You’ve definitely heard of, if not seen, this bright green drink all over the place lately. And for good reason- in addition to being a fun drink with tons of variety options, it’s also incredibly good for you!
So what is it? It’s a special form of green tea that literally means “powdered tea.” This is because when you drink green tea, you’re drinking hot water that is infused with the leaves. Matcha is actually the leaves themselves, ground up into a bitter powder.
Onto the benefits! Matcha is full of antioxidants – even more than blueberries or your fave leafy greens. Since it’s a powder made directly from the leaves, almost all the nutrients remain fully intact.
Matcha is also packed with minerals and antioxidants like catechin and polyphenol. This means that just like green tea, it’s a metabolism booster! *happy dance* It also means that matcha can help fight off illness in the body and improve your overall health. These antioxidants also make matcha a major anti-inflammatory and have been associated with slowing the growth of cancer cells. And if you’re a caffeine addict, it will also give you a dose of that- again, more than your typical bag of green tea. It’s also been known to enhance your mood and help you feel at peace.
You can make your own matcha at home with powder, hot water and a special whisk- though I personally have never made it myself. But I’d like to try, so if you have any brand recs or at-home recipes you love, leave them in the comments below!
If you are local to or near San Diego, I highly recommend checking out Holy Matcha! Other than the fact that the shop is literally an Instagram feed’s heaven, they have a great variety of healthy matcha-based drinks that can help ease you into the flavor and getting used to matcha itself. My fave is the classic matcha latte with almond milk, but I’m dying to try the new Holy Glow latte. It’s infused with pearl powder, rose water and ashwagandha!
I’d love to hear what you think about this powerful green drink in the comment section!