Mad For Matcha!

Recently I visited Japan with my family (awesome country!) and while in Kyoto, we took part in a traditional tea ceremony.  It’s a super elaborate ritual, which has been part of the Japanese culture for centuries, and we loved it.  A gracious and beautiful tradition, it involves the preparation and presentation of matcha, a powdered green tea.  Matcha is made from high quality leaves, which are very carefully harvested and produced, resulting in its unique flavor and numerous health benefits.

 During our visit, we noticed that matcha green tea was served everywhere we went.  When we got back to the USA, I missed Japan and the special tea ceremony we took part in – but that didn’t stop me!  I may lack the kimono and ceremonial flourishes, but I’m mad for matcha and I’ve been preparing it myself, right in the comforts of my own home!

 Here’s what you should know about the glories of matcha green tea – and why you should start getting into it, too:

 Loaded with antioxidants

One serving of matcha is like having 10 cups of regular brewed green tea!  That's because, when we drink matcha, we’re drinking the entire leaf, which means we’re receiving 100% of the nutrients.  And of course we know that all those antioxidants it has help prevent aging and chronic diseases!

 Aids in weight loss

I have your attention now – and it’s true!  Due to its high concentration of the antioxidant catechin, matcha green tea helps boost our metabolism and burn calories, more than any other tea out there, green or otherwise!


Put down that mug:  coffee has competition!  Matcha is a great at providing energy, but without those jitters so many of us get from drinking coffee because it has half the caffeine.  Less caffeine but more energizing?  Order me that matcha latte stat!

 Supports our immune systems

Matcha contains vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium – all effective in help fighting off viral, bacterial, and fungal infections.


Buddhist monks use matcha as a health elixir and drink it before meditation, so we know it can soothe, as well as invigorate.  Basically matcha tea calms the mind and relaxes the body, but at the same time provides us with mental acuity and energy.

 OK, now that I’ve captured your interest, let’s review how to obtain – and make – this amazing tea!

 For starters, you can drink matcha on its own as part of your daily routine or simply add it to a smoothie or latte.  It’s readily available and sold in markets like Whole Foods.  To make it the traditional way (which is my favorite way of drinking it), simply take 1-2 teaspoons of matcha and add hot water to it.  Next whisk the powder in a “W” shape until you foam forms at the top (approximately 30 seconds).  Then sip… and enjoy!

 Matcha is trendy right now, but I know it’s here to stay – give it a try and let me know what you think. 

How do you take your matcha?