*Thank you Midori Spring for sponsoring this recipe!
Matcha is getting tons of buzz these days due to its potent antioxidant properties. And its brilliant, nearly neon green color makes it a great ingredient for so much more than your morning cup of tea! From smoothies to pancakes, Matcha can add color, nutrition and a little creative flair to many of your familiar favorites. But before we move into some pretty creative Matcha Green tea recipes, let’s start with a little Matcha 101.
What it Matcha Green Tea?
Matcha is a fine green tea powder used to brew traditional hot tea or used quite frequently in cooking. What makes it different from traditional loose leaf green tea is that the whole tea leaf is consumed instead of just the infusion. Matcha comes from the plant Camellia Sinensis. To learn more about the production process please click here. One cup of Matcha tea has about 35mg caffeine (compared to about 100 from coffee) and it also contains L-Theanine meaning it can have a calming and relaxing effect.
What are the benefits of Matcha Green Tea?
- Increase in energy: Matcha is an energy booster due to the combination of caffeine content and other natural properties.
- Reduce stress and improve mental alertness: Matcha has an abundance of the unique Amino Acid L-Theanine. L-Theanine creates alpha waves in the brain to promote relaxation and alertness and Matcha may contain up to five times more than the common green teas.
- Improve metabolism and help with weight loss: Matcha has close to zero calories and can boost your metabolism to help you burn more calories throughout the day. It may also lower cholesterol.
- Boost immune system and reduce inflammation: Matcha has the highest rated ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) compared to many fruits and vegetables. It also contains a specific Catechin called Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCg), which is most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties. Research has found that Matcha contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market.
- Help the body cleanse of harmful elements: When the tea leaves have shaded sunlight, this causes a tremendous increase in chlorophyll production. The resulting high levels of chlorophyll in Matcha acts as a powerful detox machine capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
Super:Uber Green Matcha Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup Raw Kale
- 1 cup Raw Spinach
- 1/2 frozen Banana
- 1 tsp Midori Spring Matcha Green Tea Powder
- 1 cup Ice
- 1 cup Light Vanilla Almond Milk
Directions: Add all the ingredients to your blender in the order listed and blend on low speed for 10-15 seconds and then increase to high speed for an additional 30. It takes a while to grind up all the leaves, but it’s worth it!
Nutrition: This makes a solid 16 oz smoothie, and depending on your protein powder should have about 250 calories, 4g fiber, 3g fat and 26g of protein. But the best part is the micronutrient panel, we’re looking at 270% vitamin A, 52% calcium, 157% vitamin C and 17% of your iron. It’s also low in saturated fat, hight in manganese, riboflavin, vitamin B12 and E.
More Matcha Green Tea Recipes:
- If you’re looking for a creative baked good, these cupcakes from Midori Spring look awesome!
- Like Tiramisu? Try Matchamisu from Oh How Civilized, this looks amazing!
- Try adding a little super-power-punch to your morning pancakes with this recipe from Diane Abroad.
- This smoothie recipe has more fat, protein and calories, making it a better meal replacement option if you’re on the go.
Where to buy Matcha Green Tea
I’m an Amazon.com junkie, so I suggest you get it there. Because there are so many variations of Matcha, and in this case, quality really does matter, it’s best to have a larger selection to choose from. Plus, it comes straight to your door and you can ensure you get the exact product you’re looking for versus what your brick and mortar retailer chose to stock. Check out Midori Spring’s Amazon store and use discount code “20SKINNY” to save 20% off your purchase!
Worried about Radiation?
There is some concern about the production process of the tea that there could be harmful affects from radiation. And this is where the quality of the product you are consuming comes into play. Midori Spring Matcha has been found to be safe to consume. Tests for radiation are performed regularly and there hasn’t been any detectable radiation. Along with radiation testing, Midori Spring adheres to very strict Organic and Kosher regulations and several tests are performed to ensure product safety. You can view their Organic and Kosher certifications here and if you have any additional questions or concerns, I say reach out to these folks here.
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