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Mind Over Matcha: A Love Affair with Green Tea

By Natalie Carraneja

Mind Over Matcha: A Love Affair with Green Tea
Matcha lattes, matcha cookies, matcha everything. This glorious green tea has been buzzing around the health and wellness industry for sometime now.

For me, the love affair with matcha tea began about 3 years ago. It was a time when I was struggling with anxiety & insecurity. My lifestyle needed to change and so did my diet.

My mind needed some serious TLC and as I started to clean up my diet I made the decision I needed to make changes to what I was drinking.

 Coffee vs Matcha

Coffee was a major trigger for my day to day anxiety. It’s delicious, don’t get me wrong, but the caffeine content had me feeling jittery & scattered. I was lacking focus, clarity & calmness. We often set our sights on changing up what we eat when it comes to moving towards a healthier lifestyle but we tend to forget about what we are drinking. It all matters!

Coffee can contain up to 200mg of caffeine, sometimes even more (especially if you love that quad shot americano, like I used to!). It raises your heart beat, blood pressure & even stomach acid output! Putting your body through this regularly can be detrimental to your health and especially not great for anxiety sufferers.

Coffee can also inhibit the absorption of calcium. We know this mineral is necessary for healthy bones & teeth, but it is also a vital mineral needed to support our nervous system. In fact calcium helps to activate an enzyme system know as choline acetylase (3), which in turn helps to create acetylcholine, an extremely important neurotransmitter. As you can imagine the more coffee we drink, the more in interferes with the communication between our cells! Not ideal for those with anxiety or a lot of stress on their plate.

Matcha on the other hand has some amazing system supportive qualities.

Matcha is the ground up green tea leaf. Instead of steeping your water through a tea bag, you are consuming the whole leaf. This means we are gaining a boat load of nutrients including the catechins which are really powerful antioxidants studied for their anti cancer effects. But there’s another reason I started drinking this green goodness…

Recently science has discovered matcha contains the very rare yet powerful amino acid, L-theanine which promotes rest & relaxation. You see when we are very stressed or anxious, our body produces beta waves which trigger our state of excitement or can make us feel really uncomfortable and frustrated (which is exactly how my anxiety made me feel). L-theanine actually helps us to produce alpha waves (1), and these guys promote a state of relaxation AND alertness.

Furthermore the combination of caffeine and l-theanine gives us the ability to focus and concentrate without that jittery feeling that coffee can give us. (2)

So when it comes to anxiety & stress management being mindful about what we put into our bodies is key! Switch it up, after all, matcha is the new coffee!

CITRUS MATCHA

Ingredients:

1 tsp Lets Matcha premium grade powder

1 cup water

Juice of ½ lemon

Lots of ice

Method: SHAKE IT UP!! (Or blend it…) Enjoy on a summers day <3

BIO: Natalie is a holistic nutritionist & wellness coach who helps women struggling with anxiety, stress & worry. After spending many years battling herself, Natalie discovered holistic ways to keep her own symptoms at bay. This is has led to her now run a heart centred coaching business, providing busy women with their own tools to move through their internal struggles. Visit her website or follow along in her facebook community or instagram.

  1. https://www.liebertpub.com/doi/pdf/10.1089/10762800151125092
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28899506
  3. Staying Healthy With Nutrition - Elson M. Haas - 21st Century Edition

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Matcha Lover's Club - Our Facebook Community

By Eric Brinkman

Matcha Lover's Club - Our Facebook Community
How do rare matcha recipes sound? What about interviews with different matcha industry folks? Did we see access to special deals as well? Yes we did! 

We've finally released our Facebook group to the public, which is so exciting for us! You can expect all of the features above, plus more. The Matcha Lover's Club was founded to share and explore the more unknown elements of matcha. We'll be posting recipes for matcha soups, cocktails, matcha fried rice, smoothies, savoury matcha meat dishes etc. Our plan is to break open your understanding of matcha powder and how it can benefit your life with regular daily use. 

Head on over to the Matcha Lover's Club and join now. Looking forward to seeing you there with the rest of our matcha community.

Join by clicking here.


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Matcha: A Hangover Cure

By Eric Brinkman

Matcha: A Hangover Cure
Did you know drinking matcha can slow down the negative effects of drinking alcohol?

Green tea, or matcha, is very high in antioxidants—predominantly a kick ass one called epigallocatechin. This protects the liver from damage due to booze. Not only do these antioxidants counter oxidative stress that weaken liver function, it also helps speed detoxification of alcoholic compounds from the body. What a useful tool!
 
The short-term effect is no hangover (Awesome!!) and the long-term benefit is less fat gain around your core.

There are many bars serving matcha in cocktails, which I think is really cool! What a great way to make your patrons enjoy the moment, without hating the morning after. But be warned, for green tea to work really well, you need to drink roughly 5 cups a day. If that's too much, you can also take supplements. We've been suggested to take 500mg a day.

Reference

Chen, K., Li, P., et al. Depression by a Green Tea Extract of Alcohol-Induced Oxidative Stress and Lipogenesis in Rat Liver. Bioscience, Biotechnology and Biochemistry. November 2011. 75(9), 1668-1676.

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Mochi Matcha Brownies Anyone? This Recipe Takes No Time At All!

By Team Matcha

Mochi Matcha Brownies Anyone? This Recipe Takes No Time At All!
Matcha and chocolate are magical together. These matcha mochi brownies will stun family and friends at your next gathering.

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Matcha, White Chocolate and Macadamia Cookies - Oh My!

By Eric Brinkman

Matcha, White Chocolate and Macadamia Cookies - Oh My!

