It’s hot, it’s hip and it’s here: matcha is the Japanese powdered green tea that is ten times stronger than the standard green tea which the world has raved about for years. Matcha is chock full of detoxifying antioxidants and nutrients that boost the metabolism, energy and general well-being, plus vitamins and minerals help to prevent cancer, lower cholesterol and blood sugar and assist with weight loss. It really is a jolly green giant of a super food.
So: how did it suddenly come to our collective attention? Well, it was first discovered by Buddhist monks who were keen to stay more alert as they meditated. It was believed to increase the powers of concentration and modern-day fans feel that it does this without giving fans of matcha the jitters. Plus, it’s thought to be approximately ten times more potent than regular brewed green tea. Little wonder it is becoming as cool (or should that be hot) as coffee used to be on the achingly hip and health-conscious Californian scene. Moreover, the A list are becoming huge fans: Gwyneth Paltrow and Kylie Jenner are said to be enormous fans: in fact, check out
Paltrow’s lifestyle website Goop and you will find recommendations for matcha recipes and cool places to try it.
Tempted to try matcha for yourself? Here are 10 ways which you can enjoy this great, green superfood.
1. Drink as Matcha Tea
If you try a beverage such as EatClean Tea, which costs £18.85 for a 30-day supply, then you can benefit from a high quality, highly antioxidant, detoxifying drink which contains the nutritional equivalent ten cups of normal green tea. You can buy from the EatClean Tea website.
An equally good option is Steenbergs’ Matcha Tea, which costs £16.75 for a 30g tin. This organic drink is grown in the Nishio area of Japan, where much matcha has been drunk for eons. Buy your matcha in stay-fresh cans for a longer lasting deliciousness.
2. Try Matcha Hot Chocolate
Steenbergs also hand-blend an organic Matcha Hot Chocolate, to give a delectably different twist on a healthy hot drink. It costs £5.50 for 180g; you could serve it as a luxe indulgence that is sure to be a talking point at any tea table.
3. Tuck into Matcha Porridge
Love porridge? Want an even more health-conscious new option that is readily available on the high street? Popular chain Eat has introduced Matcha Porridge with blueberries and honey to its menu and at least some of the Qooton team have made it their new favourite breakfast!
4. Catcha Matcha Latte
Ever tried a matcha latte? If not, you’re in for a first-class antioxidant treat. Farm Girl in Portabello, London serve matcha lattes which cost £3.60 per serving. Also, independent Japanese café and deli called Tombo in Kensington serves green and matcha teas from the foothills of Mt. Fuji. They offer their own wonderful Matcha Latte Mix, which costs £3.60 per serving and it is a sweet, refreshing blend that many regulars love.
The Good Life Eatery in Chelsea also has a matcha latte on their menu and this superb outlet has got really ingenious with their offering, which can be enjoyed hot or over ice, not to mention with a choice of almond, or soy or regular milk.
5. Matcha Raspberry Smoothie
Take your antioxidant levels into overdrive, thanks to a super-healthy boost from this treat which features the bright sweetness of raspberries. So easy to make, try it at home – it’s especially good if you are trying to adjust to the unusual taste of matcha and want a little extra fruitiness.
1/4 cup raspberries. Frozen are just fine and will cool your smoothie right down too!
1/2 cup natural yoghurt
1/2 cup ice
1 tsp high quality matcha
Blend ingredients together in a blender until smooth and creamy. Pour your smoothie into a long tall glass and drink immediately.
6. Tropical Matcha Breakfast Bowl
½ cup reduced fat Greek yogurt
2 tsps high quality matcha
½ kiwi, sliced
½ juicy orange
¼ mango, in cubes
A good sprinkle of flax and chia seeds
A drizzle of premium honey
Sift the matcha powder over yoghurt and blend well. Then add berries and seeds and drizzle honey over the top. I always recommend organic berries when possible. This is a simple, nourishing breakfast which is rich in antioxidants and nutrients.
7. Simply Sprinkle
Of course, there are many other ways you can enjoy all the goodness of matcha if you give your favorite salads and dressings half a teaspoon or so of powder. Sprinkle and toss or blend and you’re good to go!
The Many Benefits of Matcha
So, there you have it: a large handful of ways in which you can enjoy the many benefits of matcha. In fact, here is a handy overview of the nutrients and superb health properties of this green wonder-powder:
Matcha has been discovered to be crammed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCg. EGCg appears to have powerful antioxidant effects against free radicals which can damage healthy cells and cause cancer as a result.
It can boost your metabolism and by doing so it helps to burn off calories
It provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
It’s rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
It can effectively detoxify the system, without the harsh effects of some cleansers… and it is 100% natural so it will have no negative effects on delicate constitutions. In other words, it will freshen and cleanse you without any side effects.
It has been shown to calm the mind and relax the body considerably
It reduces the presence of bad cholesterol and lowers the blood sugar to safer levels
Even moderate quantities can greatly enhance the mood, stimulate the mind and help with concentration
Research has shown that, if taken in sufficient quantities over a period of time, matcha may help to prevent serious, or even terminal diseases, such as cancer.
Dental trials have found instances where it has also strengthened tooth enamel…
…so, are you ready to give your taste buds and your health a treat? However you sample it, whichever recipes you try, matcha is sure to give you a tantalizing boost, morning or night. Bottoms up!