Fall in love with Matcha
Updated: May 16
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What is Matcha?
Matcha is a powdered type of green tea that simply means powdered tea. Matcha is a type of green powder that comes from green tea leaves instead of just using the tea leaves to make your cup of tea.
Green Tea Made Differently
Aside from the main difference, Matcha is a powder instead of using leaves. The tea plant itself is also grown with a slight difference. The plants used for Matcha are covered with cloth before harvesting. This process allows the leaves to have much more flavor, which is better for a tea ground into powder. Then, Matcha powder just needs to be broken up and whisked a bit before making your cup of tea.
Health Benefits of Matcha
Matcha is a higher quality form of green tea. Therefore you'll get the same health benefits of green tea but heightened. Matcha benefits Fibromyalgia by increasing memory, focus, and concentration, boosting energy and mood, as well as supporting improvements in weight management. In other words, Matcha can help with the symptoms of fibro fog, fibro fatigue, and fibro weight gain.
You Can Use Different Recipes
If the taste of green tea is stopping you from trying Matcha, you'll be pleased to know that you can make this with many flavor combinations. For example, matcha can be used to add to a smoothie recipe, where you get the health benefits of the Matcha powder but the taste of the frozen fruit, juice, and yogurt that is added to the smoothie.
Of course, you can also just make a hot or cold teacup with Matcha and some fruit ingredients, honey, and other flavors. Recipe ideas are coming up.
Tips for Making Matcha Tea
It may be a little intimidating to make your own matcha green tea, but it is actually simpler than thought. If you want to try the traditional route, you can use a bamboo whisk and a teacup, but you definitely don’t have to do that. Here are some tips for making it with a more modern approach.
Start With a Good Quality Matcha Powder
While you can now find matcha powder just about anywhere, you want to be careful of the brand and the quality. The best matcha powder will be imported from Japan, or at the very least, a top-quality organic version of it in the country where you live.
Try to find the highest grade matcha green tea powder you can find. If you can’t tell which is the best, look for all-natural, organic powder with no additives in the ingredients. Choosing powder from a natural health food or vitamin store is better than your ordinary grocery store.
The Simple Method to Make Matcha
You can try making green tea matcha with a bamboo whisk and authentic tea bowl, but that isn’t necessarily mandatory.
For a more modern method, heat some filtered water in a teapot and add it to your matcha powder bowl. Mix it until it forms a paste, then add more water and stir it until it turns into a tea.
Regardless of the method you choose, you should not just add the powder directly from the bag or container. It is often compacted, so you need to loosen it up with a whisk. You can also grind up the powder with a mortar and pestle.
Customize your Matcha Tea
If you like the taste of green tea, you will probably be just fine with regular matcha green tea as-is. However, many people want a little more flavor to their tea, so this is when it is up to you to customize the flavor.
If you are trying to lose weight, just be careful what you add. Using cream and sugar in the tea can change the taste, adding extra fat and calories. Instead, you might want to try mixing up your tea with some fruit flavorings or a sugar substitute. Also, some natural sweetness can be obtained from honey or nut milk.
Matcha Flavor Combos to Try
Drinking matcha green tea is highly beneficial, but not everyone wants just regular green tea. If this sounds like you, you will enjoy at least one of these different drink combos that use green tea and other delicious ingredients.
Minty Iced Matcha
This first recipe is an iced matcha green tea that uses some mint. It has a refreshing taste that is lovely on a hot summer day. Use fresh cold water, and combine your matcha powder with mint, lime juice, crushed ice, and a little honey if you like a little sweetness. You can put it in a mason jar or shaker with the lid on and give it a good shake.
Iced Matcha Latte
Start with your favorite type of milk, whether dairy milk, cashew milk, almond milk, or kind of milk. Unsweetened is best when you add a sweetener like honey or maple syrup. Otherwise, you can use sweetened nut milk instead. Next, you will add your matcha powder and a little bit of vanilla extract, then add the ingredients to a blender. Once blended, pour your drink over ice, and it’s ready.
Coconut Latte With Matcha
Another delicious latte drink that uses green tea powder is one flavored with coconut. Coconut has a fun tropical flavor, plus extra nutrition from the Matcha instead of just a regular coffee latte. You still get a little caffeine with this drink. You will make this similar to the other latte, except by adding a little coconut oil to the glass. You can make it a more robust flavor by using coconut milk instead of the other milk options.
Mocha Green Tea
Combine Matcha green tea powder with cacao powder, ground vanilla bean, and milk when you want a little mocha mixed in your drink. Coconut milk, oat milk, and almond milk are all great options.
Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Options
If you want the health benefits of Matcha but don’t enjoy hot drinks, why not make a smoothie? Use Matcha green tea powder combined with your favorite fruits to cover up the taste. Here are four different types of Matcha green tea smoothies to try out.
1. Green Tea Berry Smoothie
This berry smoothie takes the benefits of nutritious berries with the added health benefits of the Matcha green tea powder combined to pack a healthy punch. Add any berries you like; they can be fresh or frozen or a berry mix.
Try blueberries, strawberries, and raspberries. Combine the berries with nut milk, Matcha powder, chia seeds, and a banana in a blender. Add a boost of flavor with some cinnamon or honey. For thicker smoothies, add in some protein powder as well.
2. Matcha Banana Tea Smoothie
This smoothie is super easy to make. Add a frozen banana, Matcha powder, milk, and maple syrup to your blender. It is best to use a frozen banana because it gives the smoothie a lovely consistency without using a lot of ice. Latte-grade Matcha powder is best when making a smoothie.
3. Banana Cacao Matcha Smoothie
Let's take it one step further, using the same ingredients as the banana smoothie but adding a chocolate flavor. It won't taste much like green tea, so it's the best option when you want a healthier version of a banana chocolate smoothie. Add a frozen banana, matcha powder, almond or cashew milk, cacao powder, and maple syrup.
4. Matcha Smoothie Bowl
Have you tried making a smoothie bowl? Why not try one with Matcha! Remember that smoothie bowls are thicker than regular smoothies, so you want to add Matcha as the powder instead of the tea. The powder helps thicken it up.
For the bowl, add your frozen banana, frozen berries, yogurt, spinach, and a little bit of almond milk to a blender. Pour it into a bowl and add your favorite toppings like coconut shavings and cacao nibs.
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