A steaming hot cup of oat mylk steamed to the optimum frothiness, with a teaspoon of matcha powder, and a dash of maple syrup. It may sound a little out there to some, but matcha has quickly become a favourite among health-seekers. Everyone knows green tea carries some benefits, if not exactly what those benefits are. Green tea has been labelled the healthiest beverage on the planet due to its richness in antioxidants and nutrients. It is said to help improve brain function, and fat loss, as well as even lowering the risk of cancer. There is still some way to go to proving these benefits, but with no nasty side effects, why wouldn’t you be drinking it?
Maybe you don’t like the taste. If not, you may enjoy the taste of green tea in its simplest form; matcha powder. This is literally ground up green tea leaves, and it has a much richer, more buttery taste than ordinary green tea, although it comes from the same plant. Some people say its an acquired taste, but adding some sugar alternatives such as maple, or agave syrup can mask any bitterness you might dislike without making it a less healthy option.
Matcha powder also carries much higher quantities of nutrients than regular old green tea. Just 1g of matcha provides 105mg of the antioxidant catechin, something that is said to help prevent cancer, boost energy, and help you burn more calories by boosting your metabolism. This alone should be reason enough to add some to your morning smoothie in the morning.
Everyone goes through good and bad days on a quest to live a healthier life, and this is something everyone can incorporate into their day easily. Add a spoonful to a smoothie, to your baked goods, or indulge in a matcha latte on a cold morning like today!
Oat or almond milk alternatives work best for a matcha latte, as they froth better than other dairy-free alternatives, and when added to normal milk, it doesn’t have quite the same buttery texture and tastes a little strange! A milk frother is also an excellent investment that you can use again and again.
It is important to understand the different types or grades of matcha that are out there for consumers. Ceremonial grade is the highest quality, using the youngest leaves, and is therefore the most expensive. It is best consumed with hot water and should not be mixed with sweeteners or milk. Next, is culinary grade. Still very good quality, but better suited for baking and cooking, as well as mixing with sweeteners and milk. It has a more robust flavour which it maintains when mixed with other ingredients. Culinary grade matcha is available in 5 further types, but premium is the one most often recommended as it still carries all those nutrients and antioxidants, without too high of a price tag. It is still quite expensive, but you only need a teaspoon to really get the flavour so a 50g pouch lasts a long time. it works great in smoothies, lattes, and baking.
Does anyone else incorporate matcha powder into their day? Let us know in the comments section below.