What is Matcha Tea?

Matcha means ‘powdered tea.’ Most teas we use on the regular are either in a tea bag or loose leaf tea that is discarded after steeping. With Matcha, we are literally drinking the tea leaves which have been ground into a powder. A teaspoon is mixed into a HOT cup of water and then whisked. I add nut milk and maple syrup to create a latte. I love to live dangerously.

So WHY drink Matcha tea? “In addition to providing small amounts of vitamins and minerals, Matcha is rich in antioxidants called polyphenols (hence the BRIGHT GREEN color) which have been tied to protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and anti-aging. Another poly-phenol in Matcha called EGCG (epigallocatechin-3-gallate) has been shown in research to boot metabolism, and slow or halt the growth of cancer cells.”

I have been a coffee drinker since I can remember. I love the taste, the comfort it brings and at one time the caffeine high. However the older I became, the more I noticed how coffee reacts with my body. I get the jitters, my stomach is more acidic and when the caffeine wears off I feel drained. Even though Matcha contains more caffeine than coffee, it creates an “alert calm” due to a natural substance it contains called l-theanine, which induces relaxation without drowsiness. My body seems to process it better. Still, I don’t drink it after 4pm. Need by beauty sleep!

If you’re looking to make the switch or maybe incorporate a new ‘superfood’ drink into the mix, I suggest Mighty Leaf whole leaf tea – I trust this brand. Their organic Matcha teas are made from leaves that are sourced from fields in Japan and 100% certified organic. If Matcha isn’t your thing, they carry a plethora of loose leaf teas, tea bags, wellness tea and accessories.

Eat. Pray. Love. Oil.

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