Tea powder. It tastes like leaves, because it is.
Matcha Tea is from the tea plant Camellia Sensis. The leaf of this plant is what is harvested and consumed. There are many different stages of fermentation that tea is used to produce a variety of flavors, white, red, green or oolong. Matcha tea is made from green tea leaves, finely ground into powder. The difference here is that typically you steep tea and drink the liquid. But with matcha you consume the whole leaf/leaves.
So, if you think it tastes like leaves, that’s because it is! It is basically consuming the full leaf or eating the leaves from inside tea bag.
By consuming the whole leaf or plant with matcha, the benefits far supersede the benefits of drinking only the liquid.
- The plant offers a vast amount of antioxidants called catechins, that are known for their power in fighting off cell damage to reduce and prevent chronic disease.
- Packed with Vitamin C, it is known to stimulate collagen production and Vitamin B to help promote healthy skin turnover.
- More energy without the jitters! Matcha tea often provides you with more caffeine than comparable beverages but does not leave you with the side effects. L-theanine, is an amino acid that is found in match and may help reduce stress and increase neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain.
Best preparation method is to mix with warm water, not boiling for about 30 seconds to fully dissolve the tea crystals. A small whisk works best. Add your favorite healthy sweetener (maple syrup, honey or date syrup) and top off with your milk of choice for a matcha latte. I personally felt positive effects from just under two weeks of switching to this beverage. This is definitely a #dietitianapproved beverage.