"As much as you can eat healthy, it’s also important to remember to drink healthy too. Tea is very healing." Kristin Chenoweth
Matcha is everywhere these days. In the marketplace we find matcha smoothies, cookies, cakes and lattes to ice cream. But you could be missing out because most cafes and bakeries use lower grade green tea powder or even cheap matcha flavoring. For the real thing, you need to sample the sweet, delicious health elixir that is 100% pure matcha green tea.
What is Matcha?
Many people are shocked by the price of matcha: Premium grade matcha can cost over three times more than other varieties of green tea.
Why the higher cost? Matcha is made up of young, tender tea leaves ground up into a fine powder. So rather than steeping your brew, you're actually consuming the entire tea leaf. That means you actually get the same amount of tea from a small tin of matcha as you would a large bag of loose leaf green tea. Each cup of requires about 1 gram of powder.
Then there's the painstaking growth process that goes into harvesting a superior brew. To produce matcha, the camellia senensis plant is covered in shade for six weeks to slow down photosynthesis and increase chlorophyll. This produces matcha's gorgeous verdant green color and sweet, gentle taste. You won't experience the bitter and astringent flavor of other tea varieties.
Benefits of Matcha
Boosted alertness, memory and concentration: Matcha increases dopamine and serotonin, the neurochemicals that help you feel happy and motivated. It's your natural caffeine kick without the coffee jitters.
Relaxation: Boasting the rare amino acid L-Theanine, matcha induces calming alpha waves in the brain.
Energy: Giving you lasting energy for up to 6 hours, matcha was the drink of choice for both Zen monks and Samurai warriors going into battle.
Antioxidants: Matcha contains 137 times the antioxidants of regular green tea and 5 times that of blueberries.
Vitamins and minerals: Matcha is packed with calcium, protein, minerals, amino acids and Vitamins A and C.
Detoxification: Chlorophyll in matcha cleanses blood, flushing out heavy metals and toxins while preventing their future accumulation.
Weight loss: Matcha boosts your metabolism, suppresses appetite and prevents the body from storing excess fat.
Better exercise: During workouts, matcha increases your physical endurance.
Guilt-free indulgence: Sweet, delicious and soothing, matcha contains zero sugar.
Want to access your inner Zen master? Try matcha the traditional way with pure, organic matcha powder, bamboo whisk and ceramic cup. Make sure to savor each and every sip.
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