As I told you last week, I was amazed by how strongly I was impacted by less sleep for a couple of weeks. This morning, I'm thinking about how grateful I am for the tools I have to keep my body balanced in stressful times (like sleep deprivation). I'd like to tell you about one of those tools today ... matcha.
Have you heard of matcha green tea? I'm willing to bet you have. This powdered green tea is showing up on more grocery store shelves and coffee shop menu's. With it's fad like following, you might be wondering if all the enthusiasm is warranted or not.
Matcha, which is green tea that has been stone ground into a powder, is special for a couple of reasons. It's shaded for a couple weeks before harvest which protects the leaves and increases chlorophyll (that's why it's such a spectacular green). In addition, matcha has consistently been shown to contain high levels (like 100 times higher than any other tea) of antioxidants which we all know help combat the free radical damage created by stress of any kind. Specifically, matcha contains a specific catechin called EGCG which is a potent antioxidant that has been studied for it's cancer fighting properties. To read more about the research, check out this article.
I buy this brand and keep it stored in my freezer (to prevent oxidation). My favorite way to consume it is as a tea. I also add it to smoothies and keep thinking about experimenting with green tea ice cream.
Simple Matcha Green Tea Recipe
- Add 1/2 -1 teaspoon matcha powder to 1 cup hot water
- Whisk (or blend) until frothy (I blend mine for about 5 seconds)
- If desired, add milk of choice (I prefer coconut milk although sometimes I'll blend in coconut oil instead)