Why I drink Matcha
There has been a Matcha craze lately and maybe you are tired of hearing about it or maybe you still have no idea why everyone is crazy about it. Below I want to share with you my matcha journey and why I love it so much. Hopefully this will shed some light on the Matcha bandwagon or introduce you to a new drink that can energize your day.
Green Tea Background: I have been drinking green tea since I can remember. The best conversations I had were with my abuelita and mom over a cup of tea. So naturally I have always felt a connection with green tea but I also felt good after drinking it because of all its benefits. Green tea is full of antioxidants and helps reduce the risk of cancer such as: breast, bladder and colon (Read Harvard article here). Green tea also helps reduce the incidence of heart disease. Because green tea is full of antioxidants, specifically an anti aging antioxidant, it can help with signs of aging (Read Huffpost article here). To reap the most benefits experts say to drink at least 3 cups a day and freshly brewed is best. Warning: bottled green tea contains extra calories and sugar that will probably outweigh the benefits. I also recommend drinking green tea with lemon, I used to add it only for the flavor but now I know that it actually helps with iron absorption (green tea has the opposite effect). So now that you know why I love green tea so much now you can see why it's only natural that I would give the famed Matcha drink a try.
Matcha: Matcha is formulated from baby tea leaves that are grown in the shade. Growing the tea plant in the shade makes the plant go into shock and boost its production of Chlorophyll (detoxifies) and L-theanine (helps with concentration and alertness). After my mom (who has all the best self help and wellness tips) insisted on me trying Matcha for months, yes months! I finally decided to give matcha a try after reading article after article of the benefits of drinking matcha. I was also endlessly drinking Red Bulls and coffee for energy to no avail, and decided that I needed to kick my bad habits once and for all. I needed, however, an alternative to coffee (for the taste) and Red Bull (for the energy) and Matcha seemed like the perfect fit. Matcha can be made with just water (much like green tea) or with almond milk/coconut milk, etc. as a latte, as well as many other ways to consume it: have you heard of matcha pancakes? yes! I instantly fell in love, not only is drinking my Matcha latte feel therapeutic but it gives me the sustained energy that I needed to get through the day (I stand all day at work, except for 30 minutes of lunch!). So if you are like me, and are ready to switch out unhealthy habits for more beneficial ones, I highly recommend Matcha or green tea if you are not ready to take the plunge or believe the hype.
Bonus: I have a step by step video on how I make my matcha latte up on Instagram Highlights! You can find the whisk I use to make my matcha here and some matcha I love here and here. I use unsweetened almond milk to make my matcha lattes but you can also use coconut milk. I also use locally grown honey to add sweetness to my latte.
Have you tried matcha? Do you swear by green tea? Or are you an avid coffee drinker? Let me know!