You’ve probably been hearing or seeing a lot of hype lately over Matcha Green Tea; I know I have! I try not to jump on the new trend bandwagon too quickly because it can be overwhelming and expensive to try so many new products. However, I decided to give it a try recently after reading about its naturally occurring anti-cancer benefits that inhibit cancer cell growth. Needless to say, I was very intrigued.
I’m a caffeine addict. I’ve been drinking it since I was sixteen years young and as of late, I’ve noticed the need to cut back on my caffeine intake. My five month old daughter has been waking up all throughout the night leaving me dead tired in the morning. I’m curious if my caffeine intake is affecting her lack of sleep so I’m going to experiment. Anyone else going through this?
Matcha Green Tea has 34mg of caffeine per serving, which is one third of the amount of caffeine in a cup of joe. Perfect. According to the National Cancer Institute, Matcha may reduce the risk of cancer due to its powerful catechins and antioxidants. These babies help protect cells from DNA damage, which is what causes cancer. Matcha also naturally boosts energy (yes, please!) and fights belly fat.
And that pretty green color? That is the result of high chlorophyll levels. Chlorophyll is a very effective detoxifier for eliminating toxins, chemicals and heavy metals from the body. Essentially, the body is repairing and cleansing on a cellular level, which is very important for optimal health.
Once I learned these amazing health benefits, all that was left was to try it at home. My husband and I spent our Saturday strolling around the adorable shops on Main Street, Brunswick and found ourselves at a mom and pop natural foods store. I wanted to buy everything! I felt like a kid in a candy shop only my candy ended up being organic maple, pecan vegan ice cream!
We found some Matcha powder to try at home and it did not disappoint! It’s so flavorful. You can find it at most health food stores and some coffee shops, but make sure the only ingredient is Matcha and that it’s ceremonial-grade. Some Matcha powders on the market are made with sugar or powdered milk, so definitely read the labels. We ended up buying Jade Leaf Organic Japanese Matcha powder.
- 1 1/4 tsp matcha powder (I used Jade Leaf Matcha Green Tea Powder)
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp hot water
- 1 1/2 cups light coconut milk
- Add matcha powder to your serving mug along with maple syrup and hot water.
- Whisk until completely dissolved.
- Once the matcha is completely dissolved, heat your coconut milk (or other dairy-free milk) on the stovetop until hot and steamy.
- Pour dairy-free milk into your mug. Taste and add more sweetener if needed.