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All About Matcha

 
Have you guys heard about matcha tea? It is the new and upcoming item in the health and nutrition industry. Research is still needed, but recently has shown many potential health benefits. Here is the 411 on matcha!
 
How is it different from regular tea?
Matcha leaves are made into a powder which makes it stronger than most loose-leaf tea bags. A little goes a long way!
 
What does it taste like?
Many say matcha tastes sweeter and creamier than regular tea. If you put too much powder, it may have a grassy taste to it.
 
What are the potential health benefits?
  • Can lower blood pressure. Catechins are an antioxidant found in matcha that have been shown to improve blood pressure.
  • Has cancer fighting properties. Polyphenols are another antioxidant found in matcha and other loose-leaf teas that may protect cells against cancer.
  • Helps with inflammation. The polyphenols have also been shown to ease conditions like arthritis. It may also help slow the breakdown of cartilage.
How can I incorporate matcha?
  • Make matcha into hot or cold teas.
  • Try matcha in hot or cold lattes.
  • Add to smoothies or protein shakes.
  • Sprinkle it on oatmeal.
  • Stir into Greek yogurt.
 
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Matcha Tea Smoothie
Servings: 1
 
Ingredients

1 teaspoon matcha tea powder
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1/4 small avocado
1 handful raw spinach
1 Tablespoon ground flaxseed
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon Justin’s cinnamon almond butter
ice 
 
 
Preparation
  
1Combine all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!
 
 
Serving Size: 1 smoothie 
 
 
Nutrition Information per Serving: 350 calories, 21 grams total fat, 5.4 grams of saturated fat, 25 grams carbohydrate, 16 grams fiber, 20.8 grams protein, 225 milligrams sodium, 1,900 milligrams potassium, 3.8 grams sugar