Jan 31, 2013

What You Need to Know About Matcha Tea

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Matcha is not your grandmother’s tea. Whether you are an avid tea drinker or a casual sipper, you are likely aware that traditional tea is created by placing leaves -- often contained -- in hot water, creating an infusion. Matcha tea, which can be obtained in a high quality form through Steeped Tea, provides an array of health benefits in a tasty manner by stepping outside the tea bag, so to speak. :)

What It Is

With matcha, the leaves are not discarded once the tea is made, but rather, the leaves are ingested as part of the beverage. It is created by grinding the leaves into an extremely fine powder that boasts a vibrant green hue. The leaves are procured from plants that have been shaded for about three weeks, which results in more flavorful leaves being produced. These are hand-picked, steamed, and dried, as well as deveined along with the removal of stems. Once dried, the leaves are ground.

Benefits of Drinking Matcha

The benefits of matcha are plentiful, but it is its antioxidant properties that are most often touted. These help protect against cancers, heart disease, and general aging issues. Matcha tea provides a small amount of other nutrients and studies have shown it to also be a metabolism booster. Due to the fact the entire leaf is ingested, the drink packs more of a nutrient-rich punch than its traditional steeped tea counterpart.

Caffeine
The potency of the tea does not stop with its antioxidants. A single cup also provides approximately three times the amount of caffeine as you would get from a serving of traditional green tea. However, the pick-me-up that comes along with this beverage is less likely to make you fidgety than other forms of caffeine as it also produces a non-drowsy, relaxing effect.

Matcha is not as easily found as traditional leaves, but it can be ordered through Steeped Tea with an array of flavors available, and created with premium ingredients.


Jan 4, 2013

6 Delicious Ways to Enjoy Matcha Tea

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The health benefits of matcha tea are many, which is why so many different people are looking for delicious recipes. Adding this green powder to your life can help give you more energy, reduce stress, lower cholesterol and, according to some, reduce your likelihood of cancer. Because matcha is a concentrated green tea, you need to find matcha recipes that you can enjoy. Here are a few matcha powder recipes to help you start incorporating this healthy powder in your life:


Recipe and photo from
www.honestandtruly.com
Baked Goods Are you looking for a healthy twist on cupcakes and carrot cake? By adding matcha, you can do just that. You can make a matcha buttercream icing to put on your cupcakes. This will help turn a no-no snack into a yes-yes snack! You will likely notice an increase in energy and a few of the other benefits of matcha tea powder.

Breakfast Matcha is a great way to start off your morning too. You can brew the powder for a classic matcha tea or you can add the tea powder to yogurt or breakfast smoothies. If you’re looking for a hearty breakfast, consider the Smashed Green Goddess on Toast from the Steeped Tea recipe blog. This yummy breakfast gives you kale, grainy bread, avocado, eggs and matcha in the morning. This and the other wonderful matcha recipes will help you get your morning started off right. Drinks Drinking matcha is the obvious route, however you don’t have to just have the regular tea. You can make mojitos, lemonade and a fun slush. Even the plain tea can be enjoyed hot or cold. You can do so much to enjoy the health benefits of matcha tea while also enjoying great taste. Main Meals You can even find matcha recipes for main meals. Whether you want to make a Tea-Crusted Chicken or just sprinkle it on your salads, there are some great ways to enjoy this tasty tea. Eating healthy does not have to mean you can’t enjoy your food.

Recipe & Photo from recipes.steepedtea.com
Side Dishes
Another great idea is to try Matcha Rice or a dressing for your side salad. This type of recipe will still ensure that you enjoy the health benefits of matcha tea while getting a wide range of food.

Snacks
For many people, snacking is a vice. If you can’t help but snack, you can make smart snacking choices. You can make Matcha Bark, Spicy Matcha Popcorn, Matcha Yogurt Snack Sticks and even Vanilla Matcha Ice Cream. One great thing about snacking on matcha is that it will help you want to eat less. Matcha tea recipes are as endless as your imagination if you’re willing to try something new. The thing about any matcha powder recipes is that you will be able to enjoy a tasty treat or meal while eating something packed with antioxidants. The health benefits of matcha tea include lots of fiber, high level of antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, metabolism boost, boost to immune system, added energy, reduced stress and so much more. Hop on the matcha train by adding it to your drinks and other delicious recipes.

Jan 1, 2013

3 Healthy Benefits of a Matcha Powder Latte

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By now, most people have heard of the health benefits that green tea provides. If you have been missing the benefits because you don’t take time to brew tea, a green tea matcha latte might be the answer. Matcha is created by covering the green tea leaves with shade cloths before harvesting. Once they are harvested, the leaves are steamed in order to stop the fermentation process, aged in cold storage, and then ground into a fine powder. Matcha offers several benefits.

It Makes You Healthier

Matcha powder contains polyphenols, a powerful antioxidant that has been found to offer several health benefits for some people. For some drinkers, matcha regulates blood sugar, protects against heart disease and reduces blood pressure. The caffeine content helps to improve focus, but since it is not as potent as coffee, it usually doesn’t cause anxiety or sleep issues.

You Get More Nutrients

Matcha powder allows you to reap more of the benefits from green tea. When you drink traditional green tea, you’re just sipping water that the leaves has been soaked in. When you throw the leaves away, you also throw away many of the vitamins and minerals. Since matcha powder is the entire leaf, you won’t be throwing out any of the nutrients when you drink a green tea matcha latte.

It Tastes Great

Perhaps one of the most important benefits of a matcha latte is the taste and consistency. When mixed with your choice of milk or other ingredients, the powder creates a creamy texture. Add a bit of nutmeg, cinnamon or other flavoring and you probably won’t even remember you’re drinking something that’s healthy for you.

Research has shown the benefits of a matcha latte are different for everyone. Still, even if you don’t end up with a better metabolism, there’s no reason you can’t still enjoy a creamy, frothy green tea matcha latte. Cathy Plotnick, The ParTea Lady, is an independent consultant for Steeped Tea, and can help you get started with high quality matcha. Contact her today!