If there is one thing you will hear me say about health, is that it starts with your nutrition. Getting my three year old daughter to eat healthy has always been an adventure. As parents, we always want the best for our daughters development; her food is no exception. If I get an opportunity to find new treats packed full of nutrients AND it’s tasty to eat, it’s a win win for mommy and toddler.
Ever since I first tried a Matcha Latte tea, from the first sip, I have been hooked! Now, I was really craving this more! So whilst shopping at the supermarket I was passing through the tea section, and there it was, I had spotted the green and golden tin-can with Organic Matcha Tea written across. I really couldn’t wait to get home and try this in a smoothie.
Aside from being a delicious drink, why should you be drinking Matcha?
Here are some fascinating, and shockingly wonderful truths about this incredible tea…
It is packed full of rich antioxidants including the unique powerful class of antioxidants know as catechins. In particular, the catechin EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate) provides potent cancer-fighting and bacteria fighting properties which are not found in other foods. Matcha may contain up to five times more of this amino acid than common black and green teas.
This also contains disease-fighting amino acid that is named L-Theanine;
Matcha has high amounts of L-theanine this help to enhances mood and aids in concentration and reduce stress. L-theanine uses triggers the following potentially positive responses in the brain for users with anxiety issues.
While Polyphenols, a type of chemical compounds found in matcha widen the blood vessels and improve the flow of blood to the brain. This results in better cognitive abilities. It helps boost metabolism, burning fat, and calories while lowering cholesterol and blood sugar.
Matcha contains the detoxifying and immune boosting chlorophyll, vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium. These are very important contributors for immune health if you want to keep you and your children away from cold, flu and cavities.
If you are familiar with green tea, then you may know that Matcha tea has caffeine. Matcha tea contains some caffeine (about 30 mg. per cup) however, this is not nearly the caffeine content of an average cup of coffee (70-75 mg. per cup).
L-Theanine in Matcha releases the caffeine slowly into the bloodstream over a period of 4 to 6 hours – not the same can be said with the caffeine from a cup of coffee.
That said, some children can have caffeine sensitivity and therefore, should be allowed to drink Matcha tea only in moderation; one cup a day would be sufficient here.
Children who drink Matcha tea everyday, have been found to combat flu much better than those who do not drink this daily. (Source: “The Journal of Nutrition”, 2011)
If you are looking for a quality Organic Matcha powder and you want to enjoy the wonderful health properties of what this drink is packed with, my absolute favorite Matcha of choice is Matcha LOVE® Organic Powder, by a long shot. It consist of whole leaf green tea, native to Japan with ancient origins, going back to the traditional Japanese tea ceremony. This Matcha has delicate but also very potent properties and the highest quality sourced in Japan.
While looking for a recipe that can nourish the whole family’s appetite, I like to pop this in my Vitamix blender and make a nice smoothie. I try to opt for Organic, Vegan, Non-GMO, Gluten Free ingredients for this smoothies recipe. Although, I know there are several recipes such as protein bites, pie, ice cream, iced/hot tea lattes, Popsicle and more. If this sounds like something you would enjoy, then this recipe is perfect share for you and your family. I have shared the recipe below for everyone to enjoy!
- 1 scoop of protein of your choice (I use Garden of Life Protein) preferably vanilla flavored.
- 2 Frozen Bananas
- 2 tsp Matcha Green Tea Powder
- 1 cup (240ml) Light Almond Milk
- Add the almond milk to Vitamix Blender, followed by the protein powder, then add your Matcha green tea powder, and frozen bananas.
- Turn blender on lower settings, slowly turning to higher speed. Once blended and smooth, pour into a cup of choice & enjoy reaping the delicious benefits!