Guest post Julia Park, Co-founder of Chasen + Stone
Winding down from the holidays? -parties, travel, indulging! I know I am. That is why in MY 2018 I look forward to reuniting with my routine, clean eating, and positive change
With so many food options to incorporate into your healthy diet, here’s why you should focus on one to make the biggest impact – Matcha.
FIRST, what is Matcha?
Matcha is green tea. All green tea comes from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis. The difference between the thousands of varieties of tea comes down to 3 things:
- Where and how it’s grown
- How it’s dried and
- How it’s processed
“Matcha is special in that it is shade grown the last 4 weeks before it is harvested. This forces the plant to increase its chlorophyll, antioxidant and amino acid content. With Matcha, the whole leaf is consumed rather than steeped, like tea or coffee.”
Wild bluberries are known for its high antioxidant content. Yet, per gram, Matcha blows wild blueberries antioxidant levels 14 times over! What does this mean? Incorporating Matcha to your mornings means tons of nutrition and anti-aging properties for glowing skin and a healthy body.
CATECHINS (EGCG, EGC, ECG, EC)
- Mitigate oxidative damage
- Fight free radicals
- Inhibit tumor development
- Activate detox enzymes
Matcha is extremely high in chlorophyll. Chlorophyll matters because it is an effective detoxifier. It’s impossible to feel great when your body, cells and organs are filled with toxins, chemicals, and heavy metals. In our modern lives, we’re hit with toxins from all sides – the water we drink, the air we breathe, the pesticides in our food. Detoxing your cells allows your body to take in the nutrients you’re feeding it.
CAFFEINE + L-THEANINE
Matcha is rich in l-theanine, which means all the high energy and focus without the jitters. There’s also an amino acid in Matcha that releases caffeine over time rather than all at once. Combined with increased dopamine and Gaba in the brain, Matcha provides alert energy that lasts.
EASY TO INCORPORATE
Traditionally, all you need is Matcha, water, and a whisk. If you’re trying Matcha for the first time, the easiest way to incorporate it into your life is to use kitchen tools you already have. Add 1-2 tsp to your blender along with almond milk. Try stirring Matcha into canned coconut milk – it takes a minute of whisking with a fork. And if you have clumps, that’s okay too. Pay attention to how you feel. Not enough? Add another teaspoon. Once you’ve been converted and crave how it tastes and makes you feel, go out and upgrade to a Chasen whisk and a Chawan bowl. You can find one online or at a specialty tea store. Everyone should try making Matcha at home the traditional way.