Throughout history monks, samurai warriors, and Japanese royalty have enjoyed matcha green tea as part of their daily routines. Buddhist monks, for example, have used matcha for centuries to help keep them mentally focused, and to give them a mild, long-lasting energy boost during long periods of meditation.
This revitalising drink has also been used in Southeast Asia and Korea for centuries because it was believed to be a precious medicine and provided long life.
I love matcha because of it’s incredible health benefits. I drink this restorative tea most mornings and it helps to kickstart my day. Matcha is delicious hot or cold and I love adding it to dairy free milks, power smoothies or a creamy chia pudding for breakfast.
Healthy Chef Ceremonial Grade Organic Matcha is high in antioxidants and recognised as the highest quality matcha tea in the world as it uses the young leaves of the green tea plant.
WHY EVERYONE IS IN LOVE WITH MATCHA TEA
Unlike regular green tea, matcha is the young leaves of the green tea plant ground into a fine powder. This means you are essentially drinking the entire leaf, giving it a smoother and richer tasting green tea.
In fact, matcha green tea is brimming with powerful antioxidants and anti-ageing properties – even more than pomegranates and blueberries – the Chinese have coined it “the elixir of immortality”.
ARE YOU DRINKING THE RIGHT MATCHA?
Not all matcha is created equal…..Cooking-grade matcha is significantly lower in antioxidants than ceremonial-grade versions. Green tea purists often struggle to find the good stuff.
Good quality matcha is a magnificent vibrant green colour. The greener it is, the higher the nutritional value. Thanks to the abundance of chlorophyll.
We use the finest ceremonial grade organic matcha that is pure and rich in antioxidants. The difference between ceremonial grade and food grade matcha green tea lies in how they’ve been processed and sourced. Food grade matcha tea is made from more mature green tea leaves and is often combined with other ingredients to make matcha-flavoured foods and drinks you see in cafes or stores.
Ceremonial Grade Matcha Tea is the champion of green tea. One bowl of Matcha tea is equivalent to 10 cups of green tea – it’s a powerful, green tonic to revitalise the body and mind.
WHAT’S GREAT ABOUT IT?
Matcha green tea is your miracle fuel to keep you more youthful and vibrant.
Matcha alkalises the body
Chlorophyll, the element that gives green tea and other plants their signature vibrant colour, is a powerful detoxifier, helping to eliminate both chemicals and heavy metals from the body. The rich concentrations of chlorophyll found in Matcha green tea work to alkalise and detoxify the body – it works wonders for my digestive system.
Matcha burns fat
Matcha is an excellent source of EGCG (Epigallocatechin Gallate), with levels significantly higher than regular green tea. EGCG is a molecule that has metabolism boosting and thermogenic effects in the body, meaning it gently supports weight loss.
Matcha provides a delicious nutrient-rich energy boost before and after a workout. Matcha has been shown to increase mental alertness, as well as your ability to concentrate.
Matcha Reduces Stress
Matcha helps to stabilise 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.
Matcha slows down the ageing process
High antioxidant rich foods such as Matcha green tea are believed to slow down the ageing process by preventing oxidation, inhibiting mutation of DNA and helping to restore damaged DNA.
How to make matcha?
To make it the traditional way, I like to heat filtered water to about 80 degrees C – not quite boiling. Combine 1 cup with a small scoop of of matcha (about 1/4 – 1/2 cup). Whisk the powder in a W shape until you have a bit of foam then sip slowly and enjoy.
Matcha is extremely versatile in so many recipes – I make matcha latte, I add a spoonful into my smoothie or stir through a chia seed pudding with smashed banana and a drizzle of coconut.
HOW TO MAKE THE PERFECT MATCHA LATTE
Combine matcha with a small amount of hot water in your favourite mug or bowl.
Whisk Matcha using your bamboo whisk, until it combines into a vibrant green emulsion.
Pour over remaining hot water and your choice of milk and whisk again until combined.
Sweeten to taste if desired and enjoy.
THE HEALTHY CHEF ORGANIC MATCHA GREEN TEA SET
This glorious Tea Set includes our premium Organic Matcha along with a bamboo tea scoop & whisk (chasen) that will help measure and blend your delicate leaves of organic green tea into the perfect bowl of goodness! Our 120 strand hand-made bamboo whisk (chasen), is uniquely suited for creating the perfect matcha tea beverage. The bamboo tea scoop (chashaku) is perfect for measuring out our organic matcha powder and scooping tea out of the packet.
I’m in love with Healthy Chef Matcha Green Tea… I love it on its own for an energising drink in the morning, or in my smoothies blended with Healthy Chef vanilla protein, a frozen banana, almond milk, vanilla and maple syrup! It’s just like a matcha milkshake!