Recently I was asked to try matcha tea and specifically a 14 matcha challenge.
Teapigs sent me a variety of matcha goodies, and as a big green tea fan already I knew I’d be able to incorporate it into my daily routine.
If you aren’t sure what matcha is then let me explain;
In a nutshell, it is Green Tea in its most pure and concentrated form, so one cup of Matcha tea is like drinking 10 cups of regular green tea.
The goodness in green tea (and its more intense cousin matcha) comes from the chlorophyll in the green tea leaves which is full of antioxidants. Matcha is also proven to increase energy levels and help clearer thinking- you can read more about the benefits HERE.
I started the challenge after my weekend in Berlin, that Monday I certainly needed some kind of boost let me tell you! I was incredibly tired and had really low energy levels, I couldn’t get anything done.
I went for the matcha latte recipe (included in my pack) made with almond milk. At first I really wasn’t sure I could drink the whole thing, but I added half a teaspoon of honey and a sprinkle of cinnamon to sweeten it a little, and it was much nicer!
My, “go to” way of taking matcha each day soon became this latte, and I began to look forward to it more each day.
The first few days of being on the challenge I found myself really hungry. I’m unsure if this was to do with the matcha (supposedly can increase metabolism) or it was just the fact I was refueling after my trip and was due on my period.
Other ways I can recommend drinking the matcha are as a shot in fresh orange juice and in one of the pre prepared cartons- I had an elderflower one. Both these ways are a quicker way of getting the green stuff into your body if you aren’t keen on the taste.
So what did I think, what are the results?
Well I like it. I’m still drinking it- not everyday, but I do notice it on the days I don’t have it. I think that is what made me realise it was making a difference. On the days I don’t have it I’m less, “on the ball”, my thoughts can be jumbled.
On the days I do have it I seem to be able to focus better and I’m more productive.
I find coffee can make me a bit jittery and my thoughts can wizz by without me actually getting anything done so its great to have this as an alternative to a coffee and still get that focus,energy and refreshment.