The Power of MATCHA
Looking for a new way to catch a caffeine boost while reaping the benefits associated with the power of antioxidants? Word on the street is that Matcha just might be the next best thing! Although its been around for years, this powdered cousin of green tea is being touted as the next best thing on the market if you're looking for something different.
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So What's the Difference between Matcha and Green Tea?
Matcha is the entire green leaf ground into powder versus green tea which involves leaves being seeped.
What are the Health Benefits of Matcha?
First, matcha is considered to be the most powerful antioxidant --hands down! This substance is rich in vitamin B12. Vitamin B12 is responsible for boosting our energy levels. B12 can also reduce substances in our blood responsible for causing heart disease and dementia.
Next, the caffeine in matcha is absorbed in our bodies over an extended period of time vs. one big swoop which helps to prevent the big drop we sometimes experience when caffeine wears off.
Matcha contains something known as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which studies have shown reduces the risk for various cancers including skin, breast, lung, prostate and colon cancer. EGCG is labeled as being 25 to 100 times more powerful than vitamin C and E.
How is Matcha Served?
There are a variety of ways to consume matcha ranging from it being an ingredient in smoothies, to being added to hot water to create a tea to even lattes.
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Matcha Latte Recipe
1. Add three tablespoons of matcha to a cup or latte mug.
2. Add enough water to the cup to dissolve the matcha enough so that you are able to mix it, removing the lumps.
3. Heat milk on the stove, stirring until it begins to simmer. You can use a whisk to do this.
4. Keep stirring milk until it becomes full or bubbly
5. Add honey to your matcha mixture.
6. Add milk to matcha until you achieve a creamy, green color.