Dear Living Well Daily Reader,
“What the heck is that? A swamp latte?”
Last week, I started drinking a new morning beverage.
If you’re a longtime reader of Living Well Daily, then you probably know I’m an avid coffee drinker. But for the last few days, I’ve been reconsidering my morning ritual.
You see, since trying out this new nutrient-packed and tasty tea, I’ve been feeling focused, energized and productive, though I must say its odd appearance does make for lots of office commentary — mainly folks referring to it as a swamp latte.
However, this drink is so rich in flavor and offers so many health benefits that I will continue to drink at least one cup a day a no matter what my co-workers call it. Plus, it’s absolutely delicious!
From Ancient Ceremonies to Your Cup
It’s called matcha.
And it’s not your typical tea.
Matcha is a special kind of tea that originates from Japan and has been served during ceremonies for thousands of years. Unlike typical teas that are made of steeped leaves, matcha is made from finely ground green tea leaves and is more like a thick latte than a watery tea.
To prepare matcha, you simply pour hot water over the powder and blend. You can do this with either a traditional bamboo whisk or an electric milk frother (I prefer the frother). Once fully blended and frothed, the tea looks like a bright-green latte and has the consistency of high-end espresso. It tastes a lot like blended green veggies with just a hint of sweetness and is very satisfying.
Creating a perfectly blended cup of Breakaway Blend 98.
But its appearance and taste, while both are interesting, aren’t what make matcha so remarkable. Instead, matcha’s incredible health benefits are what really set it apart.
Curb Cancer and Boost Your Brain
Since matcha powder is much more concentrated than regular tea leaves, its health powers are amplified. In fact, matcha has roughly 20 times the amount of naturally occurring antioxidants and amino acids of regular green tea.
Not to mention it contains huge amounts of EGCG. This flavonoid is a powerful antioxidant and can protect you from free radicals that can wreak havoc on your body and even cause cancer. EGCG has been the focus of many cancer studies that have shown it to be a powerful anti-cancer agent. Some of these studies prove that EGCG may also help protect you from certain radiations that can ignite cancer development.
But EGCG isn’t the only health-boosting compound in matcha — it’s also rich in caffeine and L-theanine. L-theanine is an amino acid that’s naturally found in matcha and can help stimulate chemicals in your brain that block stress messages, increase feelings of calm and boost your alertness and overall well-being.
When L-theanine is combined with caffeine, it can extend caffeine’s productive effects and almost erase the jittery and anxious feelings that coffee can sometimes cause. And I can testify to this nutrient combo’s amazing concentration powers.
After just a few days a drinking matcha, I’ve felt more productive, my thinking seems clearer and I’ve been able to remember details that would otherwise slip my mind. Not to mention my energy and productivity are off the charts!
I’m not saying I’m quitting coffee forever, but adding a cup of health-boosting, tasty matcha to my daily routine is a no-brainer!
One brand I really like is Breakaway Matcha. They offer both hot and cold brew matcha powders. I’ve tried both and found them to be delicious, though my favorite is their Blend 98. It’s rich, grassy and slightly sweet. This special blend comes from an exclusive matcha co-op in Ujitawara, Kyoto.
You can discover more about Breakaway Matcha and the amazing benefits of their products by clicking here.
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Managing editor, Living Well Daily