The Benefits of Matcha Green Tea:
- Boosts your metabolism
- Can help you lose weight faster
- Provides calm, jitter-free energy
- Loaded with antioxidants
- Can boost concentration and memory
- Alkalizing and anti-inflammatory
- Provides 10x the nutritional content of ordinary green tea!
Matcha green tea is an excellent choice for a better-for-you caffeine fix in the middle of a juice cleanse or as part of your everyday healthy routine!
What makes this ancient Eastern ceremonial tea superior to coffee, energy drinks, and other varieties of tea? Here's a breakdown of matcha's numerous weight loss, wellness, and beauty-boosting properties...
Enhances Concentration & Mental Clarity
About six months ago, fed up with the multitude of ways chronic insomnia was screwing with the quality of my day-to-day life, I decided to get diligent about loosening coffee’s grip on my body and brain.
Enter matcha green tea. A cup of matcha has about half the caffeine content of a cup of regular black coffee but will do more for your mind than just providing an energy boost.
Unlike coffee, which can make you jittery and nervous, matcha green tea gives you a more relaxed, focused energy. This is due to high concentrations of a calming amino acid called L-Theanine. L-Theanine not only slows the release of caffeine (minimizing the crash!), it boosts levels of GABA, dopamine, and serotonin, which can help enhance your mood and foster feelings of well-being.
In other words, matcha increases the happy neurotransmitters in your brain. Thus, drinking matcha helps you to feel chilled out yet alert. It’s no wonder it has a traditional history of use by Zen Buddhist monks and Samurai warriors!
If you’re a slave to caffeine dependence and struggle to balance your late-day caffeine cravings with your desire to fall asleep at a reasonable hour (like myself), I highly recommend giving matcha a try!
Dense Nutrient Content
Just one cup of matcha tea has ten times the nutrition of ordinary green tea.
The rich nutrient content in matcha green tea has much to do with the way it is prepared. Whereas other teas are made by steeping leaves in water and then discarding them, matcha leaves are ground into a fine powder and prepared by whisking the powder with water (I like to blend matcha into my smoothies- see below).
Thus, when you drink matcha tea, you consume the actual leaves and absorb a more concentrated dose of nutrition.
You Can Drink it on a Juice Cleanse!
If you're about to begin a Raw Generation juice cleanse and you are a regular caffeine drinker, you shouldn’t give it up cold-turkey.
If you are unable to spend several days gradually weaning yourself off of caffeine in the days leading up to your juice cleanse, quitting caffeine all at once will most likely result in unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
Although black coffee is acceptable to drink during your cleanse, it promotes acidity in the body which can hinder your weight loss. On the other hand, energizing matcha green tea is highly alkaline and can foster even better results.
Alkaline-forming foods/beverages help to balance the body’s pH level. The more balanced your body’s pH, the better you will look and feel. Alkaline pH = clearer skin, more energy, and faster weight loss! The better your body's pH, the better your results will be during a juice cleanse or anytime healthy weight loss is your aspiration.
Matcha green tea contains 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea and can help boost your weight loss due to its rich abundance of antioxidant polyphenols called catechins, most notably, EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate).
EGCG increases thermogenesis in the body, the process of burning calories in order to create heat. An increase in thermogenesis boosts metabolism, speeding up the rate at which the body burns off fat, regardless of physical activity level. EGCG has also been demonstrated to prevent the growth of new fat cells!
How to Drink Matcha
To make a cup of matcha tea, simply whisk 1-2 tsp. of matcha powder with hot water.
Much like cold-pressed juice, it’s best to drink matcha on any empty stomach so as to maximize nutrient absorption. Bear in mind, some people experience nausea when they drink green tea on an empty stomach. I’m one of those people, so I prefer to put matcha in my smoothies instead of drinking it straight.
I like to make a fruit smoothie with a spoonful of matcha powder and sip it throughout the afternoon instead of loading up on coffee. It keeps me energized through the rest of the day without keeping me up all night the way late-day cups of coffee do.
Blueberry Matcha Cooler
Add an energizing antioxidant boost to your juice cleanse (or whenever!)
- 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
- 1 1/2 cups water (OR use a bottle of your favorite Raw Generation juice as your liquid ingredient)
- 2 tsp. Matcha green tea powder
- A few dashes of ginger
- Optional- sweeten with a couple of dates
Puree ingredients in blender until smooth & enjoy!
Dairy-Free Matcha Latte
Try using our Cashew Smoothie in this recipe for your plant-based milk!
- ½ cup very hot water
- 1 cup plant-based milk
- 2 tsp. Matcha green tea powder
- Optional - sweeten with pure maple syrup, monk fruit, or raw honey
Whisk matcha with hot water until the powder is fully mixed and dissolved. Then stir in your plant-based milk and optional sweetener. Enjoy!