Matcha Green Tea
Antioxidants Anyone?

Love this matcha green tea and it works best when you drink it on an empty stomach.

Matcha Green Tea Bowl and Whisk

I like to call the items in the picture above my "little green tea kit" as it has a good brand of tea, a bamboo matcha whisk and a glass bowl deep enough where I can whisk it up and then drink it right out of the bowl.

There are several brands of matcha available and real matcha comes from Japan that comes in a powder form making it concentrated and high in antioxidants. 

Though not everyone cares for its flavor the benefits it provides are plentiful.

Why Matcha Green Tea is Considered One of the Best:

• Loaded with antioxidants such as EGCG and Chlorophyll
• EGCG is a potent antioxidant and is believed to help prevent illness
• Antioxidants help with disease prevention and treatments
• Antioxidants have  cancer fighting properties
• Help detoxes the body
• Increases metabolism
• Helps burn fat
• Which helps with weight loss
• Almost no calories
• Is a beverage that does not raise blood sugar levels
• Contains vitamin A, vitamin C, Calcium, potassium, iron, vitamin E and Zinc
• Rich in Fiber
• Does not increase heartbeat like caffeine in other beverages yet keeps you alert
• In fact contains theanine which has shown to reduce mental stress
• Used in meditation to keep calm, yet alert, what a great combination that we could use throughout the day

Why is Matcha Green Tea so High in Antioxidants?

Because the whole leaf of the green tea is used and stone ground offering the highest levels of antioxidants, vitamins and minerals these teas can offer.

Does Matcha contain caffeine?

Yes, it does.

Love it for weight loss:

After enjoying a bowl of the green stuff it offers me a boost of energy and curbs my appetite till meal time.  

No wonder so many people are using this for weight loss as it helps increase metabolism, burn fat, suppress food cravings and helps detox the body which all help  in the battle of the bulge.

I feel good just drinking it knowing that I'm ingesting something that can help detox my body and help prevent disease.

Matcha Green Tea

Quick Guide on How to Make Matcha Green Tea:

Directions for tea?  Sounds kind of funny giving directions on something as simple as making a cup of tea, but there are just a few simple tricks to make sure you are getting the most out of your matcha.

Before making a cup it's a nice idea to push the powder through a mesh sieve, this helps prevent clumping. 

Place a teaspoon of the sifted tea into the glass bowl of your choice.  Choose a bowl that is medium size yet deep enough so you can whisk the tea.

This is going to sound a bit silly, but please do not use boiling water on matcha green tea, use very hot water.  This is important to help maintain the antioxidant levels that the tea offers. 

Since I still haven't purchased a kitchen thermometer for liquids that tells me the exact temperature of the water here is a way to make this work.

It is recommended that you use water that is about 180 degrees F in temperature.  Water boils at 212 degrees F, so once the water finishes boiling, let it sit in the kettle for an additional 2 - 3 minutes. Now it will be the right temperature you need or very close to it.

Now add about 3 ounces of that very hot water into the bowl with the tea.  Whisk the liquid briskly, but not in a circular motion.  Instead, whisk in the shape of the letter W until you develop a nice froth on top, this takes about 20 seconds or so.

What a great way to get a cup of healthy antioxidants.   

Measuring Ingredients for Green Tea:

The one thing I like the best is you can choose how thick or thin you want your beverage to be.

Here are some ratios used often:

1/2 teaspoon tea mixed with 2-3 ounces of water
1 teaspoon tea mixed with 2-3 ounces of water
1/2 teaspoon  tea mixed with 4-5 ounces of water
1 teaspoon tea mixed with 4-5 ounces of water

You get the idea.

The great thing is that you can have a stronger tea on the days you feel you need it and help stretch your batch of tea by using a little less of it on the days you feel a thinner tea will work too.

No matter if you prefer your tea thick or thin there will always be a little tea sediment on the bottom of your bowl.  I actually drink my sediment because of all the health benefits it offers.

So cheers and enjoy a cup of the green stuff.

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