What is Matcha?
I'm sure you've all seen it at a Japanese restaurant - most probably as a mochi (japanese dessert) and simply described as a "green tea ice cream".
I love to break it to you - matcha isn't just a green tea; it is the green tea.
Matcha is a green powder that originates from the green tea leaf (mainly in far East Asia, Japan) - it is basically the root of the green tea. Matcha has been the go-to way of drinking tea for the Japanese for centuries, and I'm really glad that its existence is becoming more and more present in our region and the west.
How do you drink Matcha?
Matcha is usually mixed in hot water, and whisked until the powder and the water become one. Personally, I like to make myself a latte and mix it with any type of alternative mylk (almond, coconut, or oat, or any vegan milk of choice).
Unlike green tea, it has a much stronger taste. But, with stronger taste comes in stronger health benefits.
What are the benefits of Matcha?
It's already worldwide knowledge that green tea is filled with antioxidants, and anti-cancerous properties. But, by drinking Matcha, you'd be drinking the equivalent of a magic potion.
The benefits are:
- Boosts brain function
- Weight loss (if that's your goal)
- Great for the skin
Matcha vs Coffee
I've always been coffee obsessed, but the last few years forced me to switch up my lifestyle and make healthier choices (thank you high acidity!). As much as coffee gives you this magical push throughout the day, it also follows with the magical crash later in the day.
On the other hand, although Matcha does give you energy, it never comes on and comes off as strong and as sudden as coffee - on the contrary, its effect in your body is so slow and smooth that you find yourself with a boost of energy without the crash.
Also, if you're someone like me who suffers from acidity issues, believe it or not, it actually helps with the heartburns as opposed to coffee that arrives super aggressively in your system.
Another one of the perks of drinking Matcha is that, unlike coffee, it won't keep you up at night. You cannot imagine the amount of times I've decided to grab a late afternoon Matcha and I still found myself sleeping like a baby.
Finally, there is something about drinking green tea/Matcha that coffee doesn't have - no withdrawals. In total, I have tried to cut down on coffee twice and the two withdrawal period that I've gone through made it impossible to function or even think, and that has made it extremely frustrating and hard to focus at work or even at the gym - the headaches were more than obnoxious, and the constant need for sleep made it impossible for me to get anything done; and that was even if I missed only 1 day of drinking my daily coffee. Until finally, the third time was a charm and it finally worked.
Now, if I miss 1 day of my daily Matcha, it is safe to say that although I can still go on, I'll miss my daily dose of matcha taste.
The only downside about Matcha is that in our culture, it is so easily labeled as the "basic white girl drink", which makes it not as popular as coffee is. But, I'm truly hopeful that we'll reach a point where Matcha will be as popular as coffee is, if not even more!
In the last few years, its health benefits have been buzzing everywhere, and seeing how being "healthy" has become a trend, it's just a matter of time until Matcha becomes the healthier, better choice for your lifestyle.