About two months ago I decided to entertain this matcha craze going on. For those of you who don’t know, matcha is a special form of green tea in which young tea leaves are ground up into a bright green powder. Matcha literally translates to “powdered tea” & it is so good.
I have been a coffee enthusiast for a decade and after trying matcha, I have had coffee only a handful of times in the last several months. I have reduced my need for caffeine and satiated my tastebuds. I am so impressed.
Matcha can be made quite a few different ways but I like to grab a small bowl, scoop in a teaspoon or so of matcha with a few ounces of nearly boiling water. I suggest using ceremonial grade matcha for a better quality and better taste. I use a bamboo whisk to stir the tea into the water until it is completely concentrated. Then I add the mixture to a mug, add a few more ounces of nearly boiling water and stir well.
I then add a teaspoon or so of coconut butter for a creamy texture and a boost of healthy fats. My favorite brand is Artisana Organics Raw Coconut Butter. I then add an ounce of my favorite nut milk creamer like Califia Farms or Ripple pea protein milk.
You can then add any variety of vitamins or supplements to your matcha. I often add turmeric or one of my Sun Potion Powders that I’m addicted to! You can also sweeten it up if you wish, but I choose not to since matcha is already silky and smooth. Not as much of a need to cover up the taste like the bitterness of coffee for example.
My favorite everyday matcha brand is Matcha Love. I use Ippodo matcha for more special occasions.
Because matcha is concentrated, it is jam packed with nutrients. Matcha is rich in a plethora of vitamins including vitamin C, zinc, selenium, magnesium, and chromium. It helps lower cholesterol, lower blood sugar, increase fiber, detoxify the body, stabilize and even boost mood, and prevent diseases.
Give matcha a try and you just might say bye bye to coffee like I have!
Peace, love, and matcha!