Why I Love Matcha
Happy Labor Day! I am writing this post from the car headed back to Atlanta from Panama City Beach. If you missed it, I spent the weekend in PCB for Gulf Coast Jam. I had never been before, but had so much fun and I actually went for work. Yeah, I got to spend a few days at the beach for a music festival and call it work!
I’ve been so busy lately with everyday life, work, and writing and have been in need of lots of caffeine lately, which I’m not upset about. I really love coffee. I was never a coffee drinker until I went to college and then I was all about espresso and iced vanilla lattes. I recently swapped my daily iced coffee for matcha lattes, that I make at home, of course, because I’m a DIY girl, and wow… I am hooked on matcha.
I first tried matcha at Starbucks and yeah, their iced matcha lattes are delicious, but it has a ton of sugar and is like $5 a cup, which I’m not for because hello… I don’t have the budget for that and I’m sure you understand. Not only did I realize how good matcha is, but it is also really good for you! I knew that I wanted to try to swap a daily coffee for some matcha, but I had to get my hands on it myself and do a little DIY work.
Basically, I use this matcha from Thrive Market. I put a teaspoon of the matcha powder in a cup with almond milk and little agave to sweeten it up, then I whisk it together to get it all mixed. I add ice, pop in my reusable straw, and voila… I’ve got a delicious iced matcha latte.
I’m all about getting your greens and matcha is a delicious way to get some greens in your body. Matcha is green tea leaves that have been ground into a fine powder, so you’re basically drinking tea leaves. It has caffeine and it is just enough to get your day going and doesn’t make you crash like coffee or espresso sometimes will. It’s also full of antioxidants and is high in a catechin called EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is believed to have cancer-fighting effects on the body. Matcha is also good for your liver, enhances brain function, and helps with weight loss. It is important to get an organic, high-quality matcha powder. It won’t be cheap, but to reap all its benefits, you need to make sure you’re getting quality matcha.
Have you ever had matcha? What’s your favorite matcha recipe? I’d love for you to share it in a comment!