May 22, 2016 by Living Girl Living Foods
Matcha concoctions have been rising at delicious rates but when I ask people what do they know about Matcha the typical response is, “It is pretty much green tea but more powerful.”
Yes, Matcha takes a bit like Green Tea, to me a less vegetable like in flavor but similar. Matcha is grown as a leaf, like green tea, however we are more likely to find Matcha in powder form. We often find matcha in a powder ground up form, this aids us in absorbing more of the nutrients and benefits. When we use herbs in a tea form the water can only extract so much from the leaves.
I purchased my Matcha powder online however it can be found in most all natural and/or organic grocery stores in the supplement isle near meal powders, protein powders and superfood items.
There is a long list of health benefits of this super plant…
- Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
- EGCg and other catechins counteract the effects of free radicals from the likes of pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals, which can lead to cell and DNA damage.
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Rich in fiber, chlorophyll (chlorophyll is like the blood of plants, so just imagine how powerful this is in our bodies) and vitamins
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
- ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), experts at Tufts University discovered that matcha possesses an amazing twenty times more so than pomegranates or blueberries. Matcha’s ORAC rating is a hearty 1573 units per gram, compared to pomegranates 105 units per gram or blueberries 93 units
- When you drink matcha you ingest the entire leaf and receive 100% of the nutrients of the leaf Matcha powdered green tea has 137 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea.
- One cup of matcha = 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea in terms of nutritional content
In the drink I will be sharing with you all I did not need to whisk the matcha into the concoction. Depending on how you plan to use it, you might be able to shake it in a container like I did. Otherwise you do need to put it through a sifter, add water, whisk and possibly enjoy it straight up like this as a Matcha Shot.
If you plan on using this in a hot drink like a latte, the espresso wand will do the trick.
Matcha Vanilla Lime Chia Drink Recipe
1 teaspoon matcha powder
1 cup water
Stir or shake
Add 2 tablespoons chia seeds (I used white chia seeds just because I like the look of it for this drink)
Let this sit while you…
Juice 2 limes
Scoop the beans from half of a fresh vanilla bean
Add this into the one cup of water and add two more cups of water
Optional, 2 droppers of liquid stevia
Shake, drink cold, may be add ice cubes and enjoy x
I will probably share another Matcha recipe next week and cover anything I might have possibly forgotten to share in this post. Thank you for taking the time to stop by my site.Wishing you all a delicious day! Much love ❤ and raw power 😉