New Year's Sidekicks: Four reasons to drink matcha
They say it takes about two weeks to start forming a habit and two more for it to really stick. If you've been diligent until now, your New Year's resolution is almost ingrained. If you're anything like us, it might be time to try our resolution booster: Matcha.
Matcha is a powdered green tea that holds a special place in Japanese culture. Its harvest is central to the Way of Tea, a traditional Japanese ceremony that has roots in Zen Buddhism. Several weeks prior to picking, farmers shade their tea bushes to inhibit growth and encourage the production of amino acids. After the leaves turn dark green, tea buds are hand selected and laid flat to dry. The leaves are de-veined, de-stemmed, and ground into a bright green powder.
When the matcha is finally ready, family and friends come together for special tea gatherings. Because the fresh matcha powder is combined directly with water rather than brewed in a bag, it passes on all the benefits of the nutrient-rich tea leaf.
What does this have to do with your New Year's pact? Matcha is loaded with compounds that can help you on your quest to keep almost any resolution. Here's how matcha can support some common goals:
Improve your health
Matcha is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet. Just one cup contains ten times the nutritional value of a cup of regular green tea. The drink contains vitamin A and C, selenium, chromium, zinc, potassium and magnesium, and has been shown to help fight cancer, reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and battle bacteria and infection. Our Pure Matcha has a sweet, vegetal taste but is sugar free, so it's a great option for those trying to reduce sugar consumption.
Matcha is packed with L-Theanine, an amino acid that acts as a mood enhancer, reducing stress and relaxing the mind. There's up to five times more L-Theanine in matcha than in most black and green teas.
Sharpen your focus
For centuries Buddhist monks have used matcha to help them stay focused for hours of meditation. Unlike coffee, matcha has tannins that release caffeine to the bloodstream over 6 to 8 hours, allowing for extended periods of alertness without the jitters.
Matcha has 137 times the amount of metabolism boosting EGCG antioxidants as regular green tea. A recent study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that matcha increases energy expenditure and helps your body burn fat without producing negative side effects or significantly altering your heart rate.
There are several ways to enjoy Matcha at the Teahouse:
Pure Matcha that can be consumed in the traditional manner, mixed with hot water, or in a latte with your choice of regular, soy, rice, almond or coconut milk.
Sweet Matcha, for Matcha lovers with a sweet tooth.
Ginger Matcha for those who want to spice up their Matcha with ginger root.
White Chocolate Matcha for the many who believe everything tastes better with chocolate.
Swing by The Teahouse this week and refresh your resolutions with a cup of our famous matcha. Also, make sure to enter our Facebook contest for three gift certificates to The Teahouse. You could start your year with $100 worth of Matcha!