Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past two years, you’ve probably heard of the amazing benefits of matcha green tea. It has as much caffeine as coffee, so it’s a great pick-me-up. Furthermore, it has also been linked to plenty of possible health benefits such as lower blood pressure, increased metabolism and may even protect against cancer and heart disease.
Here are some tips for incorporating this superfood into your summer eating habits…
Matcha Green Tea
The simplest way to consume matcha green tea is simply to drink it. However, not all matcha teas are created equal so here are some things you should consider:
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a kind of green tea that is predominantly used in Japan. It has been a part of Japanese culture for hundreds of years and was traditionally consumed as part of a beautiful and elaborate ceremony. Nowadays you can find matcha all over the world in cakes, lattes and much more.
With most tea drinks, the leaves are steeped in water and removed beforeconsumption. With matcha (literally ‘powdered tea’) the leaves themselves are crushed and dried into a fine powder which is whisked into the drink itself which means you get more of the benefits of the plant.
Matcha Green Tea Grade:
Matcha comes in two basic grades which are ceremonial and culinary. Ceremonial grade matcha is what you’ll need to buy if you’re planning on drinking it. Ceremonial grade matcha is more expensive, but seriously worth it if you want to actually, you know, enjoy the taste. For cooking or baking (and even for smoothies and lattes if you plan on added lots of other flavored ingredients) you can use the cheaper culinary grade matcha.
Matcha Green Tea Brand:
Matcha is considered by some to be an acquired taste. Some people find it too bitter or even a little ‘fishy tasting’. This is usually down to drinking the wrong grade or simply a case of finding your preferred brand. My personal favorite is by Urban Vibes because it has a delicate, mild flavor that makes it perfect for drinking with no added sweeteners. Plus it comes in an adorable little tin and I’m a sucker for cute things.
Matcha Green Tea Preparation:
If you’re used to drinking Matcha Lattes, be warned: real matcha green tea is very different from the sugary, creamy confections whipped up by Starbucks.
- Put 1/2 a tsp of matcha powder into a cup or bowl. If you prefer, you can sift the powder through a small sieve first to ensure it’s ultra-fine.
- Add hot water – it just be just below boiling temperature.
- Whisk the mixture until the powder has dissolved. Ideally, you should use one of these beautiful little whisks but a coffee frother will do the trick.
- Your matcha tea is now ready to drink. However, if you prefer you could add a little honey or milk to taste.
Looking for more healthy tea drinks? Check out these 5 healthy teas. Now we’ve got some matcha green tea recipes you’ll want to try for the summer.