If trying to get through the day without multiple cups of coffee is a struggle (and gives you the shakes), making the switch to matcha could be a good call. We love our coffee here at LJ HQ. So, for me to trade in that delicious long black… it’s going to take some convincing! ????
I caught up with Kara Rosen Founder of Plenish, to see if her 5 reasons will convince me (and you!) to switch to the green stuff – well, at least sometimes ????
Originating from Japan, matcha is a powdered form of green tea that has been consumed for over 900 years. Today, this mystical green powder has made its debut across cafes and restaurants all over the globe, served in everything from lattes to cakes and pastries (and even Kit-Kats!).
So, what’s all the hype about? Here are my 5 reasons why you should break-up with coffee and try matcha.
A rich source of antioxidants
Just 1 cup of matcha provides at least three times as many antioxidants present in a cup of regular green tea. These antioxidants offer incredible anti-aging properties as they help to ward off skin diseases and also offer protection against harmful UV rays known to increase ageing and risks of cancer.
Cut out caffeine crashes
Our body absorbs the caffeine in matcha in a different way to regular coffee. While coffee increases blood flow and oxygen to our brain and tissues to increase alertness, this is a temporary effect and once it starts to wear off, your body will feel even more tired than before.
Matcha, on the other hand, contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which causes caffeine to be stored and released at a much slower pace. Plus, matcha contains roughly half the amount of caffeine than coffee. So an all-rounded winner if you’re looking to combat post-coffee jitters!
Boost your metabolism
It contains a powerful antioxidant called EGCG (epigallocatechin) touted to boost metabolism and encourage healthy weight management. The drink itself is earthy and subtly sweet taste, which means there’s no need to add excess sugar or cream.
Immune system support
Matcha’s incredible antioxidant content in the form of catechins provide unbeatable immune system support. It also offers anti-bacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal protection.
It contains L-theanine, an amino acid that helps to boost alpha waves in the brain, known to promote a calming effect for the mind and body.
TIP: How to Drink It
A kick-ass, effective way to incorporate matcha into your daily routine is simply by adding 1 teaspoon into a latte or blended into a smoothie with plant-based milk. To complement its full-bodied, grassy flavour, we’d recommend almond or oat milk.
My verdict: With all of these benefits I definitely want to give it a try. Will it replace my coffee 100%? ???? That’s a tough one… I’ll get back to you on that!
Have you switched coffee to matcha? Share your thoughts @lornajaneactive
- Try our Skin Brightening DIY Matcha Face Mask
- Snack on these Matcha Greenola Bars!
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Kara Rosen founded Plenish in the UK in 2012 after many years spent running on empty and becoming ill. Failed by traditional medicine, she began seeking out nutritional advice on how to replenish her body. She was blown away by the power of plant-fuelled nutrition to transform her health and, in the process, learned much about the huge toll that the modern diet heavy in meat, dairy and processed junk takes, not only on our bodies, but on the planet. She was inspired to create a company that does things differently – creating nutritious, delicious and unadulterated plant-fuelled products that are good for you and the planet.