Matcha 101

Matcha is a powerful form of green tea. The entire tea leaf is stone-ground into a fine powder and consumed whole, rather than the traditional preparation of steeping the tea leaf in hot liquid. Matcha is thought by many experts to provide even greater benefits than traditional green tea, due to the consumption of the whole plant.

It boasts many benefits

It helps keep your weight in check. It helps increase the activity of brown fat cells, which helps prevent obesity. People who drink 1-3 servings of matcha per day weigh an average of 8 pounds less than non-tea drinkers.

It keeps you calm, happy, and focused. Due to the concentration of the amino acid l-theanine, it may decrease feelings of stress, prevent anxiety, and increase focus. (Maru, 2015)

It gives a better kind of energy. The high concentration of l-theanine (about four times what’s found in regular green tea) slows the release of caffeine into the bloodstream. You’ll notice a much steadier increase of energy, and a much slower drop of energy compared to other caffeine sources like soda or coffee.

Say goodbye to inflammation. A high concentration of polyphenols helps lower inflammation in the body. It's recommended to consume polyphenol-rich foods several times a day.                     

Say hello to deeper detoxification. It supports the detoxification processes in our body, specifically the detoxification of toxic mineral accumulation.

It's antioxidant rich. Specifically, flavonoids. Flavonoids help increase the activity of antioxidant enzymes in the small intestine, prevent damage to cholesterol molecules, and provide protection against many chronic diseases including cancer and heart disease.

Creating a tea ritual

Purchase proper tools and high quality tea. My personal favorites are Samovar Tea Lounge in San Francisco (if you live in SF go have the matcha shake) or Pana Tea (www.panateamatcha.com). For drinking, it is best to buy ceremonial grade tea.

 Preparation is important for maintaining Matcha’s flavor:

1. Place ½-1 teaspoon Matcha tea in cup.

2. Use your whisk to first break up powder, before adding liquid.

3. Add 10 ounces of water, heated to 180 degrees.

4. Quickly move whisk in an “S” shape around mug until the powder is fully dissolved.

You can make matcha into a creamy drink using nut milk and honey. My personal favorite drink is 1 teaspoon of matcha, 1/4 cup raw cashews, 12 ounces hot water, a pinch of sea salt, 1 tablespoon raw honey, and cinnamon. Put all ingredients into a blender for 30 seconds and drink immediately! Add bulletproof collagen for a boost of protein and nutrients in the morning.