The green powder – Matcha

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A few months ago I tried my first sip of matcha. I did not like it but as I started experimenting with it I grew fonder of this green tea. I tried it as a latte, smoothie, and mixed it with other teas. Today I love matcha! I love the strong bitterness, vegetal, grass-like taste (weird I know ha) but I think what makes me like it even more is the health benefits of matcha and you dont need to drink it by itself you can change it up.

Lets get scientific:

The benifits of the tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent to 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. Antioxidants are naturally occurring chemical compounds that prevent aging and chronic diseases.

Firstly, matcha is packed with exponentially more antioxidants according to the latest innovation in antioxidant research. They discovered that matcha possesses an amazing twenty times more so than pomegranates or blueberries and matcha’s absorbance capacity is extremely higher than anything else.

One of the health benefits that caught my eye and so many people around the world is that matcha also contains the antioxidants known as catechins. Catechins antioxidants counteract the effects of free radicals cells from the likes of aging, pollution, UV rays, radiation, and chemicals, which can lead to cell and DNA damage. A daily matcha regimen can help restore and preserve the bodys integral well-being and balance. Matcha is also a great energy booster (bodybuilders drink it before workouts), calorie burner and many many more!

Over a thousand years ago, matcha came to Japan as an aid to meditation practice. During long hours of sitting, monks would drink matcha to remain alert yet calm. Modern science has recently confirmed the lessons of centuries of tradition. Matcha is rich in L-Theanine, a rare amino acid that actually promotes a state of relaxation and well-being by acting upon the brains functioning.

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I purchased my own matcha and bamboo whisk how I can consume it everyday not only the days im in work. I recommend getting the whisk as it gives it a frothy coating which makes it more smoother and there wont be any chunks. It’s great having your own as you don’t have to have it as a tea. You can sprinkle it over your cereal in the morning and make smoothies with it. You can even use it to make your own ice cream and cakes. The list is endless with matcha because its a powder you can have it with anything. I personally thinks it goes well with anything nutty, fruity or chocolaty. One of my favourites is having it with one of our new teas – White chocolate peppermint.

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While I was in work yesterday I made myself a Coco Caramel Sea Salt, matcha iced latte. Go to your nearest Teavana store and experiment. Look at all the benifits of matcha!! You will find your own perfect way to have matcha, I did! 🙂

White Chocolate Peppermint

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So working in Teavana is exciting especially when you recieve new teas! There is so many seasonal teas now – Pumpkin spiced bruleè, Spiced apple cider and Orange chocolate spice which are all lovely by the way but one of the new teas ‘White Chocolate Peppermint’ is by far my favourite seasonal tea.

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It is a Rooibos which is a red bush from South Africa. It has a balancing peppermint flavour with both white and dark chocolate pieces to infuse a decedent, yet calorie and caffeine free rooibos blend. Its blended with the highest quality long-cut red rooibos that gives the overall blend an elevated taste of natural carmel-like sweetness.

When you first taste it you get this warm chocolaty taste and then the refreshing peppermint comes in. You brew this for 5 mins. For every 8oz of water use 1.5 tsp. I use 3-4 tsp for my big mug and a dash of milk to make it more creamy.

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Its one of my favourite flavoured teas we have. I recently filled my red tin with this beautiful tea. The beauty of rooibos and herbal teas is that theres no caffeine in them so you can drink them right before bedtime! This is a perfect gift for someone for Christmas. Go and get some, you wont be disappointed. What you smell is what you get in Teavana I can promise you that! 🙂

http://www.teavana.com/the-teas/rooibos-teas/p/white-chocolate-peppermint-rooibos-tea

Jem x