February 26, 2014
I have long known that green tea has health benefits but I wasn’t that familiar with “Matcha Green Tea.” Matcha, also spelled maccha, refers to finely milled or fine powder green tea. There are claims that one cup of matcha is equivalent to ten cups of brewed green tea in terms of nutritional value.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is a premium green tea ground into a powder. It is unique to Japan and it has been celebrated in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony for hundreds of years. Matcha contains the amino acid L-theanine which is known to relax the mind. Some consider it a mood enhancer and believe it helps you create a sustained calm alertness over time. Buddhist monks drank matcha to assist in meditation.
Matcha can now be found in numerous health food products ranging from cereal to energy bars. In 2003, researchers from the University of Colorado found that the concentration of the antioxidant EGCG available from drinking matcha is at least three times greater than the amount of EGCG available from other commercially available green teas.
I found a recipe on Pinterest for a Power smoothie with avacodo and matcha green tea, which you’ll find on, All Day I Dream About Food. We tried the recipe this morning and it is really good. Give it a shot.