I have shared in the past that I in spite of loving coffee (I even did a barrister course while living in Seattle), my body does not metabolize it very well. I get moody, angry and my relationships suffer. I wrote about the 11 ways coffee impacts your hormones right here. I’m not demonizing coffee. I’m just saying: if your adrenals are pooped, you are always tired, don’t sleep well and suffer from hot flashes, there is something to look into. And reducing or eliminating coffee could be it.
As always, I don’t want to leave you with a list of DO-NOTs. That’s not empowering. I believe that when one door closes (like kissing coffee goodbye), another opens. In fact, I find that it’s often two or three doors that open. Matcha could be that new opening door for you.
Now, in spite of what you will read below about the healing properties of matcha, it still contains caffeine. In fact, quite a bit of it. If you react to caffeine or suffer from stage 3 adrenal fatigue, matcha is not the best option. As always, I’ve got another beverage suggestion for you right here: Almost Coffee Latte.
This is a guest article by my friend Dr. Mariza Snyder who is also the author of “The Matcha Miracle” (more on that below).
Let me tell you more about matcha. I was introduced to matcha green tea by my co-author and incredible health food junkie, Anna Zulaica. Being an amazing chef, she discovers new, healthy ingredients every day. When she began adding it to her daily regimen I knew that I needed to learn more about this highly potent, unique green tea from Japan.
In my research, as you will learn in my new book, I discovered that matcha is one of the most powerful and beneficial antioxidants in the world. No wonder people have been drinking it for a thousand years.
The health benefits of matcha tea
Amongst its many health benefits, matcha…
- Is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Detoxifies effectively and naturally
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
- Enhances mood and aids in concentration
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
An antioxidant powerhouse
One of the major health benefits of matcha tea is that it delivers a mega dose of antioxidants in every sip. According to the latest innovation in antioxidant research, matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants than any other ‘superfood’.
Why is matcha better than loose leaf tea?
Every day, countless people throw away valuable antioxidants and minerals. While seemingly unimaginable, that’s exactly what happens when you brew a cup of green tea because water can only extract a fraction of green teas benefits. The majority actually remains unused, trapped in the tea leaves. In reality, the only way to truly take advantage of green teas full potential is to consume the entire leaf.
But that doesn’t mean you need to start eating tea leaves. The simplest solution is to just enjoy a bowl of matcha. Because matcha is straight, stone ground tea leaves, matcha provides you with green tea’s powerful arsenal of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids in a way no other green tea can.
In fact, to even begin to match the potency found in a single serving of matcha, you would need to drink at least ten cups of brewed green tea. When it comes to helping you achieve and maintain optimum health, matcha is without equal.
Adding matcha tea into smoothies
Matcha has incredible health benefits in just 1-2 teaspoons and is extremely easy to add to green smoothies every day. Get ready to boost energy, focus, and immunity with matcha.
You are going to love drinking matcha green smoothies, along with the recipes in our new book, The Matcha Miracle! Matcha is going to kick your nutrition into HIGH gear.
When shopping for matcha, make sure that it’s organic and high quality (at least kitchen grade or café grade). I personally purchase my matcha tea on Amazon for a great price.
The next step to this habit is getting started. Luckily, this habit will be one of the easiest habits you ever do for yourself and your health. When making your daily matcha green smoothie, you can store it for up to 24 hours in the fridge. All you need is a blender and good ingredients that are available at any grocery store.
It’s never been easier to find organic greens, frozen fruit and matcha green tea. Lastly, you need some delicious recipes. Below is my personal favorite matcha green smoothie recipe that I can’t wait for you to ENJOY.
Get more delicious healing recipes and learn how to rebalance your hormones with food in my book, Cooking for Hormone Balance.
- 3 big handfuls of spinach
- 1 cup frozen/fresh mango
- 15 mint leaves
- 1.5 tsp organic matcha green tea powder
- ½ cup frozen/fresh strawberries
- ½ banana
- 1 cup coconut water
- 1 cup of water
- Throw in a blender and blend to desired consistency.
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