I'm a big fan of matcha tea. I have it every afternoon around 3pm to prevent that after-lunch slump and get my energy and focus up to deal with homework time, lunch prep and often grumpy kids!
It takes about 2 minutes longer to prepare than popping a tea bag in a mug, and for me that's totally worth it!
First of all, some interesting things about matcha tea.
What is Matcha?
- It also helps to regulate healthy blood sugar levels.
- The tea can help with weight loss by boosting metabolism and reducing appetite.
- It acts as a blood detoxifier and alkaliser.
- It's known to reduce heart disease.
But for me, the absolute best thing about matcha is the feeling of calm yet energised focus you get while drinking it (so amazing!). The "zenergy" feeling comes from the unique combination of caffeine and theanine. It provides a long lasting calm alert state and relaxed mental clarity without the jitters and crashes often associated with coffee. Just pure, good, clean energy!
Other ways to enjoy matcha
Traditionally Matcha is whisked in a bowl with hot water to become a rich frothy beverage (my favourite way to enjoy it). This is what I do to prepare my daily cup...
- ¼ tsp Matcha tea
- 1 cup of hot (not boiling) water - 80°C
- A small sieve or tea strainer
- A small whisk or matcha whisk
- Small bowl
How to make it:
Heat water to no more than 80 degrees.
Sieve ¼ teaspoon of matcha powder into a small bowl to remove any lumps.
Add approximately 1 tablespoons of the water and whisk quickly until it starts to froth slightly.
Pour the contents of the bowl into a cup, add the rest of the hot water and enjoy!
For the rest of the afternoon I feel great and ready for anything. Seriously, what could be better than energy and focus when dealing with energetic and highly unpredictable kids!!
Good to know...
- Store matcha in the fridge.
- A cappuccino milk frother will give your tea an extra frothy head.
- For the correct 'tea ceremony' sift matcha powder through a tea strainer (don't push it through) and press the last bigger pieces through at the end.