What is matcha green tea?
Matcha is a stone-ground powdered green tea used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, also known as the “elixir” to good health. Matcha has been used by Zen monks for centuries for its ability to improve mental clarity and relaxation.
The green tea leaves are shaded from the sun for the last few weeks of their growth, increasing chlorophyll content and creating a vibrant green colour. Since matcha is made from grounded up whole tea leaves, it is a more potent source of antioxidants than standard infused green tea.
What are the health benefits of matcha?
It’s an antioxidant powerhouse
Packed with antioxidants – Matcha delivers a mega dose of antioxidants. According to the latest in antioxidant research, matcha is packed with more antioxidants than any other ‘superfood’.
It can increase relaxation
Matcha is rich in L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes a state of relaxation without producing sedative effects. L-theanine relieves anxiety largely because it bears a close resemblance to the brain chemical glutamate. While glutamate is the brain’s excitatory neurotransmitter, L-theanine binds to the same brain cell receptors blocking glutamate’s effects. In addition L-theanine also stimulates the production of the relaxing neurotransmitter GABA, adding to its calming, anti-anxiety effects.
It’s a powerful detoxifier
Chlorophyll (the green pigment) helps to detoxify by binding with toxins and turning them into neutral materials. Studies have shown that chlorophyll helps in removing heavy metals that tend to accumulate in the body such as mercury, pesticides and industrial pollutants. Chlorophyll also alkalizes the body and prevents inflammation.
It prevents heart disease and increases weight loss
The catechins in green tea significantly lower LDL “the bad” cholesterol. Catechins are a type of flavanoid (antioxidants) found in certain kinds of tea, fruit, chocolate and wine. They are associated with a variety of health benefits, including the maintenance of cardiovascular health and weight loss. Catechins have thermogenic effects, activating metabolism increasing the amount of energy the body uses making it easier for your body to use excess body fat.
Matcha energy bliss balls
1 cup raw cashews or macadamia nuts
¼ cup almonds
3 Medjool dates, pitted
¼ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1 tsp matcha powder
2 tbsp cacao butter
Place all the ingredients into a food processor. Process for one minute or until finely chopped.
Roll out mixture between your hands to create evenly sized balls.
Refrigerate for 15 minutes then enjoy.
Matcha mint iced tea
2 cups filtered water
1/2 teaspoons matcha powder
2 cups crushed ice
1 lime, sliced
handfuls of mint
Using a cocktail shaker, shake water and matcha until there are no lumps.
Add ice, a squeeze of lime, handfuls of mint and shake it some more. (Add sweetener if you like). Pour into a glass with extra lime slices and mint.
Matcha chia pudding
1 cup non dairy mylk
2 tsp rice malt
1 tsp matcha powder
1/4 cup chia seeds
Handfull of berries
In a lidded container, I use mason jars, add mylk, rice malt, matcha and chia seeds. Shake throughly to mix through all the ingredients. I leave mine overnight to be enjoyed the next day.
When ready to eat, top with fruit, nuts and or other superfoods.
Chia pudding can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.
Gluten free matcha cookies
2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup finely crushed macadamias
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons matcha powder
2 tablespoons organic olive oil
1/4 – 1/2 cup rice malt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
Preheat the oven to 170 Celsius.
In bowl combine almond meal, crushed macadamias, chia seeds, baking powder, and matcha powder. Add olive oil, rice malt, vanilla and mix to combine.
Mold into your desired shape, approx 1/2 cm thick and bake for 15-20 minutes. Let them cool and enjoy !! Will make about 8 cookies.
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