Is Matcha the New Coffee?
Did you know? Caffeine is the most widely consumed psychoactive drug in the world.
I will admit that I have an addiction ... a caffeine addiction. In order for me to function as a normal human being, I need to have a caffeinated beverage in my hands at ALL times. I've always been a coffee girlie, but recently I've been cheating on her with a new, healthier, and sexier drink: MATCHA.
Matcha has gained popularity as a coffee alternative for several reasons, including its many potential health benefits: steady energy without jitters, antioxidants, metabolic boosting properties, and focusing qualities.
Unlike coffee, which can lead to jitters and a crash later in the day, matcha provides a steady energy boost due to its combination of caffeine and L-theanine. L-theanine is an amino acid that promotes relaxation and calmness.
Matcha is rich in antioxidants, which help to protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals. Matcha contains more antioxidants than most other types of tea and even some fruits and vegetables.
Matcha may help to boost your metabolism, which can lead to weight loss. This is because matcha contains a compound called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which has been shown to increase metabolism and promote fat burning.
The combination of caffeine and L-theanine in matcha has been shown to improve focus and concentration, making it a good choice for people who need to stay alert and focused throughout the day.
Now, I am not trying to convince you to divorce your morning coffee because let's face it, that is impossible. However, consider including matcha into the mix of your daily beverages, you will start noticing a glow in no time!
Since this is basically my love letter to matcha, I wanted to include my favorite at-home matcha recipe (can be made hot or iced):
1-2 tsps. Ceremonial grade matcha powder (my favorites are Jade Leaf Matcha or Chamberlain Coffee)
1 tbsp. hot water
A splash of maple syrup
1/2 cup of milk (I switch between almond or cashew)
A frother or a matcha whisk
First, sift your matcha powder in a small bowl to get ride of clumps,
Next, pour your hot water over your matcha and either start frothing with a handheld frother or whisking it until it is frothy and tiny bubbles form
Now in a separate glass, froth your milk with maple syrup until it is super foamy and forms peaks
If you want your drink iced, add ice to your milk and pour your matcha on top
Now give your matcha a swirl and enter caffeine paradise!