Green tea matcha has been used in Japan for hundreds of years, and it’s become one of the most popular types of matcha globally. This form of green tea powder can be used to make lattes, smoothies, and even hot chocolate, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be eaten by itself! Here are some tips on how to use Green Tea Matcha in your life.
What is matcha?
Matcha is a finely ground powder made of tea leaves that are traditionally used in Japanese green tea ceremonies. Matcha is full of nutrients, antioxidants, and amino acids that can help improve your health. It has been shown to lower blood pressure, boost your metabolism and provide you with a sense of calmness and clarity. You can use matcha in a variety of ways:
1) Make matcha lattes by adding it to your favorite hot or cold brew, 2) Add it as a flavor enhancer for desserts like muffins or cupcakes, 3) Drink it straight with water or milk (matcha does not contain caffeine), 4) In baking, replace up to 25% of the flour in any recipe with matcha powder.
When cooking with matcha powder, you can substitute it one-for-one for regular green tea powder. Keep in mind that matcha is a much more powerful product and so you should use less than you would regularly. If a recipe calls for one teaspoon of regular green tea powder, only use half that amount if using matcha. The taste is stronger so start small until you get used to its distinctive taste and add more if desired!
History of matcha
Matcha, in its purest form, is a green tea powder that is made by grinding the whole tea leaf into a fine powder. Traditionally, matcha was used as a ceremonial drink in Japanese tea ceremonies. It has been said that matcha contains more antioxidants than black or regular green tea. It also doesn’t contain caffeine but it has L-theanine which helps boost mood and cognitive function.
Matcha can be mixed with water and brewed like traditional loose-leaf green tea, mixed with hot water and whisked with a spoon, or served cold as an iced drink. Most people find the taste of matcha to be earthy and bitter but it becomes smoother if you add sugar or honey to your cup before adding the matcha powder.
How to prepare matcha
Matcha green tea comes in powder form and can be prepared hot or cold. To make a cup of matcha, mix one teaspoon of matcha powder with 1 cup of hot water. Let it sit for 30 seconds before stirring. You can also add honey, sugar, or other sweeteners for taste.
Health benefits of matcha
Matcha green tea is a type of green tea that is made from a high-quality, shade-grown green tea called tencha. It is powdered into a fine powder and then mixed with water and/or other ingredients in order to make the traditional Japanese drink known as Matcha. It’s packed with antioxidants, an amino acid called L-Theanine, and chlorophyll. Not only can matcha improve your energy levels and focus, but it also has many other health benefits!
Recipes with matcha
Matcha is a finely ground powder of green tea leaves. What does matcha taste like? Generally, it has a natural sweetness and umami flavor. You can buy matcha as an ingredient to add to your favorite drink or recipe, or you can drink it straight. An iced matcha latte is one of the best-iced drinks out there. You will need matcha powder, water, milk (or soy milk), sugar or honey, ice cubes, and a whisk for this recipe. Start by combining the milk with the sugar in a bowl and whisking until smooth. Then combine all ingredients in a blender (except for the ice cubes) and blend on high until frothy. Add ice cubes to your glass and top off with a blended mixture from the blender; enjoy!