My Need For Matcha
I grew up in a family of serious coffee drinkers. In fact serious might not cover it. My dad will still be drinking his “morning” coffee at 1 in the afternoon while working outside in the 90 degree heat. For my family, coffee is more than an energy boosting morning drink, its a way of life. It is an item to be held while “visiting” (we’re from the midwest) around the kitchen table. And don’t get me started on afternoon coffee… The point I’m trying to make is it is in my DNA to need a warm, creamy beverage in my hand more frequent than not.
However, I have a real on-and-off relationship with coffee. Right now we aren’t on speaking terms. Although I find coffee delicious, it is too acidic and just 1 cup in the morning causes me acid reflux and indigestion for the rest of the day. It also makes me feel incredibly dehydrated and thirsty. More than that it gives me serious jitters and anxiety. That doesn’t change the fact that I am addicted to the need for a warm, energizing drink that I can cozy up to the computer with. Cue the Matcha.
In my search to replace coffee I found Matcha. For those of you that have missed the craze, Matcha is a powder made of ground up green tea leaves (it’s more technical than that). Because you are getting the whole green tea leaf, it is said to have more than 100x the antioxidants of regular brewed green tea. Matcha is like Coffee’s over-acheiving roommate, the one that gets up before dawn to make a paleo frittata before running 20 miles to Crossfit. For example, here are some of Matcha’s said powers:
- It gives you energy without jitters
- Improves concentration
- Speeds up metabolism which can aid in weight loss
- Has vitamins and fiber
- A big dose of cancer fighting EGCg
- Find this info and more at http://matchasource.com
How To Drink Matcha…Without Gagging
I love tea. I love green tea. I HATE Matcha. Ok there… I said it! Now that I got that off my chest, I can tell you the method I use to drink matcha everyday and actually enjoy it!
Matcha is bitter
Matcha has a very bitter taste and honestly isn’t very pleasant. The first time you taste it will be the most disappointing time of your Matcha drinking life. But trust me, it gets better! It does take getting used to, but once you are familiar, and you use the right ratio in your beverage, it is actually quite tasty. Because coffee is also bitter, Matcha is a good substitute. Substituting other teas, like herbal, for coffee just never leave me satisfied. The best way to drink Matcha, for me, is to make it into a vanilla latte. I like my coffee a tad sweet and with a vanilla creamer, so making my Matcha tea into a vanilla latte does the trick.
Not too preppy
There is a fancy way to prep Matcha using a bamboo whisk and tea bowl, but we are trying to keep it simple and to be honest, I have never noticed a difference in my tea that was prepared with my whisk and tea bowl, versus my spoon and cup. If the prep is too elaborate and you have to buy more items to get started, it is something that you are less likely to try. The one thing that I do recommend is a milk frother. This is what makes it a latte. I have a hand-held electric frother and a manual hand pump frother. Believe it or not, I prefer the latter, but both do the job. Here’s my prep run down
- 8 oz Hot Water
- 1 tsp Organic Matcha Powder
- 1/4 tsp Pure Vanilla Extract
- 1 tsp Honey
- 1/2 cup Steamed Milk (frothed)
Mix Matcha into hot water thoroughly, until particles are dissolved
Stir in vanilla and honey
Heat milk and froth it
pour milk over latte and enjoy
This latte is how I fill the void that coffee has left in my heart. But in all honesty, I love the taste of this latte, and I have felt incredible since adding it to my diet. I hope you find this info useful and are able to kick the coffee and replace it with such a health boosting beverage! If you are not a coffee addict or are not interested in this method, try adding a teaspoon of Matcha to your smoothie or juice. You won’t even taste it, but you’ll be reaping the awesome benefits. Happy sipping!