The benefits of Matcha

One of the best things about being a trainer (or client!!) at Hilliard Studio Method is that you will always hear about the latest in health and wellness first. Something that we started carrying a few months ago is matcha. When Liz and Clary started talking about this slow burn energy that lasted all day (and all the other one million benefits it has to offer), I knew I had to try it!

Matcha (A Japanese tea leaf powder) is green tea, yes, but also no. When you order a green tea, what you are getting is hot water infused with parts of the leaf. When you consume matcha, you are literally ingesting the whole leaf. There are different grades of the powder, with the lesser grades being used for blending, and the finer grades used for sipping. It is part of the Japanese tea ceremony,  and has been for hundreds of years. It's still used by Buddhist monks to keep them awake and focused during meditation.

If the taste of green tea doesn't do it for you, here's a lit of benefits that may make you tell your taste buds otherwise:

1: Clear, calm mind -Matcha is full of the amino acid L-Theanine  -5 times more than regular green tea, because it's  grown in the shade.  This calming neurotransmitter has been said to put you in a good mood by triggering the brain’s alpha waves, resulting in a feeling of calmness. But don't think you'll be sleepy all day, because ...

2: All day, zero crash energy - I don't know what's better than being calmly alert and awake. Even though matcha does contain caffeine, it doesn't give you the jitters and headachey crash that coffee can since it contains so much of the L-Theanine.

3: Cancer fighting- Matcha is super full of antioxidants called catechins. The most powerful catechin found in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is believed to be a powerful anti-carcinogen. Click here to read more on Living Qi. A 2003 University of Colorado study confirmed that drinking 1 cup of matcha green tea has 137 times the amount of antioxidant EGCG compared to a conventional cup of green tea.

4: Speaking of Antioxidants, how about some Anti-Aging: Antioxidants are thought to help in the defense of your body- everything from preventing aging, fighting chronic diseases, and inflammation. Green tea has long been looked at as a great source of antioxidants, but matcha much much more!! According to Matcha Source, one of the locales in the world where people live the longest is Okinawa, Japan. The Okinawan people's longevity has been partly attributed to regular consumption of Matcha Green Tea.

 

smoothieIf you STILL can't handle the taste, here's my version of a modified, green, matcha Hilliard Studio Method Signature Smoothie - you won't even taste the green tea flavor!

¼ avocado Juice of 1 lime

1/2 tsp Matcha Maiden  2 scoops Tera's Vanilla Whey protein powder (rBGH Free vanilla, organic plain, or goat whey) (***I like the goat whey and it has a teeny bit more proetin) 1 scoop Catie’s Organic Greens powder 1 scoop Catie’s Organic Vitamin C Plus powder 1 tbsp chia seeds 1 cup ice 2/3 cup of water

So enjoy that deliciousness and all the energy and focus and health that goes along with it!!