Matcha

As promised earlier this week on Instagram, my matcha follow-up.  If you’re on Instagram and you don’t already, come follow me here.

I was introduced to matcha a couple of years ago and was curious so I decided to try it.  At times I wanted a little extra energy boost in the morning but wanted to keep my caffeine intake low and matcha did just the trick.  It isn’t that having caffeine is all bad it is just how and when people decide to consume it that can give them trouble at times.

You see when we go all night without eating or drinking our bodies naturally go into an acidic state.  What we break our fast with can really impact our bodies.  This is why many will have a glass of water or warm water with lemon first thing in the morning.  Having something like water before a cup of coffee sets you up for better health.

Personally having too much caffeine or too often leaves me feeling on edge and a bit jittery, no good.  So matcha is a much better choice for me and as I enjoy the benefits I realize that it makes me feel GOOD.  

Some of what I know about matcha;

* ½ the amount of caffeine as coffee.

* rich in the amino acid L-Theanine which promotes relaxation and enhances mood

* full of antioxidants which aid immunity and protect the body including EGCg with cancer

fighting properties

* contains chlorophyll which supports and detoxes the body

* known to speed up recovery from working out

* provides a boost without a jittery feeling or an acidic stomach

* focused, alert, calming energy

While conducting research for this article I was reminded that there are varying qualities of matcha.  Getting one from Japan that is ceremonial grade is best to consume as a tea.  The one I used here is from Nature’s Blueprint, click on the name to go directly to their site. There is a lot more info on matcha there as well.

So, I promised 2 ways to enjoy matcha….these are really just the two that I’ve used.  Of course there are many ways to incorporate matcha into food and drink recipes.

Traditional tea method

½-1 tsp matcha tea

4-5 oz hot water

Put the tea in your cup, add water and whisk until mixed.

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Matcha tea bulletproof style

½-1 tsp matcha tea

1 scoop collagen powder

1/4 tsp ashwagandha powder

2 tsp coconut butter

Stevia (or sweetener of choice)

1 cup hot coconut milk

Add all the ingredients except the milk to a blender and blend well.

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I’d love to hear how you use matcha if you do.  And if you give it a try, let me know how you like it.

Thanks for being here,

amber

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