I feel like in the last year London has gone Matcha crazy, there is even a Matcha BAR!! The Matcha obsession has produced products such as Matcha lattes, Matcha sushi, Matcha ice cream, Matcha cakes, pastries and chocolate. I have even found matcha in beauty products and nail varnish! The most traditional way to consume matcha would be that of Matcha Tea. Why is everyone talking about matcha tea?
What is Matcha
The word Matcha actually means powdered green tea and that is exactly what it is!
Some people have been known to drink it in a shot form. This is how I take my Vitamin C tablets because I hate the flavour so if you want the benefits but hate the flavour this would be the best option for you.
What Are The Benefits
The claims that are made for matcha are impressive and if true then we should all be downing the goods.
Inhibits tumour growth
Improves immune system
Helps weight loss
Provides an insane amount of antioxidants
Matcha tea can be quite expensive to buy if you are looking for a natural 100% matcha. Pure Chimp is fairly priced and even has a starter bag which is only 30g but will last you a very long time. Buy it here.
The “IT” drink of the moment is whisked to perfection with a traditional matcha whisk. Unfortunately I don’t own one so I just stirred and stirred until it was completely mixed in. There are many brands selling matcha tea lately and teas that have a bit of matcha in. I have had a peppermint matcha tea before which I loved but I am fairly sure there was such a small amount of matcha in that it wasn’t actually doing me any good anyway. I recently got my hands on Pure Chimp‘s matcha tea which is 100% matcha green tea leaves ground up into a fine powder.
Megan’s Beginners Vegan Matcha Tea Recipe
1/2 teaspoon of matcha tea
Teaspoon of date syrup
Boiling hot water
I scooped half a teaspoon of matcha into my mug followed by a squirt of date syrup. I then filled my mug with hot water to help dissolve the ingredients. I then stirred until I thought everything was mixed together.
The flavour of matcha tea is very earthy and grassy. I definitely feel it is an acquired taste. If are a little unsure of the flavour but want to reap the benefits then you must try my recipe above. I loved it because it was a tiny bit sweet yet you could also just about taste the tea. The perfect morning breakfast tea to perk you up.
Have you tried matcha tea yet? Have you got any exciting recipes you can share with me?