Coffee, you beautiful devil, you! You pick me up when I'm dragging, you're warm in my hands when I'm cold, and you're pretty darn delicious. You also dehydrate me, stain my teeth, make my breath smell, create an acidic environment in my body, and give me the serious jitters when I've had too much of you! Your wonderfulness got me to the point where I was up to double espresso lattes morning and afternoon. When I was starting to question whether I was having heart palpitations or not, I knew it was time to kick the habit!
Enter Matcha! Matcha is a special type of green tea that is grown and produced in Japan. The leaves are shaded from the sun for the last few weeks of their growth, which increases their chlorophyll content and creates a gorgeous green color. The leaves are then ground into a fine powder. The result is a super yummy, antioxidant rich frothy green tea!
Here are some of the amazing benefits of Matcha:
- Because of the way it is grown and harvested, the amino acids in the Matcha balance out its caffeine levels. While the actual caffeine levels may be the same as other teas, the caffeine in Matcha creates an calm energy, without the jitters and crash!
- Matcha is loaded with antioxidants! We all know that antioxidants fight free radicals, which can protect against some types of cancer, infections, and disease. Matcha contains over 60x the antioxidants of spinach and 7x the antioxidants of high-quality dark chocolate. You would have to drink at least 10 cups of brewed green tea to get the same antioxidants!
- Matcha can help burn stored energy as fat as well as decrease the formation of new fat cells by increasing the body's thermogenesis (the body's own rate of burning calories)!
What kind of Matcha? The qualities range from kitchen grade (good for blending or baking) to ceremonial grade (best for a latte type drink). It is also advisable to use a Matcha that is grown in Japan as the Chinese grown Matcha can contain trace amounts of lead.
To prepare, all you need is whatever milk you'd like to use (I use the Whole Foods brand 365 plain sweetened almond milk) or water and a wisk or frother!
Here are the ones I've tried:
Of the three, so far my favorite is the Domatcha; the flavor and consistency is divine! All of these can be purchased on Amazon, and the first two are also available at Whole foods!
I've been coffee free now for almost a month and, just as the labels promote, It really does create a smooth, non-jittery energy boost!
I hope you try it and, if you do, let me know how your experience!