Nutrition

Matcha Is a Total Superfood - for Good Reason!

Jennifer Valdés - Ernährung
Matcha ist ein absolutes Superfood und lässt sich leicht vielfältig zubereiten
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THE VARIOUS WAYS TO PREPARE MATCHA TEA WILL ENCHANT YOU!

Matcha is a whole leaf green tea that originates in Japan. This ancient tea, goes all the way back to traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. But it never stopped being a part of modern life. In Japan, its unique qualities and taste are still loved and enjoyed by all sorts of people. Its fascinating history includes innumerable tales. Matcha became so famous, that it made its way to our far away supermarkets and households.

Matcha is an integral part of many beverage menus!

Matcha Latte or Matchacino are popular. I even tried a Matcha Chai recently - a very unusual combination! Matcha has a very strong taste, which can easily be distinguished from ordinary green tea. You will love or hate it. I definitely love it, and I hope you do too - otherwise, feel free to skip this article. ;)

How much does the exclusive green tea from Japan called matcha cost?

Like any trendy drink, matcha has its price. It starts at 15 euros for 30 grams of the fine green tea when you buy it online. Sometimes matcha is on offer, however, like this current sale on Amazon.

If you order a Matcha Latte in a cafe, you can expect to pay 5 Euro per drink, depending on the location. Let me explain why this is justified, and how you can prepare matcha yourself!

What is the difference between regular green tea and matcha?

It may surprise you, but green tea and matcha are cultivated from the same plants. The difference lies in the cultivation and processing methods. To make matcha, only the freshest of the tender leaf tips are harvested. They are air-dried and ground into fine powder. This used to be a process done by hand and in stone mills. Today, high-tech machines are used. This is mainly due to the higher demand from the West. Matcha can be prepared in many ways. This may seem strange to the Japanese, but we are happy about it!

How come matcha is so popular?

Matcha is not only delicious, it also has incredible health benefits. Packed with vital antioxidants, matcha is a real fountain of youth. To be precise, it has 100 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. Not only is matcha believed to aid cell renewal, it’s also a great pick-me-up. Unlike coffee, it doesn’t get your heart racing. Instead, it reduces the impact of stress. Matcha contains about 1/3 of the caffeine found in coffee, while improving your mood and giving you energy. This is also due to the aromatic scent and the great color of the trend beverage. You can enjoy the exclusive green tea in different ways.

So here are some great ideas on how to prepare matcha!

Preparing matcha is really easy!

To prepare a traditional bowl of matcha, you will need a tea bowl, a whisk (there are also typical matcha whisks) and a teaspoon (or check out a matcha preparation set). Begin with 2 oz of boiling water, and let it cool down to 80°C. Put 2 teaspoons of matcha into the bowl, then pour the warm water over the tea. Whisk vigorously until the powder has dissolved, and that’s it! You can now enjoy a traditional bowl of matcha tea.

If this sounds a little boring, and you’re up for something new, go ahead and try one of the following recipes I created for you!

Matcha Recipe #1: Matcha-Pear-Banana Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 pear
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • 200 ml almond milk

Preparation:

  1. Give washed, peeled and sliced fruit into the blender, add matcha, syrup, and milk, and blend for 1 minute.
  2. Pour in a big glass, jar or bowl, top it off with your favourite superfoods, fruits or nuts and enjoy!

Matcha Recipe #2: Matcha Chia Pudding

Chia Pudding is a great breakfast idea for those who don’t have much time in the morning, but still want to eat healthy. Chia pudding can be prepared the evening before, and then stored in the refrigerator without a problem.

Ingredients:

  • 200 ml almond milk
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1tsp agave syrup
  • 4 tbsp black or white chia seeds

Preparation:

  1. Pour the milk into a bowl, add matcha, chia, and syrup, and stir well. Let it rest for 5 minutes, and stir again to avoid clumps.
  2. Stir again after 10 Minutes until you have a creamy pudding. Let the chia pudding rest for another 5-10 minutes to soak.
  3. Serve the matcha chia pudding topped with fruits, nuts and superfoods.

Matcha Recipe #3: Matcha Brownies

Ingredients for the Matcha Brownies:

  • 150 g of dark chocolate
  • 250 g whole grain flour
  • 120 g of brown sugar
  • 120 ml coconut oil
  • 120 ml agave syrup
  • 50 g cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/3 tsp vanilla
  • a pinch of salt

Ingredients for the Matcha Cream:

  • 3 tbsp butter, melted
  • 1 tbsp matcha tea powder
  • 1 tbsp agave syrup
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1 cup powdered sugar

Preparation:

  1. Preheat the oven to 175°C.
  2. Mix flour, sugar, cocoa, vanilla, baking powder, soda, and salt. Add milk, oil, and syrup, blend well until all is combined - using a wooden spoon is best.
  3. Use a large knife to cut the chocolate into small chunks. Stir them into the dough.
  4. Put a backing sheet or parchment paper into your brownie tray, mine is 22x30cm, but a round tray for regular cake does the job, too. Pour the dough onto the tray.
  5. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes. Let the brownies cool out completely before you proceed with the cream. Don't remove them from the tray just yet, this also makes it easier to add the cream.
  6. Mix all ingredients for the cream with a clean spoon, and spread it over the cool brownies. You might want to sprinkle walnuts over it as I did. Put the brownies with the tray into your fridge, and let cool for at least an hour.
  7. When you are ready to serve the brownies, cut the dough into little squares. Voila!

Matcha Recipe #4: Matcha Yogurt Bowl

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of plain soy yogurt, I used Alpo Natural
  • 1 tsp matcha
  • 1 tsp agave syrup
  • toppings such as berries, walnuts, superfoods

Preparation:

  1. Give yogurt into a bowl, stir in matcha and syrup.
  2. Top off the matcha yogurt with berries, nuts, more fruits or superfoods.
  3. Enjoy!

You see, preparing matcha is easy!

I hope you enjoyed reading this article, and feel inspired to re-create these yummy recipes yourself! If you do so, post a picture and tag us, or leave a comment below!

I would love to know about your favourite ways to prepare matcha!

All the best,

Jen

You want more recipes, inspiration, and motivation? Check out my vegan recipes on 3dots.fitness or visit my own blog vegannomadlife.com! I would be happy to see you!

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