I am obsessed with all things matcha. It started on my trip to Tokyo, Japan (which is where my obsession for Japanese custard filled pancakes began too – more on those soon). I was lucky enough to go to a traditional tea ceremony, where we witnessed the ancient art of making green tea. The ceremony was beautiful to watch, mesmerizing even. I have to admit I am a tad impatient so I like things to be done quickly, but here everything is done slowly with intention and as I watched the Japanese lady in her traditional kimono I was calmed by her ‘performance’. Once we were able to drink the matcha (crushed green tea powder) it was love at first sip.
Green tea is bursting with antioxidants (these fight environmental agressers that cause skin ageing and disease) so imagine the benefits you’d reap if you drank the actual tea leaves rather than steeping the tea in water and purely drinking the infused water?! Let me tell you what they are….
Full of Catechins…
These are like souped-up anti-oxidants. EGCg in particular makes up 60 per cent of the catechins in matcha and has been shown to have cancer fighting properties. Scientists have also found that matcha contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea.
Makes you zen…
Thanks to the amino acid L-Theanine present in the green tea leaves used to make matcha. L-Theanine boosts the production of alpha waves in the brain inducing a natural state of relaxation.
Boosts your mood and memory…
As the L-Theanine also produces dopamine and serotonin. These two brain chemicals boost mood, improve memory, and help with concentration too.
Ups energy levels and stamina….
As like coffee matcha also contains caffeine but unlike coffee drinkers you won’t experience the intense slump once its worn off. Also its worth noting that the energy from matcha typically comes from the nutrients present and can last for up to 6-hours.
Helps with weight loss….
Studies show that Catechins also have thermogenic properties that increase the rate at which the body burns calories. Plus, it has also been said that exercising post matcha consumption results in 25 per cent more fat burning during exercise.
I drink mine with almond milk and a teaspoon of maple syrup (one of the better sugars) and have it hot or cold depending on my mood. I also mix it into my Lomax Nutrition vegan protein powder and add a touch of cinnamon too. Alternately if I’m in the office I simply add the powder to hot water and drink Japanese style.