 

Warmer weather means social gatherings, especially potluck dinners. If you know me, I always bring easy to prep dishes, like roasted veggies, or salads, but this year I'm challenging myself to be the dessert guy. Here's a great recipe for my current favourite cookies. Enjoy and let us know what you think in the comments :)

Ingredients 

  • 1 3/4 cups plus 2 tablespoons (9 ounces) all purpose flour or chickpea flour
  •  1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon matcha tea powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons Earth Balance ( Vegan Butter ) at room temperature
  • 1 cup Coconut Sugar, tightly packed
  • 2 large eggs 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups dark chocolate chips
  • 1 cup roasted macadamia nuts
Instructions

1. In a medium bowl, whisk together 1 3/4 cups, plus 2 tablespoons of all-purpose flour, 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon Matcha tea powder, 1 teaspoon baking soda and 1 teaspoon kosher salt. Set aside.

2. In the bowl of a freestanding electric mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, combine 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, 1 cup light brown sugar, and 2/3 cup granulated sugar. Beat on low speed for a minute or so until just combined, before turning the mixer up to medium-high. Continue beating until light and fluffy, at least 5 minutes.

3. In the bowl of a liquid measuring cup, gently whisk together 2 large eggs and 1 teaspoon vanilla extract. Lower the mixer to medium speed and alternately add the dry ingredients (from the 1st step) and the egg and vanilla mixture in batches. Continue beating until the batter is smooth, before stopping and scraping down the sides of the bowl with a rubber spatula.

4. Turn the mixer back on to its lowest speed. Add 2 cups white chocolate chips one cup at a time, mixing for 30 seconds after each addition. Add 1 cup roasted macadamia nuts and mix until just combined. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and chill in the refrigerator for 1 hour.

5. Position the oven rack in the centre of the oven and preheat the oven to 350 (F). Line several baking sheets with parchment paper or Silpat mats.

6. Use 3 tablespoon cookie dough scoop to scoop the dough onto the lined baking sheets, spacing the cookies at least 3 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes, or until slightly golden on the edges. Let the cookies cool on the baking sheets on wire racks for 10 minutes, before using an offset spatula to transfer the cookies on to a wire rack to cool completely.

If you want to make your own matcha cookies, order and use the discount code Cookie10 for 20% off.



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Your Favourite Summer Cocktail Awaits! Matcha, Aloe Vera Juice, and Watermelon.

By Team Matcha

Your Favourite Summer Cocktail Awaits! Matcha, Aloe Vera Juice, and Watermelon.

Since it's getting warmer, we've gathered  flavours we associate with Spring/Summer, for a special recipe. What are those flavours? Well, aloe vera juice and watermelon, and do they go well with matcha? Absolutely! 

World class cocktails take creativity, but not necessarily a lot of prep. Walking into this recipe, I thought it might take an hour, but it required 25 minutes. If you ask me, that's definitely worth it. Enjoy the recipe below, and leave a comment if you get to try it at your next bbq!

fresh pressed watermelon juice

List of Ingredients: ( Serves 10 )  

 3 x mini watermelons
 1.5 litre of aloe vera juice
 4 heaping table spoons of matcha
 1 bag of ice
 1 bag of mint

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Gear:
Blender
2 litre jar (used old pickle ja                         
Cocktail glasses

 

  1. Blend and remove seeds. You should have a nice puree left once done.
  2. Chill the puree in your fridge for 1hr
  3. Mix matcha with aloe vera juice
  4. Shake vigorously
  5. Add 1 shot of vodka or gin
  6. Pour matcha infused aloe vera over ice.
  7. Add watermelon puree till almost full
  8. Garnish with mint or basil
  9. Serve 

 

                             
 

 

 

 

 

 

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Delicious Matcha Green Tea Doughnut Recipe

By Eric Brinkman

Delicious Matcha Green Tea Doughnut Recipe

With the rise of artisan doughnuts in 2016, we decided to share our own recipe with you. Nothing beats sharing a doughnut with a friend over matcha. Now you can skip going to the cafe, the lineup, and save money at the same time. Read more below!

Ingredients
1 1/4 cup flour
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
(optional)
2/3 cup oil (I used vegetable)
1/2 cup buttermilk
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon white vinegar
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
Instructions

1.In a bowl combine all the dry ingredients (first 5 listed above).
2.In another bowl combine all the wet ingredients (the last 5 listed above).
3.Pour the wet ingredients in the bowl with the dry and mix until just combined.
4.Fill greased donut pan 2/3 full with batter and bake at 350°F for 12-14 minutes.
5.For the glaze, whisk together 2 cups powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder and 1/4 cup boiling water.
6. Dip the cooled donuts in the glaze and allow them to set before serving.
7. These are best the day they are baked. But if you have leftovers, be sure to save them in a sealed container, so the cake doesn't dry out.

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Chronic Pain? Matcha Can Help With That!

By Eric Brinkman

Chronic Pain? Matcha Can Help With That!

If you're any bit like me, you spend the weekends or evenings doing your best to enjoy life's offerings in the outdoors! Often, long hours on a bike, snowboard, or even just your feet are deemed taxing for the human body. Are sore muscles, sore feet, bad back a common pain in your ass? Well, guess what! Matcha can help you recover from these sorts of pains. 

For the longest time, I stood by the core principles of matcha, like weight-loss and energy. However, I hadn't studied much of its anti-inflammatory qualities. Recently, we received a call from a customer requesting matcha for his bad back pain. I asked him more about his story, and he had a serious car accident 5 months prior. The gentleman mentioned had tried everything, but only matcha had really helped his back. Now, it is part of his daily routine, and he can't live without it. For a similar story, read here.

I've outlined the two major reasons matcha can help with inflammation below:

1) The EGCGs in Matcha inhibit the activation of white blood cells, making Matcha a promising anti-inflammatory substance.

2) These EGCGs contain a compound that block the production of cells that can damage bone.


 

 

 

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