February 22, 2016 | | Nutrition

Green Tea, You’ve Met Your Matcha

Matcha tea has become increasingly popular in the U.S. with many dedicated coffee lovers ditching their go-to and opting for this bright green drink – but it’s important to know the facts before you dive right in to this matcha madness trend. If you haven’t listened to the latest Really, Truly Fit Podcast, you’ll definitely want to.

This antioxidant-packed tea is a form of green tea that has been ground down into a powder. Green tea, you’ve met your matcha. Check out these incredible health benefits!

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Selecting Matcha

– Your matcha should be bright green. The poor quality matcha is more brown or yellow in color.

– Be sure to select ceremonial grade – it’s better quality than culinary grade.

– Matcha tea can range from $30-$50. It’s better to purchase the good stuff and reap the benefits than try to save a few bucks and buy the cheap, lower-quality stuff.

– Look for Matcha directly from Japan. Matcha originated from Japan, so they have had a longer time to perfect the growing, harvesting, processing and packaging process.

How to Prepare

While matcha can be used in many different methods, a more traditional way of preparing would be to sift 1-2 teaspoons of matcha into a small bowl then pour in to very hot water. (not boiling water, though – that can destroy the antioxidants). Using a bamboo whisk, whisk vigorously until the tea becomes frothy and sip. You could also chose to add to your favorite recipes to give them a nutritious boost! Add a teaspoon of matcha tea to your favorite yogurt or mix into your favorite fruit smoothie.

Game. Set. Matcha. Let us know your favorite ways to use matcha.

 

Still not convinced? Check out these articles on Matcha with quotes from Jim White, himself, in the latest Men’s Health and Shape Magazine.

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