I've never been one to drink tea (or any hot drink, strangely) I've just never found hot drinks thirst quenching or refreshing. This has meant that until now I'd never tried any kind of green tea, despite its many health benefits.
Matcha tea powder is made from the ground down green tea leaves grown in Japan. Matcha leaves differ from regular green tea as the plants are grown in the shade to in order to increase the tea plant's chlorophyll production. As a result it has far higher levels of nutrients.
Matcha tea contains 6 times more antioxidants than goji berries and 70 times more than orange juice. Additionally it has 9 times the beta carotene of spinach and high levels of the amino acid, L-threonine which has been found to raise energy levels and keep you calm and focused.
It's versatile powdered form means that it doesn't have to be drunk with hot water, it can also be mixed in with cold water, milk, smoothies, or even yoghurt. I've chosen to drink it daily added to a glass of cold water for a refreshing pre-workout boost. Coming from a non-tea drinker, it's a big thing to say I like the taste of this and I especially like it's uplifting effect. I'm not sure if this is psychological, in that I'm told it'll boost my mood, so I feel more uplifted afterwards, as placebo effect if you will. Either way, the nutrients are a very welcome addition to my daily routine.
However you prefer to drink green tea, all you'll need is 1/2 a teaspoon of matcha powder, stirred (or whisked) in. Each 30g tin contains 30 servings - so a months supply! It's available to buy online at www.teapigs.co.uk and costs around £25 - pricey but if you have the money to spend on it it's worth giving it a try.
Teapigs Organic Super Power Matcha Tea Review
Saturday, 15 February 2014
Posted by Karen Oliver at 09:00:00
Since the 11th of May 2011, I have gone from being obese to healthy, rescued myself from diabetes and hypertension and taught myself how to cook along the way. I've gone from being the teen that bunked off PE lessons, to the adult whose hobbies include lifting weights, yoga, dance and mixed martial arts.
My main rule is to live a lifestyle that's fad-free! I encourage everyone to stay well away from faddy diets that could potentially cause more health problems than they solve.
It's all about creating a sustainable, enjoyable lifestyle change.