Morning Cup Of Liquid Meditation, Please.
Not to knock coffee lovers, but let's chat matcha. I am a huge matcha enthusiast, not only for how it tastes, but for the unreal health benefits.
First of all, for those of you who don't know (which I really hope you do..) matcha is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves. Matcha is extremely potent in antioxidants - one of the many benefits that make matcha the elixir of life, in my opinion. Along with being an antioxidant powerhouse, matcha also contains L-Theanine. L-Theanine counters caffeine content, which is why you don't get jittery when drinking the potent green tea powder. This element also activates alpha brain waves, the same activation that happens when you meditate or rest your body, which is why I have termed matcha, "Liquid Meditation." Matcha is extremely calming without being sedative. It will boost you up, but won't jitter you out.
Just when you thought a simple powder couldn't get better, it also protects against breast and prostate cancer. Matcha contains EGCG, short for Epigallocatechin gallate, but let's be real, I can't even pronounce that so let's stick to EGCG. This compound aids in protecting the body from disease, reduces inflammation, and can aid in weight loss.
Antioxidants, L-Theanine, and EGCG are all of the factors that make matcha such a powerful elixir, for both the mind and the body - but beware, not all matcha powders are created equal. It is crucial to pay attention to quality when buying matcha because, like many coffee brands, some matcha brands can also contain heavy metals, which f*ck no, we do not let those enter our bodies! When buying matcha, the powder should be a vibrant green, quality should be ceremonial grade, and always check if the brand tests for heavy metals.
I'm giving you the tea, no pun intended, on my favorite matcha brands + how I make my matcha below --
MATCHA BRANDS TO NOTE
*These brands quadruple test for heavy metals
THE BEST MATCHA, EVER
+ 1 tbsp matcha powder
+ 1 cup non-dairy milk (I prefer Malk Organics, there's no sh*t in it)
+ 1 tbsp pure, organic coconut cream
+ 1 date
+ dash of cinnamon
+ dash of vanilla
+ blend and pour over ice - thank me later.