Not-Your-Average Matcha

Matcha is a magical thing.

Not only is it delicious, but it’s health benefits exceed the satisfaction of the “matcha trend.” Matcha is rich in antioxidants, gives your metabolism a hug, and provides natural enduring energy. This isn’t a trend; it’s something I try to incorporate into my diet as a regular substitution for coffee. (Don’t get me wrong, ya girl loves her coffee too.) So, what’s actually the difference between matcha and green tea?

Matcha is young green tea leaves ground up into a fine powder. This is how I can explain matcha in comparison to steeped green tea: drinking steeped green tea is like steaming a vegetable and just drinking the water used to steam. There are still benefits to drinking that water, but not in comparison to eating the vegetable itself. Not the most appetizing comparison, but you get the point. Green tea alone still holds many health benefits, but matcha is a more dense source of the same benefits.

There are 3(ish) grades of matcha powder: there is ceremonial grade matcha, culinary matcha, and green tea powder. Ceremonial grade is a more high-end, delicate matcha. It is usually used for special occasions, like Japanese tea ceremonies, whereas culinary grade matcha is less expensive and has a wider range of uses. I recommend getting culinary matcha because it’s cheaper, more diverse, and still tastes great. Don’t get green tea powder if you’re wanting matcha because they’re not the same. I’m not a matcha expert, so here’s a good resource to learn more about matcha and what grade works for you.

I’ve been making some dank matcha recipes as of late. My secret is Apothékary dietary supplements. They’re a holistic wellness company that produces all-natural supplements to assist you with bodily imbalances, such as hormonal, gut, stress-induced complications, etc. Personally, since I have a garlic intolerance and garlic is nearly in everything, I’ve had my fair share of gut imbalance. I’ve been using the You Gut This set for a few weeks now and I genuinely feel a difference in my energy and, let’s be honest, my poops have been great. I also got the Cherry Blossom Beauty Duo because frankly, I love natural self-care remedies and trying new things! Broke the bank a bit… I got excited, OK? I regret nothing.

Anyway, Apothékary products are the secret to my matcha recipe. I used the Haters Say It’s Photoshopped, Follow Your Gut, and Slay All Day. Slay All Day already has Japanese Matcha incorporated into the mixture, so I just add a little to my normal dose of culinary matcha. This combination fuels me with natural energy and health from the inside out. Check out their products and their testimonials and see if their products are right for you!

Here’s the recipe to my matcha latte:

  • 1 heaping tsp of culinary grade matcha (here’s what I used)
  • 1 tsp of Haters Say It’s Photoshopped
  • 1 tsp of Follow Your Gut
  • 1 tsp of Slay All Day
  • 1 packet of Stevia, 1 tsp of honey, or some sugah!
  • 1/4-1/2 cup of oat milk

Directions:

  1. Heat water to 170°.
  2. Add dry ingredients to your mug of choice.
  3. Once water is ready, add enough just to cover the dry ingredients. Blend well with your matcha whisk.
  4. Once well-mixed, add more water and your honey, sugar, or stevia, whichever you like.
  5. If you have a hand milk frother, microwave your oat milk for 30-40 seconds, froth your milk, and add it to the mixture. If you have an electric milk frother, like Nespresso, no need to microwave.

Enjoy and listen closely to your needs today 🌼

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