I’ve long been a convert to the temple of matcha. It’s one of those things people associate with me: oh, it’s something to do with cats, Soundgarden, spandex, atheism, animals or green stuff in a glass? Must be Emy! I have matcha whisks and blending bowls at work and at home, and I have to explain on the daily what the eff I’m drinking, because it literally looks like that time my betta fish, Sushi, died and I left him in his bowl for two months anyway.
And while I love the taste of plain ol’ matcha with water or on ice, I can understand how, to some people, it might also taste like the aforementioned bad scene (sorry, Sushi). Luckily for you, you can spare your tastebuds while still reaping the various benefits of this highly concentrated green tea: many brands and companies offer lightly flavored options (check out David’s Tea’s Matcha Shop for mint, vanilla and mocha options, along with an arsenal of matcha gear to simplify getting your daily fix!).
Before I give you a rundown of what these wonderful benefits you’ve likely heard everyone buzz about are, let me give you the tackiest but probably most widely useful of them all: hangover cure!
No joke: a cool glass of matcha (ideally imbibed via straw) will settle your stomach, clear your head and pep you right up, physically and mentally almost immediately.
If caffeine is your (guilty) jam and you’re trying to cut back or kick it altogether, matcha will legit change your world. Imagine, if a cup of regular green tea gives you a kick, how much a couple of teaspoons of matcha – finely ground green tea leaves – will boost your energy! I’ve been guilty recently of going hard on my daily iced americanos, but I know that it only serves to give me gut rot, a late afternoon crash, anxiety and trouble sleeping. Matcha is consequence-free on all of those counts.
Another bonus: antioxidants and detoxification properties are through the roof. Green tea ranks highest on the ORAC scale (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), which is pretty impressive, although there is much debate over the bioavailability of these antioxidants. The powder’s bright green coloring pretty blatantly speaks to its chlorophyll content – helpful in detoxification.
This stuff is wildly versatile in the ways you can prepare it, too. Aside from obvious beverages, you can incorporate it into baked goods (um, have you tried green tea Pocky?!), smoothies, salads and even soups!
Check out this great recipe for Thai Coconut Matcha Soup, courtesy of David’s Tea!
• 1 medium onion, chopped
• 1 medium white potato, peeled & chopped
• 3 cloves of garlic, minced
• 1 heaped tsp of fresh ginger
• Pinch of cayenne pepper
• Pinch of ground black pepper
• 1 tsp of sriracha
• 5 cups of packed kale
• 2 cups of vegetable broth
• 2 cups of Coco Lemon Thai tea, steeped strong
• 2 perfect matcha spoons of matcha
• 1 cup of loosely packed parsley
• 1⁄2 tsp of dried cilantro
• 1 can of coconut milk
1. In a medium pot, saute onion and potato in a splash of water. Cook for about 8 minutes, stirring occasionally and adding water as needed to keep the vegetables from sticking.
2. Stir in the garlic, ginger, cayenne, sriracha and black pepper and stir for another 2 minutes.
3. Stir in kale and cook for 1-2 minutes, then add vegetable broth and steeped tea. Bring soup to a boil then reduce to a simmer and cover for 30 minutes.
4. Stir in cilantro, parsley and matcha. Let the soup cool slightly.
5. Using an immersion blender, blend the soup until silky smooth.
6. Return soup to heat and stir in coconut milk.
7. Gently heat to warm through and serve!
Drop by any David’s Tea location to stock up on the good stuff and start experimenting!