So lately I’ve been obsessed with drinking matcha. Pretty much all the girls in my office are as well. Don’t get me wrong, I still drink my morning coffee but matcha has been my go-to when I get that mid-day crash. Although I know I should stay away from drinking coffee, I just can’t cut it cold turkey… it’s my vice, what can I say? If you’re a mom… you know.
On the upside, I’ve substituted my mid-day coffee for a cup of matcha. If you’re not familiar with the recent health trend, matcha is actually really good for you. It’s made up of finely ground, bright green-tea powder that has the scientific name, Camellia sinensis. The benefits are insane. Matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. It is rich in vitamin A, C, E, K and vitamin B complex and has a high level of dietary fiber. That’s just a few of the nutrients that’s jam packed into a serving of matcha.
Matcha promotes relaxation and has a calming effect on the body. It helps boost alpha waves in the brain that enhances your mood, encourages relaxation and induces a strong feeling of mental clarity while achieving an alert state of mind. In addition to clearing your mind, matcha has antioxidants such as catechins which detox the body! These catechins protect the body from the occurrence of disorders or inflammations associated with oxidative stress. Matcha also has chloryphyll present which is a detoxifier that helps in cleansing the blood. It helps in preventing the association of harmful toxins with colon walls and flushes them out of the body.
In addition to all of these benefits, matcha helps prevent a lot of illnesses like cancer, eye disorder, infections, HIV, and renal damage.
Just be aware that this is a very strong from of green tea so it does have caffeine. So I typically don’t drink it after 4 and always consult with your primary physician if you’re drinking it during pregnancy or lactation.
My Matcha recipe:
3/4 cup of hot (or cold) water - depending on if you want it iced or hot
1/4 cup almond milk
1 scoop Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen
1 teaspoon Raw Manuka Honey
Dissolve Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen into hot water. Whisk it using a matcha whisk.
Gradually add warmed milk, stirring until matcha is fully dissolved.
Pour into the mug of your choice and enjoy! Add ice if you prefer it to be an iced matcha latte.
What are some of your favorite matcha brands or recipes? Let me know below!