IN LOVE WITH ALL THINGS MATCHA,
Why not give this a try tonight ?
Take a few minutes before bedtime to mix a handful of ingredients, including chia seeds, an excellent source of omega-3 fatty acids which help to raise HDL cholesterol (the good kind that protects your heart). Pour in a mason jar, seal with an airtight lid, and place it in your fridge overnight. Come morning, you’ll have a delicious healthy breakfast bowl ready to go.
I came across this and it’s on the menu for me tomorrow morning, hello Monday with MATCHA CHIA PUDDING, add almond milk, hemp seeds + honey, Prep it by mixing, 1/2 cup greek yogurt, 1/2 cup almond milk (or variation of your choice) , 3 tbsp chia seeds, 1 tsp of matcha powder , and honey in a jar and leaving it in the fridge overnight. Easy & DELICIOUS!
WHAT IS MATCHA?
Matcha is a stone-ground powdered green tea used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. According to the 8th century Zen priest Eisai, who introduced the tea to Japan, matcha is “the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one’s life more full and complete”.
WHY SHOULD I DRINK IT?
Matcha contains small amounts of various vitamins and minerals, because matcha is made from ground up whole tea leaves, it’s a more potent source of catechins than standard green tea.
One study found that matcha contains three times more of the catechins called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) – an antioxidant linked to fighting cancer, viruses and heart disease – than other kinds of standard green tea.
For over a millennium, Matcha Green Tea has been used by Chinese Daoists and Japanese Zen Buddhist monks as a means to relax and meditate while remaining alert. Now we know that this higher state of consciousness is due to the amino acid 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 caused by other “downers.”
BOOSTS MEMORY AND CONCENTRATION
INCREASES ENERGY LEVELS AND ENDURANCE
Samurai, the noble warriors of medieval and early-modern Japan, drank Matcha Green Tea before going into battle due to the tea’s energizing properties. While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from Matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients. The increased endurance from a bowl of Matcha Green Tea can last up to 6 hours and because of the effects of L-Theanine, Matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants such as nervousness and hypertension. It’s good, clean energy.
HAS BEEN SHOWN TO INCREASE THE METABOLISM
DETOXIFIES THE BODY
During the last three weeks before tea leaves are harvested to be made into Matcha, Camellia sinensis are covered to deprive them of sunlight. This causes a tremendous increase in chlorophyll production in the new growth of these plants. The resulting high levels of chlorophyll in Matcha Green Tea not only give this tea its beautiful vibrant green color. Matcha is also a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
BOOSTS THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
The catechins in Matcha Green Tea have been shown to have antibiotic properties which promote overall health. Additionally, just one bowl of Matcha Green Tea provides substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium. Further studies have even suggested that the nutrients in Matcha may have the ability to inhibit the attacks of HIV on human T-cells.
BEST ONE YET ….
IT TASTES AWESOME, I LOVE IT!
Get your matcha latte or tea going on..
Expert nutrition advice is available from Dani
If you would like more information on specific dietary requirements, raw food, or vegan diets, please feel free to get in touch with Dani Mitchell from Dani Delights. Regular Friday night vegan takeaways are available from Dani's base at the EarthBeat Centre in Saltburn