I live life on the go. Everyone who knows me is aware that I can’t sit still! I always need to be doing something!
Recently I’ve been trying to work being calm; on taking time out to sit still, relax & just soak up the moment. Initially I found this difficult & couldn’t get my brain to switch off. But the more I’ve been working on this, the better I’ve become at it. One thing that has really helped me with this is Matcha. I’ve swapped one of my morning coffees for a mug of Matcha, which I sit and drink in the morning while I relax for about 15minutes. Matcha provides me with a calm energy which I find helps me think clearer, focus better & significantly reduce my procrastinating.
What Is Matcha?
Matcha is like the “superfood” of the tea world. It’s made from green tea leaves (which are very nutrient rich) that are grown specially for 2 months extra than normal tea. It is also protected from the sunlight as soon as the newest leaves start to bud & because the sunlight is blocked out, the tea leaves produce higher amounts of the amino acid l-theanin. This is what gives Matcha it’s unique taste & special slow release energy properties. This calm energy from Matcha may help reduce anxiety, invigorate the mind & provide a feeling of sustained energy without peaks & drops through the day.
When I use Matcha, I choose Matcha Tea Haus because its pure & organic but also sourced directly from Japan. It’s JAS certified & both Matcha Tea Haus blends have no additives, they are just pure Japanese green tea powder.
Benefits of Matcha
Consuming Matcha may have some great benefits including:
• Improved Concentration – the L-theanine present in Matcha may improve cognition & concentration and similar effects to typical caffeine but without the anxiety or effect on sleep quality that coffee drinkers can experience.
• Boosts Metabolism – some studies have shown that Matcha has thermogenic properties meaning it increases the heat in your body which can increase your metabolism, which is beneficial if you are trying to lose weight.
• Antioxidants & Energy – match is an excellent source of antioxidants & also contains caffeine. The antioxidants in matcha bind to the caffeine, slowing its release into the blood stream, providing your with a feeling of sustained energy.
How To Use Matcha
Matcha can be added to many foods and drinks. I love adding Matcha to my morning smoothies & tea, which I make by whisking it with hot water. You can also add it into your morning oats, nice-cream, breakfast bowls, healthy muffins & healthy cakes, which give them an awesome green colour!
But my favourite way to enjoy Matcha in my Matcha Bliss Balls! Try my recipe below.
Recipe – Matcha Bliss Balls
• 2 tbs Matcha Tea Haus ‘Everyday Blend’
• ½ cup raw pistachios, shells removed
• ½ cup raw cashews
• 5 medjool dates, pitted
• ¼ cup desiccated coconut
• 1 tbp coconut oil
1. Place all the ingredients into a high speed blender & blend until mixture evenly combines.
2. Remove mixture from blender & roll into balls with hands.
3. Refrigerate for ½ hr.
*Can be frozen for longer shelf life.
Sponsored Content: This article is proudly sponsored by Matcha Tea Haus. Why? Because I love Matcha Tea Haus and only recommend companies/brands/products that I truly believe in and who share the same approach to health as I do. All opinions are my own and not influenced in any way.