Next time that mid-afternoon slump hits, might we suggest sipping on matcha (instead of another cup of coffee)?
Used in Japanese tea ceremonies for centuries, it's just now gaining buzz stateside for its countless health benefits and versatility. Here's what you need to know:
What is it? Matcha is the fine powder of green tea leaves. The leaves are steamed and dried, then ground into an easily dissolvable, dust-like substance.
Why should you drink it? Green tea is great for you, but a cup contains only the nutrients from the brewed leaves. Experts say the nutrients and antioxidants found in one cup of matcha are equivalent to those in ten cups of green tea. The benefits are seemingly endless--from elevated metabolism to improved cholesterol--and the non-jittery, no-crash energy boost doesn't hurt either.
How should you prepare it? Matcha is crazy-versatile. Drink it mixed with water for a simple, easy cup of tea or blend with steamed milk for a creamy latte. You can also get creative in the kitchen, using matcha in everything from cakes to stir fry to ice cream.