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The Benefits of Matcha

What Is Matcha?

Originally a traditional tea from Japan, matcha has now become hugely popular in the West, with matcha lattes establishing themselves as a firm favourite on many coffee shop menus. But what actually is matcha powder and how is it made? When green tea leaves are being grown, they're shaded from the sun for the last couple of weeks of their growth to increase their chlorophyll content (which is why matcha is so green!), before they're stone-ground to produce a fine powder.

At Neat Nutrition, our Matcha Green Tea Powder is certified organic, made from premium quality tencha tea leaves and is shade grown for the highest quality ceremonial matcha.

Neat Nutrition Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder | Neat Nutrition. Clean, Simple, No-Nonsense.

 

What Are The Benefits?

The biggest health benefit of matcha is that it’s rich in natural antioxidants called catechins. This powerful antioxidant has been linked to fighting cancer as well as various viruses.

It’s a lot more concentrated than your average cup of green tea – and has as many antioxidants as 10 cups of regular green tea! It’s great for detoxifying effectively and naturally by helping to flush out metals and chemicals from the body. In general, matcha green tea can help you to feel more calm and relaxed and can enhance your mood. It also aids concentration, making it an awesome coffee alternative for when you need mental focus without the jittery feeling.

 

What Can You Do With It?

Although it has a distinct flavour, matcha is actually a very versatile ingredient! Of course, you can keep things simple by mixing it with water for a soothing cup of tea or just adding frothed milk for a creamy matcha latte (which we definitely recommend if you’re at the Neat Café!). But you can also add it to shakes, protein balls or even baked desserts – whatever you fancy! Here’s 3 tasty matcha recipes to get your creative juices flowing…

 

Matcha & Chocolate Chip Flapjacks 

Matcha and Chocolate Chip Flapjacks | Neat Nutrition. Clean, Simple, No-Nonsense.

 Find the recipe, here. 

 

Pineapple & Matcha Smoothie 

Pineapple and Matcha Smoothie | Neat Nutrition. Clean, Simple, No-Nonsense.

Find the recipe, here.

 

Game, Set & Matcha Protein Balls

Game, Set & Matcha Protein Balls | Neat Nutrition. Clean, Simple, No-Nonsense.

Find the recipe, here.