Simple Pleasure #3: Matcha Green Tea
I love this stuff!!! It has all the benefits of regular green tea but because it’s a powder it is used in all sorts of food and beverage products… I think the most famous is green tea ice cream (also a favorite of mine). It also makes delicious green tea lattes. At home I make my own by mixing matcha green tea powder (I buy mine in bulk from a local Co-Op), vanilla hemp milk (tempt brand is my favorite), and a small spoonful of raw honey. If you are one of the lucky people that have a milk steamer as part of your kitchen utensils collection – use that! The frothiness makes it sooooo good!
Why is matcha green tea so good for you??? Well one thing is that it is rich in Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is the pigment which gives leaves their lush green color. Chlorophyll helps remove heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body (which we are exposed to everyday). The great thing about matcha powdered tea is that it is fully ingested when consumed, unlike tea leaves which are infused then thrown out, and because matcha is shade grown, a process which increases the chlorophyll content in the leaves, matcha tea is a chlorophyll rich food!!!
Just like other green teas it’s rich in Antioxidants. And just to remind you what antioxidants are again, they are chemical compounds known to slow the process of aging and contribute to the fight against chronic diseases. Good stuff right? Antioxidants are found in many foods. The class of antioxidants known as catechins are only found in green tea. Catechins seem to be as valuable as vitamin C and E in the fight against health threatening, free radical damage. Free radicals naturally occur in the body, but exposure to external toxins such as air pollution, cigarette smoke, ultraviolet rays (which we get a lot of here in San Diego) and radiation can cause an overabundance of these particles which can damage cells and DNA. By drinking your daily dose of green tea you are contributing to the fight against those free radicals in your body. So drink up!!!
There are many other benefits to drinking matcha green tea. You can Google it and find way more information than I could probably write in a day. Try making a matcha latte at home… it’s a fantastic way to start a day! xo
DISCLAIMER. Green tea, famous for its health benefits, is the frequent subject of many articles in the press and media. We are not recommending green tea as a cure or remedy for any health ailments. Please consult your physician for any medical problems you may be experiencing. We seek to source current and accurate information for your general knowledge.