The next product I love to share with you is matcha. I checked out 3 different matcha brands and the best was the matchamaiden product.
Matcha Maiden discovered the magic of matcha many years ago at its very source in Japan. Her travels throughout Asia where matcha is hailed as a hero of health allowed her to discover its many benefits as a natural and versatile fuel for the mind, body and soul.
On returning to Australia to find the miracles of matcha largely undiscovered, Matcha Maiden made it her mission to spread the matcha magic. After much research and taste-testing, she sourced her Japanese-certified organic Mix N Matcha from the world renowned lush rolling fields of Kyoto, Japan.
Do you know matcha?
If not you definitely missed something in your diet which is really nutritious and healthy. The first time I drank matcha was 2 years ago while I searched for an option to coffee because coffee often makes me too nervous.
I can drink an espresso but I don’t drink coffee that often. Matcha is one of the best options to coffee.
Matcha is just 100% pure green tea leaves stone ground into a fine powder.
How is it different to regular green tea? With regular green tea, you brew hot water with tea leaves but then throw them out afterwards. With matcha, you consume the whole tea leaf along with all its green goodness (I know, how have we not been doing that all along?!) On top of that, matcha tea bushes are grown specially under cover which increases the chlorophyll and amino acid levels in the leaves even further. Matcha can have the nutritional value of up to 10 cups of regular green tea and up to 137 x the antioxidants of regular green tea!
Matchamaiden Matcha has no added sugar or other additives whatsoever. It is certified-Japanese organic and is sourced from the world renowned rolling hills of Kyoto, Japan.
The potential health benefits of green tea are well known and include:
- increased focus and concentration
- higher energy levels
- enhanced metabolism
- stronger immune system
- clearer skin
- general improved wellbeing
- ANTIOXIDANTS: These help boost the immune system and fight cancer-causing free radicals in the body. According to the latest testing method, ORAC, matcha’s rating is 1300 units per gram, compared to pomegranates 105 units per gram or blueberries 91 units. 1 g of matcha = 500g raw spinach. 130 times more calcium than normal green tea and 172 times the amount of protein!!!
- THEANINE: Tea is the only plant that makes this amino acid which is what makes you alert without giving you the jitters and is why green tea is a superior source of caffeine to coffee. It stimulates the brain waves while relaxing the mind – this is why buddhist monks use matcha for meditation. It creates the same energising effect of coffee without the anxiety and shakes coffee can cause.
- CAFFEINE: Yes, green tea does contain caffeine. Caffeine is also known for its potential to increase focus and stimulate weight loss. However, 1 gram of matcha contains about 25-30mg of caffeine whereas regular coffee has up to 80-100mg. Further, the caffeine in green tea combines with theanine to create a focusing and calming effect on the body rather than the nervousness of too much coffee!
- VITAMINS & MINERALS: The rest is all long sciencey words like chlorophyll and bioflavonoids. To simplify, green tea contains lots of other goodies that help boost the immune system, help you detox and maintain general wellbeing. Matcha has higher levels of oil soluble constituents (e.g. Vitamins A, E and beta carotene) that are otherwise extracted into water when brewed as regular green tea. Win!
Matcha is not the most cheapest food ingredient. So if you like to test it, you can get 15% discount by using the code nutsandblueberries15 when you order by www.matchamaiden.com.
Here you find the recipe for a healthy matcha Latte.
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