Posted on October 27 2015
4 Reasons Why You Should Be Drinking Matcha by Roki Prunali
Why we Love: Matcha. Matcha is so #trendy right now and has been for a while, but this superfood merits all its fame, and it will definitely last longer than 15 minutes. Don’t be fooled, Matcha Green Tea is not just any old green tea, you would need 10 cups of green tea to get the benefits of one cup of Matcha. Being a heavy matcha drinker, I find myself feeling more alert and calm, in comparison to its caffeine counterpart coffee. Come with me to discover what Matcha has to offer.
High concentrations of the amino acid L-theanine promotes relaxation and calming of the body by creating alpha waves in the brain. While the wave of calm overtakes you, ironically you are very alert and does not cause the same crashing effect that we normally get when we drink caffeine. L-Theanine also improves creativity, learning and memory. Having that mental block, make yourself a nice cup of matcha green tea because in 100 grams of Matcha, there are 2.41 milligrams of L-Theanine. Let’s get the juices flowing.
Need to start that fire in your metablolism? Matcha helps power a full workout and helps in burning up to 25% more calories. This is possible thanks to an antioxidant called ECGCs, which is known to boost fat metabolism and thermogenesis, the body’s rate of burning calories. The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition claims that Matcha produces an increase in energy expenditure, which is a measure of metabolism, combined with a significant effect on fat oxidation.
With the word superfood being thrown around, it is easy to get lost it what it really means and what determines each food to be really “super”. Being categorized as a superfood partly has to do with how many units of oxygen radical absorption (ORAC) capacity it contains. This number assesses the antioxidant potency of foods and beverages. So the higher the number, the more the antioxidant affects the body and guess where Matcha stands? High above the crowd that is for sure. Matcha boasts 1,384 ORAC units in one gram. Goji berries come in at 253, spinach 26, dark chocolate 227. Matcha claims the title of superfood.
Start getting into drinking Matcha by substituting it for your coffee every once and a while or feeling a bit frisky, try this smoothie.
1 Cup of Almond Milk or Coconut Milk (whatever you prefer)
1 Frozen Banana
2-4 Teaspoons Matcha Powder
1 Handful of Spinach or Kale
2 Medjool Dates
Juice the orange. Place in a blender all ingredients and blend. If you would like your smoothie a bit thicker, add some ice in the blender.
Let’s enter zen.