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Mad about Matcha Tea

Mad about Matcha Tea

June 11, 2015 0 Comments

Boost your energy and be healthier!
I always love to visit my friends at Maison del Gusto and always discover new wonderful products to taste and try. I was telling them what a huge fan I am of Matcha Tea so they were very excited to share with me this wonderful new range with the most amazing flavours and combinations.  I choose the ginger and ginseng for “Mindpower” – just what I am in need of at the moment!!!

Why Matcha Tea?

1/2 a teaspoon of this gorgeous green goodness will give you:
137 times the antioxidants of green tea,  
70 the times of antioxidants of orange juice, 
9 times the beta carotene of spinach!

Benefits of Matcha Tea

Matcha is known to boost energy – apparently it lasts 4-6 hours due to its slow release caffeine. The amazing thing about Matcha is that it doesn’t give your the spike and downers like coffee and sugary energy drinks and contains only 3 calories per serving.

Drinking Matcha Tea once a day naturally increases your metabolism by 35%-43% and if thats not enough, a shot of this gorgeous green powerhouse powder before a workout increases fat oxidation (helps burn fat faster).  It does not raise blood pressure or heart rate and is alkaline so helps balance your body’s pH levels.

Matcha Tea can help to reduce stress and anxiety despite its caffeine content as it is regulated by L-Theanine (amino acid), which doesn’t stimulate cortisol (the stress hormone) like coffee does. Instead, it promotes relaxation without the drowsiness caused by other calming products.

The L-Theanine found in matcha increases the production of dopamine and serotonin, which enhances your mood, promotes better concentration and improves memory for up to four hours.  Buddhist monks love it and have been drinking for centuries!

The huge amount of antioxidants that Matcha delivers are actually bioavailable which means that the body will actually absorb the antioxidants.  These antioxidants help reduce tissue damage caused by UV radiation and pollution for a natural ‘anti-aging’ regime which will help promote anti-ageing and younger looking skin.

Matcha is rich in chlorophyll which boosts the Immune System and also helps to removes heavy metals and harmful chemicals from our bodies therefore aiding in a natural and safe detox.

Matcha contains EGCg catechins (antioxidants) recognised for their cancer fighting properties and studies show matcha contains 100 x more EGCg than any other tea.

A spoon full of Matcha Tea will keep the doctor at bay by boosting the immune system.  It contains Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein and Calcium.

Studies have shown that matcha can lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and raise levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.

Matcha tea leaves contain a high level of dietary fibre which is absorbed straight into the body. This is particularly important for stabilising blood sugar levels and easing constipation.

In this hot weather I am drinking my matcha cool with 1 cup of filter water, 1/2 tsp of matcha, the juice of half a lemon and some ice.  It is refreshing and gently boosting while alkalising and energising.

For a matcha almond latte, gently heat one cup of almond milk and blend with 1/2 tsp of matcha tea and 1/2 tsp of vanilla powder or essence.

 

I am also looking forward to trying out the other flavours
from their wide selection they are offering:

Tropical Matcha Tea Powder:
Combines organic Matcha tea and mango for a full-on tropical experience.

Sunrise Matcha Tea Powder:
Highly refreshing, the Sunrise Tea Powder has been carefully crafted to boost energy levels for up to 6 hours. Full of grapefruit, it gives the traditional Matcha Tea a distinct zesty twist. Made with a busy lifestyle in mind, it’s perfect for amateur and newcomers alike.

Mindpower Matcha Tea Powder:
Combines green Matcha tea, ginger and ginseng in a luxurious drink that will pick you up whenever you feel down.

Supercharge Matcha Tea Powder:
Perfect for breakfast, it combines premium Matcha green tea, Maca root and Guarana in handy ready-to-mix powder.

This is one of my favourite Matcha recipes:

Green Tea & Coconut Bliss Balls

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1 cup sunflower seeds
  • 2 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • pinch of himalayan salt
  • 4 pitted medjool dates
  • ½ cup shredded coconut (plus 1/4 cup for coating)
  • ¼ cup maple syrup

Method:

  1. Add the almond meal, sunflower seeds, match, vanilla, salt to a high speed blender.
  2. Blend at a low speed to break down the sunflower seeds and until the matcha is completely combined with other ingredients. You will need to stop a few times and scrap down the blender – go easy as it can over heat!!
  3. Add shredded coconut and blend on low until roughly chopped and combined with matcha mixture.
  4. Add the dates and maple syrup and blend on low until a sticky dough forms, again you will need to scrap down he sides a few times and mix to ensure all the dates are broken down and completely combined
  5. Add the remaining coconut to a bowl ready for coating the balls
  6. With clean hands scoop out a small ball of the mixture, roll between your palms until a smooth ball forms then roll in the coconut, set aside in a tupper wear container. Continue until all the dough is finished.
  7. Store in the freezer to set quickly within 30 minutes or in the fridge for 2 hours.
  8. Enjoy cold from the fridge or defrost for 30 minutes from the freezer.

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Naomi’s TIP:  Store in the freezer for maximum freshness and to stop yourself eating them all in one go, add some sunwarrior protein powder to make high protein energy balls !!

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