Have you ever had a cup of coffee that gives you the perfect amount of even keel energy that’s free of erratic foot shaking, finger drumming and mindless rambling about your reason for liking Cocoa Puffs over Cocoa Pebbles (hello, they don’t get soggy 5 seconds after adding milk)? Coffee that just seems to effortlessly lift you up for a pleasant, perspiration-less extended period of time and then gently places you down like a slow drifting cloud once it’s wondrous effects leave your system? No? That’s because that cup of coffee is a unicorn.
Believe me when I say that I love coffee and the time we spend together. It’s rich, nutty flavor and the crazy energy that comes with it are near and dear to my heart. That was before I met Matcha.
I love trying new, healthy alternatives and sharing results so when I started hearing/reading more and more positive feedback on Matcha and it’s side effects (or lack thereof), I had to order a Matcha Green Tea (ceremonial grade) set so I could try it!
First, you assess the materials, then you read the instructions carefully. Ceremonial grade matcha powder is not cheap so I was treating everything super carefully. Before your first use: soak the special, cool bamboo whisk in cold water for up to 3 minutes: check!
Dry your bowl, and by using a measuring spoon, scoop out the precise amount needed for the perfect cup of matcha. Tap out the powder with your fun whisk to remove any clumps, then add your hot water (not boiling) and whisk in a W M zig zag motion until it froths on the top like so:
Then, simply “sip up and zen out.”
It may sound like a lot of hoops to jump through but the benefits are worth the 3 (at most) minutes it takes to make this little bowl of awesome. If you feel like you need a more visual/descriptive step by step on how to make the perfect cup of matcha, watch the video below!
Check out the many perks of Matcha from the peeps at Panatea:
Matcha contains a wealth of antioxidants, amino acids, chlorophyll, and other vitamins and nutrients. Depending on the variety and preparation of a steeped tea, only 10-20% of the nutrients are consumed, while 100% are consumed when drinking matcha. Matcha is therefore a nutritional powerhouse with tremendous benefits: 100% pure leaf = 100% nutrition + 100% natural energy.
Matcha is rich in antioxidants. As the body’s cleanup crew, antioxidants provide protection from harmful free radicals, which are the molecules responsible for aging, tissue damage and even some inflammatory diseases. Antioxidants are also known to increase metabolism, control blood sugar and lower cholesterol.
Oxygen radical absorbance capacity, or ORAC, is a method of measuring antioxidant capacities. The ORAC value of PANATEA’s ceremonial grade matcha, on a per gram basis, is 1384. ask.co To put this into perspective, our matcha has over 14 times the antioxidant activity of wild blueberries on a per gram basis. As you can see in this chart, our matcha has more antioxidant activity on a per gram basis than ALL of the other popular antioxidant-rich foods listed here, combined!
Orac* Comparison between Panatea Ceremonial Grade Matcha and other popular antioxidant-rich foods. (On a per gram basis)
*Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity
Source: Journal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry, Lipophillic and Hydrophillic Antioxidant Capacities of Common Foods in the United States.
Oh yeah, and matcha is sugar-free and virtually calorie-free (less than 3 calories per serving)!
Sustained & Focused Energy
Matcha contains a large number of important amino acids. L-theanine in particular is an amino acid that stimulates the production of alpha wave activity in the brain, resulting in a state of calm alertness. This duality of L-Theanine naturally promotes relaxation while heightening concentration. The amino acid is also known to reduce anxiety and enhance mood. When combined in matcha, L-Theanine and caffeine work together to produce a sustained and focused energy, lasting up to six hours. It’s no wonder Buddhist monks have historically used matcha before meditation, and samurai warriors before battle!
Additionally, as matcha is digested, the caffeine molecules bind to more stable larger molecules, like catechins. This binding slows the breakdown of caffeine in the bloodstream and therefore counteracts the usual negative side effects of caffeine. No jitter. No crash. And no cortisol production.
Metabolism & Weight Loss
Matcha is full of catechins, which are a super class of antioxidant that help fight bacteria and infections. One specific catechin in matcha is especially known to boost metabolism. It’s called the EGCG catechin, or epigallocatechin gallate. In fact, the concentration of EGCG in matcha is 137 times greater than your average green tea. In addition, caffeine is known to have a synergistic effect with the catechins in matcha to further increase metabolism. Fortunately though, there is not enough caffeine in matcha to promote production and excretion of cortisol, the body’s stress and fat storage hormone.
Matcha’s lush color is due to its abundant chlorophyll, which is known to be a natural detoxifier. Chlorophyll increases the blood’s capacity to deliver oxygen and other nutrients to cells within the body. It therefore regenerates and cleanses the body at the molecular and cellular levels. Matcha also contains dietary fiber, a detoxifying agent that controls blood sugar and appetite, as well as eases digestion.
I am currently on day 2 and my 3rd serving of Matcha and I have to say, while I do feel the lift in energy, I am not talking everyone’s ear off in the office and I feel super calm and at ease. Zenergized is the only way to describe it. I’m planning on making this a weekday habit for sure! Can’t give up my cuppa joe 24/7 365 but Monday through Friday, me and my double walled bowl of green, frothy goodness will be a match(a) made in heaven. OMMMMMM