If you didn't know, I'm a tea freak. I have an entire kitchen cabinet dedicated to the stuff and I have a separate stash in my desk at work. This is serious, people.
|Yeah. This pretty much sums me up.|
For those of you like me who know nothing about this matcha stuff, here's a quick benefits summary from Kiss Me Organics:
USED FOR: LATTES | SMOOTHIES | BAKING
ALL DAY ENERGY WITH INCREASED FOCUS
Matcha provides 4 to 6 hours of mild steady energy as it acts as both a stimulant and a relaxant. This is ideal for focusing on whatever the day throws your way.
Consuming matcha green tea can increase thermogenesis (the body's own rate of burning calories) from a normal 8%-10% of daily energy expenditure, to between 35% and 43% of daily energy expediture.
IMPROVED SKIN HEALTH
Scientists have discovered that Matcha Green Tea helps protect the skin from harmful UVrays, while improving blood flow and oxygen levels lifting the overall quality of the skin.
137x THE ANTIOXIDANTS OF BREWED GREEN TEA
Basically, they grind up the tea leaves to a fine powder so you can mix it with anything and reap the green tea benefits. Sign me up!
While I didn't go nuts with the recipes, I did use the matcha in the place where it made the most sense for me to personally - in my morning protein shake!
|It tastes much better than it looks, I promise!|
Directions say to use 1/2-1 tsp. daily, so on day 1, I started with the 1/2 tsp. just to be on the safe side. I didn't notice a difference in the taste or how I felt, so the next day, I went for the full teaspoon - there was a light green tea taste (obviously if you like green tea this is a plus, if not, well...get creative!), and I did notice some benefits - not in the "OMG I can run a marathon right this second!" way, but in an "OMG I'm not falling asleep at my desk yet" way. Fine by me!
I actually haven't stopped using the matcha since receiving it and would definitely consider keeping it as a permanent pantry staple - the key with a product like this is to find where it works for you. For me, it's perfect in my protein shake. For someone else, you will still reap the benefits, but maybe you'll want to explore all of the many options they offer with the free recipe guide.
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