I had never heard of matcha powder before getting into nutrition. Now, most people have heard of it, but many don’t know exactly what it is or the health benefits.
Matcha is finely ground green tea leaves and the queen of antioxidants (in my opinion turmeric/curcumin is the king). Research indicates that it provides benefits for blood glucose levels and lipid metabolism, and reduced inflammation.
However, matcha does contain caffeine (about half that of regular coffee), so it may not be appropriate for individuals who are highly sensitive to caffeine levels. Also, because green tea can be contaminated with lead it is important to buy match from a source that tests its products.
A matcha tea ceremony is how the Japanese traditionally enjoy this beverage. The ritual can take hours to prepare and is a symbol of peace, harmony, and happiness. While I haven’t learned all the intricacies of the ceremony, I have found ways to include this antioxidant powder in my diet including the simple recipe below.
I have also shared another recipe using matcha in my Making Healthy Eating Easy private Facebook group. You can request to join here.
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- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1.5 cups unsweetened almond milk
- 1 tsp maple syrup or honey optional
- Heat almond milk and maple syrup/honey (if using) in a small pot.
- Add matcha powder to cup.
- When milk is hot, add about 1/4 cup to powder and stir until well combined and a paste forms.
- Add the rest of the milk, stir and enjoy.