Matcha literally means “powdered tea.” In Japan, originally it has been used to aid in the practice of meditation. Matcha is rich in a rare amino acid known as L-Theanine, which creates alpha waves in the brain – a state of relaxed alertness. This is about focus and attentiveness without the side effects of being over-caffeinated.
Another health benefit comes from a potent antioxidant called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) that exists in quantities up to 20 times that of other antioxidant-rich food.
Finally, matcha helps to lose weight as it increases the body’s at-rest metabolism.
matcha almond smoothie (basic recipe)
1 cup almond milk
2 teaspoons matcha powder
1 ripe banana, fresh or frozen
2 dates or
1 tablespoon maple syrup (for additionaI sweetness)
1 peach (pairs perfectly with the flavours of matcha and banana)
a handful of spinach ( even more healthy and not bad at all)
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract (for additional sweetness and flavour)
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth.