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Today I’ve got a little health post for you all. I’ve been trying to live super clean and healthy lately so I thought it would be good to share some good stuff with you all. Hopefully, it will inspire you all to be healthier too!
What is Matcha?
Two weeks ago, I was sent a pouch of 100% natural Matcha Tea from Love Matcha, (straight from Japan), to review and to be totally honest I had never heard of ‘Matcha’ before, although, I have heard of green tea and after doing some FBI work on the stuff I’ve found out that Matcha is green tea! Matcha is a finely ground stone powder of a specially grown green tea. It is an excellent mood-enchancing, antioxidant powerhouse, natural weight loss aid, pH balancer and detox agent. It is perfect for simple tea’s, lattes, smoothies and cocktails.
Now, I’m no green tea expert but surprisingly I have been drinking green tea for years – I just buy the simple boxes of teabags which probably have less antioxidants and health benefits than the powder form. Although a few months ago my boyfriends friend who happens to be a professional MMA fighter (health freak, ahem) gave me some top quality Chinese green tea which he got from China itself. (It tastes bad and smells like absolute shit, but it’s good stuff). They were super good quality it’s just the smell puts me off drinking it. So yeah, I’ve tried the teabags but never the powder, until recently of course!
What’s is good for?
Matcha is good for almost everything! It is packed with vitamin C, it has 1573 antioxidants, it is high in Catechin which helps to speed up metabolism and burn fat quicker whilst exercising and it contains Cholophyll which helps to detoxify the body.
What I like best about it is that it helps to boost mood and mental well-being. I can be a moody bitch sometimes, I won’t lie, ha-ha so I hope the more I drink the better my mood swings will be.
How to use?
For a Matcha shot jar: (best way for me) Add 1/2 tsp of Match to the jar and fill it half way up with hot water, stir then fill the remainder of the jug with cold water and drink in one go.
For a Matcha Latte: Take 1/2 tsp of Matcha to your cup and mix it with 50 ml water. Once you have a liquid paste texture, top up your cup with warm milk. (You can use any milk) Almond & Coconut are my favourites and they are super healthy too but you can use cows milk if you wish!
For a Matcha Mint Iced Tea: Using a shaker, shake together water and 1/2 a tsp of Matcha until there are no lumps, then, add ice!
Add a tsp to a home made sugar scrub or face mask and mix good. (Make sure you do a skin allergy test first)
Where to buy?
You can get some Matcha here. For a 50g pouch it is £8.99 and for a 100g pouch it is £11.99.
The Matcha powder came in a re-sealable pouch so it will stay fresh for longer. It should also be stored in the fridge for maximum freshness!
The powder smells quite mild and the colour of it is beautiful, it’s like a bright sage, seaweed green if you get my drift – it’s a lovely colour. But… I didn’t like how it tasted. I tried this in both my coffee and tea and they turned a greeny-brownish colour. I wasn’t fond of the taste at all and I couldn’t sit there sipping away and enjoy it like I do a normal cuppa!
My friend recommended I try it in a smoothie instead, which I found more pleasant and easier to drink. I’ve also added some to yoghurt and it tastes better like this compared to adding it to tea and coffee.
My proffered way of drinking Matcha is in a chupito shot glass. I have 6 of them and they are a bit bigger than normal shot glasses and they have a lid. So I’ve been putting 1/2 tsp in each of my 6 jars, adding hot water half way up and stirring it then I fill the jar up with cold water and stir again. I then go for gold and down it in one like a sambuca. With the other 5 I screw the lids on, let them cool and I then store them in the fridge so my next one is already made.
I prefer this way because the drinking part is quick but I still get the healthy benefits of Matcha. You can get some chupito jars here.
Oh and Matcha can even be added to a homemade sugar scrub or a DIY face mask although I advise you do a skin allergy test 24 hours before you put it on your skin.
This is Culinary Matcha (cooking grade) and I believe it is a lower grade compared to Ceremonial Grade Japanese Organic Matcha, so if you are looking for the best quality, that is what you should buy/use instead. You can find some Ceremonial Grade Matcha here.