Updated: Apr 30, 2019
Have a cup of matcha and you will understand why in Japan this tea has been called 'the elixir of immortals'. Matcha is a potent nutritional powerhouse that gives you enough energy to run a marathon (or at least you he feeling like you can).
Mistakenly taken for a new trend, matcha tea has been around for over a century. Zen monks used matcha to remain focused and relaxed, as it also aids in producing alpha waves. Zen monks brought it from China to Japan, where matcha ceremonies firstly became popular within Samurai societies and later became a huge part of Japanese culture to this day.
If counting on daily coffee for the much needed caffeine hit, I encourage you to join the matcha cult for its miraculous list of benefits. Why do I encourage my clients to swap a regular espresso for a cup of matcha?
One cup of matcha tea contains the same amount of antioxidants as ten cups of regular green tea! Studies show, that matcha is rich in a type of polyphenol compounds catechins, and especially epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which is linked to cancer- fighting qualities of the tea. Moreover, a high ORAC score in matcha contributes towards vitality, delayed ageing and improved cardiovascular health.
And the caffeine?
There is a reason why Japan's matcha bars are the equivalent of espresso bars in the Western world. Matcha tea contains high amount of caffeine, however high quantities of amino acid L-Theanine help balance the effects of caffeine and keep you alert for longer periods of time, without heart palpitations or energy spikes. Excellent swap for stressful lifestyles.
There is a reason Zen monks were drinking matcha- high quantity of L-Theanine help produce alpha waves in the brain, keeping them alert and relaxed at the same time. The amino acid also promotes production of dopamine and seratonin, therefore enhancing mood, increasing focus and concentration and even improving memory. Matcha also aids in increasing metabolism and gives an extra boost for activity.
This is my favourite matcha recipe, which is also really easy to make. I love using coconut milk as it gives it just enough sweetness.
Matcha Coconut Latte
Prep time 7 min
Makes 2 traditional size portions
1/2 teaspoon matcha tea powder
300ml coconut rice milk (an alternative milk)
raw honey, to taste
Heat coconut rice milk in a pan, just until it boils. Meanwhile make matcha tea with water as per traditional method above. Add hot coconut rice milk to matcha and as it cools down slightly, add raw honey to suit your taste. Make sure honey is added after the tea cools slightly, otherwise it may become toxic. Enjoy!