Matcha Green Tea: A Caffeine Alternative
In a sea of latte art and coffee shops around every corner, it's always been hard to resist the temptations of caffeine when it is so convenient and easily accessible. This has been the case for me, since my college and internship years, when my primary diet consisted of coffee (it still does, on occasion -- something I don't recommend ever doing!).
However, I grew up drinking and consuming massive amounts of tea (mostly oolong and jasmine) and yearned for a healthier, less abrasive but still effective alternative for my daily routine. My research led me back to something that I was familiar with all these years at the numerous Japanese restaurants I've frequented: Matcha tea. Because it contains high levels of anti-oxidants and naturally-occurring caffeine, matcha is a fantastic alternative for those of us who have relied on coffee for our energy boosting needs.
Making Matcha Tea
Not yet convinced to jump the habit (old habits really do die hard)? Here are five more reasons why matcha is the next coffee:
1. Helps WITH and Promotes Weight loss
Yep, matcha has been linked to weight loss by increasing your metabolism. It's a great diet supplement to your daily workout routine, without causing any negative side effects such as increasing heart rate and blood pressure. If drinking tea is the new dieting, count me in.
2. It Keeps You Calmer
Seems contradictory for a caffeine substance, am I right? Well, matcha is simultaneously meditative while alerting. Tea leaves used to make matcha contain an amino acid called L-Theanine, which apparently amplifies relaxation without creating any drowsiness.
3. Boosts and Maintains Energy Levels
Unlike other stimulants, matcha provides the desired energy boost without the dreadful crash effect afterward. This is thanks to its unique nutritional make-up and the benefits of L-Theanine. Matcha also doesn't keep you up all night like coffee does, either.
4. Strengthens Our Immune System
Catechins found in matcha have antibiotic properties that work to defend our immune systems. A multitude of nutrients, like potassium, vitamins A & C, protein and calcium, are all found in this amazing coffee alternative. Some studies have suggested (not proven) that matcha could even inhibit HIV from attacking human T-Cells.
5. An Inexpensive Detox
Matcha green tea is a relatively inexpensive way to detoxify daily. High levels of chlorophyll is instrumental in eliminating unwanted metals and chemical toxins from the body.
Additionally, matcha makes for wonderful gifts all year round. I've already gifted many ceremony matcha gift sets this year. Shop my favorites here.
Hope you enjoyed my experience with matcha green tea. Now the real burning question is: Would you substitute coffee with this?