If you read the title of this post and your first thoughts were “what the heck is a matcha”, let me explain. Matcha is a specific kind of green tea. In fact, it is the highest quality powdered green tea on the market. What makes it different – from some of the more common green teas – is that it’s made from nutrient-rich young tea leaves and it’s stone ground into a very fine powder.
The practice of milling tea leaves into a fine powder actually dates back to China around the 10th century; however, Japan revived this tradition in the 11 century and has become Japans most treasured kind of green tea. As you might imagine, matcha tea has made its way to the U.S. and we’ve found such a love for it as well.
Matcha has definitely also found a home in my pantry and has become a key part of my morning self-care routine.
If you’ve been keeping up here you know that I’ve come to know anxiety very well over the last two years. I personally have opted out of meds and have sought natural approaches to managing my anxiety. Turns out that my best shot at keeping the anxiety at bay is self-caring like crazy!
What this really means for me is:
- more intentional positivity
- practicing kindness toward myself
- letting go of the small stuff
- doing work that’s inspiring
- being mindful to operate from a place of flow rather than force
- being sure to center myself in the morning
While I don’t always have time for “centering” every morning, when I do have time, my morning self-care routine usually looks like:
As I mentioned, matcha is like the QUEEN of green tea’s. It actually contains L-Theanine which is an amino acid that works wonders with reducing anxiety and stress. According to a study done in the Journal of Physiological Anthropology – L-Theanine not only reduces anxiety but it has been highlighted for its effects on cognition and mood. Can you now see why matcha is a must??? Not only does it help my anxiety ‘keep calm’ but it helps me start the day mentally sharp and emotionally balanced.
And since I love it so much, I wanted to share a few of my fave recipes with you:
SIMPLE MATCHA Tea
1tsp matcha green tea powder tea
1 cup hot water (not boiling)
Add matcha powder and 1tsp warm water to small bowl. Use small whisk or fork to mix matcha into water. Add rest of water to bowl. Pour mixture into cup if you prefer. Enjoy!
MATCHA WITH MILK & HONEY
1tsp matcha tea green tea powder
1tsp raw or manuka honey
1tsp hot water (not boiling)
1 cup almond milk, warmed
Add matcha powder and 1tsp warm water to small bowl. Use small whisk or fork to mix matcha into water. Add ghee and honey. Pour warm almond milk over the matcha, ghee, and honey mixture. Stir and Enjoy! 🙂
Matcha ICED LATTE
-adapted from Food.com
1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
2 ounces hot water (but not boiling)
8 ice cubes
1 cup almond milk
- Mix 1/2 tsp green tea powder in 2 ounces of hot water in a bowl. Stir with a whisk until completely dissolved.
- Stir in 3 teaspoons of raw honey
- Add in 4 ounces of milk and stir.
- (Optional) Add 1 teaspoon of vanilla syrup
- Add ice cubes and blend in a blender until smooth.
- Note: You could also drink this as a Matcha Green Tea Iced Latte by just pouring the mixture over ice instead of blending.
If you’re not in the mood to make this one yourself, Starbucks has a Matcha Latte that’s to die for.
MATCHA Mango SMOOTHIE
-adapted from Secret Squirrel Food
1 frozen ripe banana
1 handful of spinach
1 tbsp oats
1/2 tbsp Matcha Powder
1 cup almond milk
Blend all ingredients in blender for a few minutes (except for mango). In separate jar, smash mango. Pour matcha smoothie mix over mango. Enjoy!
Now if you’re wondering about the taste of matcha, it has a full-bodied, creamy and mildly bitter bite. It blends well in all the drink recipes above so you don’t have to worry a bit. However, if all of the information I shared wasn’t convincing enough as to why you should get on the matcha bandwagon, dig this:
- It’s packed with antioxidants.
- It boosts metabolism and burns calories.
- It detoxifies effectively and naturally.
- It calms the mind and relaxes the body.
- It’s rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins.
- It enhances mood and aids in concentration.
Is this enough to make you a matcha lover? How about a friend who struggles with anxiety or any of the challenges mentioned above? I provided you with several recipes that be of great help, so def share this article with them.
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