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I shared this matcha green tea smoothie on instagram a few months ago and some readers had questions about it, so I thought I would do a post for you today!
Matcha is an interesting option for tea. It has dozens of health benefits making it more potent than just regular green tea.
Stay tuned after the recipe for the benefits and chemistry of match plus why you should add it to your diet!
1.5 tsp matcha powder (this is my favorite one)
2 tsp raw honey (read important post on honey here)
12 oz unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tbsp dairy-free vegan hazelnut creamer
1 tsp cinnamon (read important post on cinnamon)
1 cup of ice
Optional: a tsp of lemon powder
Add all the ingredients except for ice to a blender, blend until combined. Add ice to a cup and pour over matcha mixture!
Matcha is unique because the tea leaves are shaded from the sun the last few weeks before they are picked. This increases the chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll is the chemical in plants that gives them a dark green color.
These tea leaves are ground up into a fine powder known as Matcha.
Due to the way Matcha is processed and grown, it has more potent benefits than regular green tea.
Benefits of Matcha
According to this research from the National Library of Medicine, matcha contains 137 times more catechin than regular green tea. The one they studied was EGCG or epigallocatechin gallate. You might remember this article from a few months ago about all the chemistry behind tea. I mentioned the word catechin in there because it is a large reason why tea is good for you. Matcha has even more!
With high levels of EGCG comes more health benefits including metabolism support, weight loss, and reduction in inflammation throughout the body.
Foods with high levels of catechins are also linked to cancer fighting, specifically their effects on fighting free radicals!
L-theanine is an amino acid found in teas, especially green tea.
This amino acid has numerous health benefits including:
- Stress relief
- Healthy blood pressure management
- Mood booster
- Energy booster
- Memory improvement
While green tea has high levels of L-theanine, Matcha has an even more concentrated amounts.
Since Matcha has a large amount of chlorophyll, it is a great way to detox. Chlorophyll is a powerful detox substance responsible for ridding the body of chemicals and heavy metals.
These are the top health benefits of drinking matcha, but there are even more when you take a look into the chemical composition of this powder.
If you haven’t tried matcha, I recommend it! Especially for fighting inflammation 🙂