Health, nutrition and gym have become a worldwide trend and you’re not in the “it” crowd unless you’re a fitness freak. The fitness lifestyle has brought many new foods and nutritional trends to life, and also resurrected old favorites, with new twists.
A current world sensation is green tea and matcha, a finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea leaves, mainly from Japan. The herbal powder was originally used in Japanese traditional ceremonies, and comes from tea bushes which are covered for 20 days. The shade boosts the chlorophyll in the plants which accounts for the rich green color. Protection from sunlight also increases the levels of the amino acid L-Theanin, and it also contains catechins, antioxidants which help fight cancer cells.
Matcha can be used as a brewed tea, iced teas, infused with frappes and smoothies. For a snack rich in protein, you can soak hard-boiled eggs in a mixture of brewed matcha and soy sauce for a few days. The more you soak them, the more they absorb the rich flavors. You can also fuse some matcha powder with bittersweet chocolate to dip fruits and snacks in.
Matcha can also be used in cooking and will give your meal a nice aroma, flavor and a touch of the powders nutrients. Steep several green tea bags in hot water, and add a little honey, salt, and pepper. You can use the mixture to marinade pieces of beef, poultry, tofu or veggies, and barbecue away. Or pour some green tea in a steamer instead of pure water when steam cooking chicken. The tea will fight cholesterol stored in the chicken and leave aroma and flavor.
Matcha’s benefits are not limited to food and drinks only, you can also use it as a toner and facial scrub for radiant and healthy skin.