I’ve been struggling with caffeine addiction for years. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying a coffee once in a while – but I reached a state where I wasn’t even operational without several coffees a day. Honestly, without my 3pm coffee I’d have to go to sleep before our toddler.
Yes, I’ve tried chai tea. It does work, but requires preparation and takes 15min cooking time. I’ve also tried chai tea bags but they tend to be a let-down.
But… (drum roll!!)…
Now I finally found the perfect solution (it’s so good, it’s almost ridiculous!):
Ever wondered about all these people sipping green lattes?
Yes, that’s just that: Matcha tea and milk.
Does it work? Hell, it does! This tea makes me feel super energetic, excited, ready to tackle any project that I’ve ever shelved. And the – gentle – matcha rush lasts. For hours. And hours. No nasty coffee crash. I also love its sweetness and creamy texture.
Is it healthy? Oh gosh, YES. That too. It’s not just healthier than coffee, it’s also healthier than green tea! I know, this is too good to be true.
Here are some facts:
- Increases focus and alertness (without the caffeine jitters you get from coffee)
- Boosts metabolism (which can aid in increased fat burning)
- Enhances energy levels naturally (with no ‘crash’ like other stimulants)
- Off the charts antioxidant levels (more than any other ‘superfood’)
- Calming yet energising properties (due to the L-Theanine / caffeine combination)
- Supports your immune function (from all those antioxidants)
- Aids meditation practice (matcha has been used by zen monks for centuries)
- Super high levels of HGCgs (antioxidants known for their cancer fighting properties)
- 137x antioxidants of green tea (and just forget about spinach, walnuts and açaí or goji berries….)
The thing is: When you use matcha powder, you’re ingesting the entire tea leaf (unlike with other brews where the leaves are discarded).
The nutritional value of 1 cup of matcha = 10 cups of regular brewed green tea.
But wait, there’s more! Just look at this Instagram feed of Kenko Matcha (I actually found Kenko via Instagram – they’re an awesome local company that works with matcha producers in Japan and imports matcha green tea powder into Australia):
Yes, you can cook, bake and use this tea in smoothies, breakfast bowls and facial masks 🙂
Making a matcha latte takes no longer than making a “normal” latte. The Kenko tea guys also made a how-to video:
Honestly, I am so obsessed with matcha latte, I have the feeling I’m just replacing my coffee addiction with another one – but much healthier!
Find out more about Kenko Tea here. They also sell certified organic matcha tea. 🙂
Have you tried matcha? Did you like it?