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Why Matcha Is The New Coffee

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  • Teresa Cutter

Are you’re looking for a morning pick me up that’s similar to coffee but amazing for your health? Why not check out Matcha… the anti-ageing – antioxidant rich highly concentrated green tea that’s loaded with health benefits to keep you youthful and energized. Matcha has the ability to boost your immunity, control your stress and even assist in weight loss. One serve of matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of steeped green tea.

Whilst a cup of espresso in the morning will definitely wake you up, it also elevates cortisol – your stress hormone. The caffeine from coffee is absorbed rapidly into the blood stream and effects last for around 1 hour, but you may notice you start crash as the caffeine starts to leave your system, leaving you with less energy and a drop in mood.

Matcha also contains caffeine, however it’s around half that of a regular cup of black coffee. The caffeine in matcha is also assimilated and absorbed very slowly (over 6 hours) giving you a long and sustained energy boost rather than a 60 minute spike. Unlike coffee,there is also no blood sugar spike, insulin increase, or release of the stress hormone Cortisol. Matcha helps to stabilize blood sugar and contains l-theanine, which is a rare amino acid that promotes a state of relaxation, supports the adrenal system and the way your body reacts to stress. This is a beautiful energising drink.

CHOOSE YOUR MATCHA
There are two main classifications of matcha: ceremonial grade and food grade. Food grade matcha is normally used in matcha-flavored foods and food service such as café’s. It is usually made from full-grown leaves and contains less antioxidants.

Ceremonial-grade matcha is the champion of green tea and uses young leaves of green tea that have a higher concentration of antioxidants. This means that drinking it is better for your health. Higher quality grades of matcha also have a smoother taste and deliver a more delicious flavour experience. When buying matcha you get what you pay for, so look for organic and the best quality you can find.

BUY YOUR ORGANIC MATCHA POWDER HERE 

WHAT’S IT’S GOOD FOR:

STRESS SUPPORT
A cup of matcha can help to make you feel relaxed, calm and happy due to the high levels of L-theanine. It also energizes your body as it relaxes your mind.

FITNESS
Matcha has been shown to increase mental alertness, and the ability to concentrate both during and after your workout. I love to kickstart my workout with a cup of matcha most mornings, and it’s delicious when you shake it with coconut water as a pre workout kick-start to the day.

WEIGHT LOSS
Matcha naturally has metabolism boosting thermogenic affects in the body, meaning that it gently supports weight loss. Matcha also works as a fat blocker, so instead of absorbing and storing the fat, it gets passed through the body.

BEAUTY
The rich concentrations of chlorophyll found in a Healthy Chef Matcha work to alkalize and detoxify the blood. By cleansing the blood and increasing its pH the body has a better chance to get more oxygen and nutrients to cells for healing. Helping your skin look clearer more radiant and you’ll feel revitalized.

DETOX
Matcha is a good way to safely cleanse the body. Chlorophyll the element that gives green tea and other plants their signature vibrant color is a powerful detoxifier, helping to eliminate both chemicals and heavy metals from the body.

IMMUNE
The antioxidants in Healthy Chef Organic Matcha are beneficial in strengthening the immune system; green tea keeps the immune system running normally. Healthy immune systems are better at handling infections from bacteria and viruses.

DIGESTION
Matcha combined with wheatgrass will help alkalize and cleanse your digestive system.

HOW TO DRINK IT
Drink a cup every morning to replace your regular tea and coffee.

HOT:

Measure out 1/2 tsp of Matcha into a drinking cup or bowl.
Pour over 1 cup of hot water.
Whisk in a zig zag motion with a bamboo whisk (chasen) until you start to see froth.
Drink slowly and enjoy.

COLD:

Add matcha to smoothies + juices for antioxidant rich energy boost.
Blend with frozen banana, avocado, almond milk, spinach and protein for an awesome power packed breakfast smoothie.
Shake with coconut water for an awesome pre-workout drink.

 

BUY YOUR ORGANIC MATCHA POWDER HERE 

 

MORE MATCHA RECIPES
Cold Pressed Matcha Almond Milk
Matcha Chocolate Latte

Matcha Tea dark-2458


16 Comments

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16 Responses to “Why Matcha Is The New Coffee”
  1. Meryn says:

    Teresa, your Matcha green tea is simply the best!! :)) Thankyou! :)

  2. Suzannah says:

    Does Matcha have caffeine in it?

    • Hi Suzannah, yes is does but it is very different to the caffein found in coffee. a cup of coffee has aprox 70mg – 125mg of caffein where as Matcha has around 34mg in 1/2 a teaspoon. it also is absorbed differently in the body so that you do not get that caffein spike :) Enjoy!

  3. Julie says:

    Hi Teresa what is that Gorgeous little whisky thing in the picture….I have seen it before in your pic’s, what do you use it for and can I buy one ? Where do you get them & what is it called…..Xx

  4. Taryn says:

    I’ve been using 1tsp of your matcha with 1heaped tsp of your wheatgrass in my morning banana/blueberry smoothie (as well as your vanilla wpi and antioxidant powder!) for about 6 weeks, about 5 mornings a week. I can truly say that I can see the difference in my skin (glowing!!), hair (super shiny and strong) and I feel healthier and more energised than ever. Love your products, Teresa. Thanks for the education you provide with them X

  5. HI Cat, I’ve sourced the highest grade matcha tea in the world..it’s organic and ceremonial grade.
    There are non organic – food grade – less quality ones out there that are less effective. At the end of the day, you get what you pay for…..your call.

    Kind Regards
    Teresa Cutter

  6. Susan says:

    Hi Teresa
    How many cups of matcha green tea is safe to drink to get all the benefits? And can you drink too many cups per day?

    • Hi Susan, to much of one thing is not ideal – while Matcha does have less caffein than coffee it does still contain caffein. I would say between 1 – 2 cups but that all depends on how much Matcha you put in your cup :)

  7. Rineke says:

    What does the Matcha taste like? I don’t like the taste of green tea at all.
    Does it have a coffee taste at all?

    • Hi Rineke,
      Matcha has a similar taste to green tea, however we find it to be less bitter than steeped green tea. No, it does not taste like coffee. If you are trying it for the first time, try it warm with a little bit of organic honey and a splash of homemade almond mylk

  8. Mary says:

    Sounds great Teresa. I’m breastfeeding and sleep deprived, currently using coffee as a coping mechanism (!!) but trying to adopt healthier habits. Do you see any reason why matcha would be unsafe for lactation?

    • Hi Mary,

      We dont recommend Matcha for pregnancy and breastfeeding due to its caffein content, saying that it is up to the individual :) There is less caffein in a cup of Matcha than in cup of Coffee and it also supports adrenal health which is nice for stressful periods

  9. Anna says:

    Hi Teresa, how many times a day can
    You have the Matcha tea?

  10. Sascha says:

    Hi Teresa,

    Where can you buy matcha – particularly the better quality versions?

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