Have a (Matcha) shot every day for greater health
When you drink green tea you drink an infusion. You get so many health benefits as a result – green tea is packed with antioxidants, specifically EGCG which evidence shows is effective in helping treat a variety of cancers (check out this Wikipedia page for source articles).
But you are still drinking an infusion. That means you’re missing out on all of the leaf. Matcha is green tea powder, it is the entire leaf ground up, so you are consuming the full leaf – and that means you are taking all of the goodness you can out of it, not just some like when drinking green tea.
In fact, this study shows that with Matcha you are getting 137 times greater than the amount of EGCG available from ‘China Green Tips’ green tea. And if you head over to the popular UK tea company TeaPigs’ website, it’ll tell you that you’ll also find sustained energy boosts from the drink (rather than the short peaks from coffee), that it will aid weight loss and also keep your skin healthy.
So it looks like Matcha is a pretty good drink to have each morning to keep your health in check. As a powder it is also pretty versatile, so you can make hot tea, iced tea, lattes, blend it into smoothies or – and this is my favourite – take it as a shot.
I’m not a big fan of the taste of green tea, I’ve become accustomed to it, but I still prefer to get the drink down my neck as fast as I can, which is why I opt for the shot. And it’s so simple to make…
You will need:
- Matcha – £25 for 30g at TeaPigs.com or around £10 for the same amount if you happen to have a local Japanese store.
- Shot glass – I’ve opted for a double shot glass to make whisking easier.
- Whisk – you’ll also notice in the photos below mine doesn’t whisk well, so I’ll be investing in an electronic one soon.
- Liquid – as in the drink you make the shot with. I use hazelnut milk, but you can go for cow’s milk, water, smoothie, juice… anything!
Check out these pictures for more, and leave a comment below if you’re going to give Matcha a go or have any tips of using the green stuff in other food and drinks.