Matcha green tea Matcha literally means "powdered tea". When you drink traditional green tea, the components of the leaves are infused in hot water and then the leaves are discarded. With matcha, you drink the leaves whole.
L-theanine is an amino acid found in tea. Consuming foods and drinks rich in L-theanine can promote relaxation and well-being. If a person combines this with caffeine, another chemical in matcha tea, L-theanine can induce a relaxed state of alertness.
Green tea contains a class of antioxidants called catechins, specifically epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg), which may have anti-tumor properties.
A randomized clinical trial found that drinking four cups of green tea per day significantly reduced several risk factors for diabetes. These factors included body weight, body mass index (BMI), and systolic blood pressure.
How used it:
Traditionally, people mix a teaspoon of matcha powder with a third of a cup of hot but not quite boiling water.
Add frothed milk to make a matcha latte.
Add matcha powder to a smoothie.
Mix the matcha powder into the oatmeal.
Make homemade granola bars with matcha.
Add matcha to simple dressings, with a little oil, vinegar and sweetener.
Registered Dietitians have developed the following healthy and delicious matcha recipes: