Matcha has become my new favorite ingredients in my morning protein shake. Why might you ask? Because it is better than coffee - it gives you a caffeine boost with out giving you the caffeine "shakes". I mean seriously, I know red-bull gives you wings, but matcha green tea makes your flight smoother and longer sailing without all the chemical side effects. Matcha also: *improves mental alertness *increases calmness and reduces stress *lowers blood pressure *is a powerful 'anti-aging' activity due to super-charged antioxidants *minimizes symptoms of PMS *acts as a strong blood cleanser/detoxifier and alkalyzer due to high chlorophyll content *stabilizes blood sugar levels
Matcha powered green tea not only has these powerful therapeutic effects on the body, but it is approximately 10X stronger than regular brewed green tea. I discovered this stuff when I was on my Teavana kick. ( if you are a tea lover check out www.teavana.com)
A little Matcha goes a very long way. I use about 1/10 of a teaspoon in my morning shakes. (oh yeah, if I am not working out I will add Matcha to a fruit shake if I am going to need a energy boost for that day). Because you only need to use such a small amount of Matcha green tea, the shakes I make don't ever have a green tea taste to them. I recommend you only drink Matcha in the morning.