matcha magic

 

I’m a routine morning coffee drinker, and it’s not even because of the caffeine. It’s more about the ritual of slowly waking up and basking in the silky flavors of my favorite mocha java.  For some reason, tea has never done the same thing for me - until I discovered matcha. 

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The benefits of matcha are plentiful. Matcha is high in antioxidants (137x more than brewed green tea!), increases energy levels, boosts brain function, protects the liver, burns calories, and enhances mood. Matcha is rich in fiber, chlorophyll, and vitamins and is good for your skin, your liver, and your overall wellbeing

Fun fact (because I'm a brain geek): Matcha is especially rich in L-Theanine, an amino acid that promotes relaxation in the body by creating alpha waves in the brain. L-Theanine is a glutamate, which is one of the most abundant neurotransmitters in the nervous system.  Neurotransmitters are chemical signals that neurons (the fundamental units of the brain and nervous system) use to communicate with each other.   Glutamates are thought to play an important role in functions of learning and memory.  Therefore, matcha also boosts the brains ability to learn and memorize information! 

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For my caffeine lovers - single serving of matcha usually contains 35 mg of caffeine (roughly half the amount in coffee).  Because of the presence of high levels of a phytonutrient called catechin, it actually takes your system longer to process the caffeine in matcha.  The caffeine binds to the larger catechin molecules, which are released slowly into the bloodstream over time.  This means that you don't feel as jittery as you do when you drink coffee - one cup of matcha can provide sustained for up to 8 hours!  

As with most potions/foods/recipes, I always like to figure out how to make things myself.  It’s not only cheaper, but doing so means that I am able to modify what I’m consuming so that it tastes exactly how I want it to.

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Here’s how I drink my matcha:

Heat 3/4 cup of nut milk (I like homemade cashew milk) to a soft simmer

Heat ¼ cup water to a boil

Add 1 teaspoon of matcha powder to my favorite mug (an important part of my ritual)

Whisk ¼ cup boiling water with the matcha powder

Add the warmed nut milk

Add 1 teaspoon of maple syrup (more, if you like sweater)

Pour the entire mixture in a Vitamix & blend until frothy (about 30 seconds)

Pour back into your mug then voila!

Enjoy your silky, creamy, healthy mug of goodness!