Matcha, the finely ground green tea powder with its deep roots in Japanese culture, has been gaining popularity worldwide in the past couple of years for its unique flavour and numerous health benefits. So, if you’re looking for not only a flavourful and healthy addition to your daily routine but also a delicious and calming small routine for some me-time, why not give matcha tea a try to be a part of your everyday life? We know you thought about it before, didn’t you? Well, to help you decide, we’ve collected five reasons, why you should try it at least once. Compelling reasons, of course. Because we already are fans.
- It’s Packed with Antioxidants
Matcha is loaded with antioxidants, particularly catechins, which help protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Oof, what a sentence! Free radicals are molecules that are produced in your body as a byproduct of your normal metabolism - so by breaking down food. But they also pop up after exposure to toxins such as tobacco smoke, radiation, or UV light, for example. They are linked to several chronic health problems, but, well, the antioxidants are the tiny superheroes fighting them.
- It Promotes Relaxation and Stress Reduction
Despite its caffeine content, matcha has a calming effect thanks to the L-theanine it contains. This amino acid helps relax the mind and reduce stress without causing drowsiness. So, enjoying a warm cup of matcha can be an excellent way to unwind and find a moment of tranquillity in your busy day.
- A Moment of Calm
Speaking of tranquillity – finding moments of mindfulness in our fast-paced world can sometimes be quite challenging. Preparing and saving a bowl of matcha, however, can serve as a wonderful daily ritual – a brief respite from the demands of daily life. The focused preparation of the brew, with its deliberate and precise motions, needs you to be fully engaged in the process, paying close attention to the texture and frothiness you’re creating. A great gateway to some mindfulness and relaxation, before enjoying what you’ve created!
- Aesthetic Pleasure
Well, this one is easy: it just looks amazing. Doesn’t it? Matcha is just visually captivating. Its vibrant green hue, whether as tea or an ingredient in culinary creations, adds an incredible element of aesthetic pleasure to your daily routine. The beautiful froth that forms when whisking matcha is not only delicious but also visually appealing – making it an artful and enjoyable experience, that will stand out at the end of your day.
- Matcha’s Sheer Diversity
Speaking of culinary creations: while matcha is mostly known for its traditional tea preparations, the culinary diversity extends far beyond the teacup, however. It can be used for everything from sweet treats like matcha-flavoured ice cream, cookies, chocolate, or dessert – to savoury surprises like noodles, risotto, sauces, and dressings. Just a sprinkle can transform a dish by adding depth and complexity. Just have a little search on your favourite recipe page, and you’ll be surprised! Personally, we just love making matcha madeleines. They’re the best. Actually, if someone asks for us, we’re just going to be in the kitchen really quick…