Today’s green juice recipe isn’t a juice at all! It’s a bright green tea that is as good for your mind as it is for your beautiful body.
Matcha is a powdered tea that has been around for centuries. It was traditionally used in tea ceremonies in Japan, and it’s leaves were eaten for their medicinal effects around the world. Folklore has it that this emerald green wonder was consumed by monks who drank the tea to increase rested mental alertness (staying awake:) during meditation!
What makes this tea unique is that it is the only one where the tea leaves are consumed — not thrown out with the tea bag. The powdered tea leaves can be whisked into a frothy beverage that tastes like a lighter version of grass with a hint of plant (not wheatgrass Thank God). I have not acquired a taste for the pure tea version. But cafe latte style — worth a post & video!
I’ll show you exactly how easy it is to make and the type of matcha I buy (they’re some great versions out there so look around before you buy). When buying matcha tea, make sure it’s fresh and pure ceremonial grade. This is the purest version of the tea which means it is super packed with goodness and extra vitamins, nutrients, and phytonutrients.
Matcha Green Tea Benefits Include:
- A Stonger Immune System
- Clearer, Smoother Skin
- Healthier Hair
- Reduces inflammation
- Improves concentration
- Helps the body clear toxins
- Powerful antioxidant that’s especially high in catechins (disease fighters) chlorophyll (detoxifies, purifies, and oxygenates the body), and polyphenols (excellent for balancing hormones, blood sugar levels, blood pressure)
- Balances your metabolism
- Helps prevent hair loss
- Contains Theanine (Stress Reliever)
Theanine is plant-based amino acid that is calming to the brain and body. Theanine crosses the blood-brain barrier and reduces mental and physical stress. It’s natural occurrence with caffeine causes you to feel more alert, aware, focused, and energized, without the crash of a sugar high or coffee buzz.
It’s a zenergy (I’ve been waiting to say that) that you have to experience for yourself. This recipe should help! I love coconut milk in this drink, but substitute with your favorite. If you like a vanilla smoothie for breakfast, switch yours out for this one in the morning!
Here’s a quick video of how I make mine. I buy Encha and it seems like there are new companies coming out with green tea everyday. If you’re not sure which type of matcha to buy, check out this extensive review from Kathy Patalsky over at Healthy Happy Life.
*If you are sensitive to caffeine, consult you marvelous medical professional or healer before adding this tea to your daily diet.*