I love coffee.
As in, when I was debating what to give up for Lent, I thought of coffee and dismissed it because I cannot give up something that is essential to daily survival.
I have it bad for coffee.
So much so that when I lived in England, I was there over half a year and never drank a single spot of tea.
So when someone suggested Matcha tea to me, I was skeptical. It is drank as a powder that you stir into hot or cold water instead of using leaves.
However, it is hard to argue with numbers…
A few other things about Matcha Tea:
1. Prevents Cancer: Green tea contains potent antioxidants called catechins, that are anti-carcinogenic.
2. Anti-Ager: Helps keep you young and healthy because of it’s ability to combat inflammation and oxidation.
3. Heart Disease Preventer: Helps lower LDL cholesterol. (Trust me, that’s a good thing).
4. Weight Loss: While I am not searching for weight loss, Matcha Tea has caffeine which makes it immediately gain points in my mind. Back to the weight thing though, it has catechins that increase thermogenesis or the rate at which the body burns calories.
5. Detoxifier: Matcha tea is grown in the shade, which makes it richer in chlorophyll than other green teas. (Meaning what gives leaves their green colour). Chlorophyll helps balance the body and is said to help clear the body of toxins, heavy metals, poisons, dioxins and hormone disrupters.
6. Fiber: Matcha green tea leaves contain a high level of easily-absorbable dietary fiber. And we all know why fibre is important!
7. Energy Booster: Yes! All the energy without the crash.
I tried Matcha for the first time before heading out on our family trip to Carriage Ridge Resort. I put the green powder in a cold, glass thermos and stirred in a zig zag pattern as the instructions suggested.
I tentatively eyed the green colour and inwardly repeated “Please don’t be disgusting!”
Of course, I made a grand production of the first sip and even got my mother to try it.
I liked it! Seriously.
Now, you are talking about the girl who takes down 2 TBS of apple cider vinegar followed by 1 TBS of fish oil each morning, but I genuinely enjoyed the tea which is a victory in tea world.
I now keep a bag at work and every day at the office at 3 pm is MATCHA TIME! I have wrangled a few others into the practice and I notice a change in my energy levels mid-afternoon.
Want to give it a try?
Swing by the Alternatives Office around 3 pm today and I will give you a sample. I keep a 1 kg bag of
cheap economical Matcha at the office. I couldn’t find a picture, but while I was searching for one, I found out that they make Matcha KitKats.
Way to ruin the ENTIRE point of chocolate.
When I am feeling peckish or immensely refined, I reach for this:
Have you tried Matcha tea? If so, do you like it or not?
Have a wonderful day, everyone! I am off to eat some leftover Shrove Tuesday pancakes!
“I have it bad for coffee.” You are freaking terrific.
And congratulations, you have successfully made me curious enough about Matcha Tea to want to give it a try. I would definitely hit up your office this afternoon were it not for the inconvenience of it being “not here.” However, I notice you got yours at Distinctly Tea so looks like I might have to make a trip to Stratford. Apparently today is “Adventurous Wednesday” in my universe.
Question: do you always drink it cold? And if you’ve tried it hot, which do you prefer?
I always have drank it cold.
I have a better idea. Coffee and matcha tea for our next Girl Who Played with Fire date! That way you can try before you buy!!
I love Matcha! I used to use it every morning in my smoothie. I’d just pop a half teaspoon of the powder into my mix once it was already blended, give it another quick whirl to mix it in, and I was good to go. I also enjoy it hot, just a small cup. It does have a bit of an acquired taste, but I like the earthy flavour. I’ll have to try it cold next time!
Also Matcha lattes are pretty tasty from Starbucks… just get the skim milk or soy as the whole milk version is pretty thick and rich.
Like media, I learn about these things years behind everyone else! Cold is my favourite way to drink it – it is thick and cold, almost like milk, but healthy!
Seriously though, I need to try the Starbucks latte!
Starbucks makes a mean Matcha latte! I’ve tried making it on my own and it was a disaster..lol
Hm, I am DEFINITELY trying this latte you speak of. I have a free drink from Starbucks and I am thinking matcha for SURE!
I just came across your blog and I love it! I also really love the Matcha latte’s from Starbucks! They’re amazing! 🙂