BY Ceres Organics
Ready in 15 minutes | Serves 2
If you’re new to matcha, the literal translation is ultra finely ground ‘powered tea’. Matcha is sweeter than steeped green tea, and because it’s the entire leaf, the antioxidants are more concentrated, making it more super compared to other green teas.
ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) is a method of measuring antioxidant capacity. So, the higher the ORAC value, the greater the antioxidant powers. Matcha has an ORAC value of 168,500/100g, so to put this in perspective, açaí berries have an ORAC value of 102,700.
Unlike traditional green tea, matcha green tea, in addition to their antioxidant content are also super high in chlorophyll which gives matcha a vibrant green colour. Matcha is also a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
A 2011 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that green tea beverages or extracts resulted in significant reductions in LDL cholesterol and triglyceride levels. LDL is the bad cholesterol that causes cardiovascular disease.
A study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that matcha green tea extracts rich in catechins has thermogenic properties that promotes fat oxidation. Other studies have also found that matcha can increase resting metabolic rate, helping the body burn more fat.
Matcha even though it might cost a bit more than other green teas, you don’t need as much to get all the benefits. Some studies reckon that as little as 1 teaspoon of matcha is the same as drinking up to 10 cups of other green tea. Make your smoothies a bit more super and throw in a teaspoon or two of matcha green tea powder.
Certified organic matcha has been grown without any chemical fertilisers, herbicides or pesticides and you should be able to find it at most health food stores. By choosing certified foods, you’re eating positively, not just for your own health and wellbeing, but the health and wellbeing of others and supporting a more sustainable environment.
Add your frozen almond milk cubes, and matcha powder to your blender and blend until completely smooth, you don’t want any matcha lumps in here! Add filtered water as required if the mixture is too thick and your blender can’t blend it.
Divide the matcha milk between two glasses, add the ice cubes and pour over the coconut milk. Enjoy!