What is Matcha? Matcha is a concentrated green tea powder, ultimately derived from gyokuro. It has been consumed in Japan for almost 1000 years. It was traditionally reserved for royalty, religious dignitaries and spiritual leaders.
What are the benefits? Matcha provides 4-6 hours of mild steady energy as it acts both as a stimulant and a relaxant. It can increase thermogenesis (the body’s rate of burning calories). It is filled with antioxidants, which boost your body’s natural defense to oxidation and could help prevent age related diseases. It helps protect skin from UV rays, while improving blood flow and overall skin quality. Pretty good, right?
How do you use it? There are many ways to use Matcha. I was first introduced to it when I worked at Starbucks. They have a green tea latte made with Matcha. It sounds weird, but I would describe it as having an earthly or grassy flavor. I fell in love with it in the summer mixed with vanilla soy milk, melon syrup and shaken up with ice. It was sweet, creamy and refreshing. There were times when I would crave this drink, maybe it was my body’s way of telling me I needed more antioxidants. You can use it to make hot lattes, smoothies, shakes, popsicles or you can even use it to bake with! I will be honest and say that it doesn’t smell very good and it definitely has an acquired taste, a little goes a long way, but the health benefits are undeniable.
Kiss Me Organics Matcha: It was a beautiful bright green color, which ensures that it is not stale. It had a fine powdery consistency, good for mixing and had a very fresh earthy flavor. I feel that this product is a very good high quality green tea concentrate. I would recommend it. Okay, now for the fun part! Let me get you started with a simple recipe of how I enjoy my matcha.
Iced Green Tea Latte Recipe
Fill a shaker 1/4 of the way with ice, add 3/4 cup of milk (I used vanilla soy milk), 1 tsp. of matcha powder, and your choice of sweetener to taste (I like to use a simple syrup, but you could use whatever you want: honey, vanilla, etc).
Put a lid on and shake aggressively until all or most of the matcha is dissolved. Pour over a little more ice. It should have a nice foam on top. It is normal for some of the matcha to settle on the bottom of glass. If this bothers you, reshake or strain. Enjoy!
Have you ever tried Matcha before? If so, in what forms? Do you have any recipes you could share with us?
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