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Matcha Magic

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By: Brooke R. and Olga G. July 21, 2017

These days, finding matcha infused options in many of your local coffee shops or health food joints is easy as ever. With all the various food and beverage options that have become available to the mainstream, we want to ask, what makes matcha so magical?

Health Benefits

  • Matcha is packed with antioxidants! With an ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) measuring higher than pomegranate or even blueberries.
  • It is loaded with catechins, which are the most potent and beneficial types of antioxidant. One specific catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) makes up 60% of the catechins in matcha green tea and is recognized as the most effective antioxidant to battle cancer.
  • Induces calm states and greater concentration due to L-Theanine contained in the leaves used to make matcha. L-Theanine promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces relaxation without the inherent drowsiness. Moreover, L-Theanine is  responsible for the production of dopamine and serotonin, which helps to enhance mood, improve memory and concentration.
  • Supports immune system by providing antioxidants and substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Selenium, Chromium, Zinc, Magnesium, Calcium and Protein. Further studies have even suggested that the nutrients found in matcha may have the ability to inhibit the attacks of HIV on human T-cells.
  • Boosts metabolism, burns calories and body fat about four times faster than the average caffeinated beverage, without any of the negative side-effects such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure.
  • Possess high levels of chlorophyll that make matcha tea a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.

The Back-Story

To produce matcha tea powder, the best tea bushes are selected and then shaded from the sun for about three weeks before harvest. Through this process, chlorophyll content increases in the plant and contributes to the powder’s eye-popping green color.

At this point, the best leaves are selected and stone ground by hand to produce a fine powder. Unlike other types of teas, this green tea powder is not strained out before consuming.

By utilizing the entire leaf, matcha becomes a much more potent version of green tea that provides you with a powerful tonic of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids. 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 without achieving equal benefits!


Matcha Bubble Tea

created with healthier ingredients

Yield: 1; 16 oz cup serving

Tea Prep Time: 10 minutes

Boba Cook Time: 7 min

INGREDIENTS:

  • ½ tbsp matcha powder
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp coconut nectar
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ¼ cup ice cubes or crushed ice
  • ¼ cup of boba balls
INSTRUCTIONS:

  • Place 2 cups of water into a small pot and bring it to boil.
  • Add ¼ cup of boba balls into the hot water and let it cook for 2-3 min or until the boba balls turn completely black.
  • Drain the water and place the boba balls into a bowl filled with cold water; let them chill.
  • While the boba balls are being cooled, add almond milk, matcha powder, coconut nectar, coconut oil, and ice into a high-speed blender
  • Blend on high speed until ingredients are thoroughly mixed.
  • Add boba balls into the bottom of clean, empty cup, then pour blended matcha tea over it.
  • Sip and enjoy with a wide-mouth straw so that the boba can easily move through.