I jumped on the matcha train a long time ago. Back when I first made these Chickpea Matcha Blondies, followed by the Matcha Ice Cream Sandwiches, and then simply followed by copious amounts of matcha in a cup, enjoyed steaming hot, as my new favourite tea option.
And then as my new favourite coffee alternative. As a natural source of energy, offering much the same affects as caffeine, matcha is a great option to get your boost without the jitters or caffeine withdraw that you may be accustomed to (or looking to avoid!).
Matcha is finely ground green tea leaves. Given that steeped green tea is loaded with antioxidants, consuming the entire leaf means this is an antioxidant powerhouse! Antioxidants help remove the free radicals in our body, which, if left to accumulate can lead to diseases and cancer.
You may be interested to learn however, that the body actually naturally produces free radicals during processes such as cellular respiration, energy production and exercise. While it has its own built in methods of eliminating these free radicals, it always helps to consume additional antioxidants to keep them at bay and stay healthy.
Matcha is also a great option for aiding in detoxification. This is partly from the antioxidants, but also because of the chlorophyll content of matcha. Chlorophyll makes plants green, and is essentially the life force behind most green plant matter, providing energy and nutrients to help the plant grow. We receive these same nutrients and energy building blocks when we consume plants!
If you’re still not convinced you should switch up your daily coffee for matcha every now and then, do it for your immune system. Matcha is great for supporting a healthy immune system, as it is rich in catechin, an antioxidant that functions specifically in boosting immune health.
But don’t think that this latte is all about the matcha. It contains turmeric for its anti-inflammatory properties, as well as coconut oil and coconut cream for their content of healthy fats, which aid in circulation and help maintain healthy brain function. It’s sugar free, and perfectly creamy and delicious. Not to mention, that colour.
Have it with some cookies, drink it early in the morning instead of coffee, or have it after dinner, but whatever you do, you need a little matcha in your life.