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26 May, 2016
May 26, 2016
I’ve been a tea lover for such a long time. I never really got into coffee, as my dad is an avid tea drinker and so I’m sure it’s a habit I learned early on.
A topic that doesn’t get touched around here much is health. I believe in eating well and treating my body as healthy as I can (in between ice cream runs of course), but it’s something that seems so wildly covered anymore, I feel as though other corners of the internet cover health much better than I ever could.
That being said it seems almost impossible for me to ignore new health trends that crossover into the beauty world! And my newest find between the balance of the health and beauty worlds is – matcha tea.
I always feel as though I’m quite late to any trend bandwagon. I’m always so reluctant for change, so I was pleasantly surprised by how many friends questioned – what is matcha?
Matcha tea is simply powdered tea.
Rather than steeping your tea leaves, the leaves are ground up into a very fine powder and combined with boiling water. The cultivation of matcha is a bit different than the harvesting of traditional green tea leaves, as it involves a much more tedious harvesting process in Japan.
It’s no secret that teas have often been correlated to many beauty benefits. Our skin and bodies love antixoxidants and tea is rich with them.
The whole leaves ground up for matcha offer a more potent amount of nutrients as they are ingested, rather than simply soaked in water! I’ve seen studies claiming that they have up to 130 times the amount of antioxidants versus that of steeped green tea leaves. I have a feeling these numbers may be a bit high as matcha tea recently came into the spotlight and I find that people are always more generous to the benefits of the newest health craze.
Still, the benefits of matcha can reach beyond the numbers and is often used as an important part of mediation. The amount of caffeine is equivalent to that one of cup of coffee and even I’ve noticed the “awake calm” it can evoke. No jitteriness, just a present and alert mind.
Pumeli’s Matcha Tea Kit! I have talked about Pumeli products on here before, so I’m not too surprised that they are back again in the abp world. I’m beyond impressed with the quality and thoughtfulness put behind their products.
The kit comes with everything a matcha newbie needs – sifter, tea, scoop and ceramic tea bowl. Pumeli’s teas are always of the finest grade which is very important with matcha, as companies often mix it with cocoa powder or sugar to help retract some of it’s bitterness. Make sure the tea is organic a n d a vibrant green color.
I was a bit nervous to try it as some claimed how overly bitter it was, but I found it to taste just like a strong green tea. Though I’ve heard matcha mixes marvelously in smoothies for those that can’t quite handle it on it’s own.
The bamboo scoop seemed a bit odd to me at first, as it looks too small to do much good. But with matcha tea the powder can easily become too much for your drink , so really less is more and the scoop is designed to collect the perfect amount of powder.
Pumeli carries everything from this kit to simply the green tea powder itself. (They also have seriously gorgeous gift sets, but we will get to those later!)
I’ve even started to notice matcha making it’s way in more than just fresh cold brewed summer drinks and in some daily meals, like waffles.
However, too much matcha, like anything else, can be bad for you. Even organically grown the green tea leaves contain lead and while traditional green tea is steeped, the majority of the contaminant stays in the leaf. But with matcha the body digests the leaf entirely. So avoid “matcha madness” and keep it down to one cup of high quality match tea a day.
I love finding products that are good for my health and give my skin + mood a boost! Have you tried matcha? I would love to hear of some other recipes I need to try!
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