Next to pure water, green tea is one of the most nutritious beverages you can consume.
Tea originates from the leaves of Camellia sinensis. About 500 species of tea exist, divided into about 50 different countries, with China leading all nations in abundance… but the highest quality teas come from Japan.
The most nutrient-rich green tea, Matcha green tea, comes in a stone-ground powder form – completely unfermented. The best Matcha green tea comes from Japan and is steamed, not roasted or pan-fried. As a result, Matcha green tea retains all the nutrient-rich value possible from the tea leaf.
The health benefits of matcha tea far exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. In terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content, one glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea.
Matcha contains an incredible cancer-fighting class of antioxidants known as catechins, which arent found in other foods.
Matcha is rich in L-Theanine, an amino acid that actually promotes a state of relaxation and well-being. L-Theanine creates alpha waves, which lead to a state of relaxed alertness. L-Theanine inhibits any possible side-effects from caffeine (a natural component of green tea). Therefore, matcha aids concentration and clarity of mind without any of the nervous energy that you get from coffee.
Some other benefits of Matcha Tea:
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Detoxifies effectively and naturally
- Calms and relaxes
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Fights against viruses and bacteria
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
Here are a few recipes using Matcha:
Cold Matcha Frappe
Blend the following:
- 3 ice cubes
- ¼ cup coconut milk
- ¾ cup water
- 1 Tb. raw honey or stevia
- 1/8- 1/2 tsp. Organic Matcha Green Tea powder
A great energy boost to start your day:
Place about 1/8-1/4 tsp. of Organic Matcha Green Tea powder in a 16 oz water bottle filled with cold water. Shake well until dissolved.
Matcha Ginger Tea
- 1 tsp organic matcha powder
- 2 T fresh ginger, chopped or grated*
- 1/2 cup ice
- juice of 1/2 lime
- honey (optional)
Blend ice, matcha and ginger together at high speed until ice is crushed. Pour immediately into a chilled glass. Add lime juice and honey to taste.
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