Updated: Jul 13, 2020
My trainer recently introduced me to matcha tea and, let me tell you, it's EVERYTHING! You have probably never heard of it, but people have been drinking it for centuries. Matcha is a type of green tea, so it has all those benefits we associate with green teas and then some! Here are just a few reasons why I love it:
NO CAFFEINE CRASH
Matcha tea is made with the entire leaf, so it contains almost as much caffeine as a cup of coffee. BUT our bodies metabolize it differently. The caffeine in matcha tea is released slowly over 6-8 hours! That's long-lasting energy and improved focus without the crash that comes with drinking coffee.
HIGH IN ANTIOXIDANTS
Matcha tea has about 13 times the antioxidants in pomegranates and 15 times those in blueberries. Studies show matcha's high antioxidant content can prevent cell damage from free radicals.
Matcha tea contains L-theanine, an amino acid that puts you in a meditative state. Yes, please! As a COO and mother of two, anything that helps me relax is a win. The caffeine and L-theanine in matcha tea are a perfect pair. The caffeine gives you energy and the L-theanine relaxes you. So, no jitters! You're left feeling calm yet alert.
There are countless studies out there that support the weight loss benefits of green teas. Research suggests people who drink green tea weigh less and maintain their weight better than those who don't drink green tea. Matcha certainly seems to be helping me shed extra weight; I'm down 60 pounds!
So, how do you make matcha tea? I keep it simple. I stir half a teaspoon of ground matcha into 4-6 ounces of hot water and add a teaspoon of honey. Mmmm! You can buy ground matcha almost anywhere. I get mine from Walmart or Sprout. Give it a try and let me know what you think! Cheers!
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