You have heard about the green tea revolution and want to get on board. The only problem is, you don’t know how to embrace it.
In a world obsessed with coffee, it may seem a little difficult to bring matcha tea into your life. But it needn’t be. Even the busiest person can enjoy the health benefits. And that includes those strange people who don’t like green tea!
Here’s how to get into the green tea habit:
Tea is not coffee. It demands to be treated with respect. Ancient cultures did not slurp a mochaccino on the go. They brewed tea with dignity and patience.
Although you might not be performing the Japanese Tea Ritual in your living room or office, you can still treat tea with the proper accordance it deserves.
We suggest you make time, even if this is only ten minutes, to properly brew, steep and prepare a decent pot or cup of green tea.
Set aside a small part of your day to enjoy the benefits and goodness of the Camellia sinensis plant (tea, to me and you) and reap the benefits of the mental calm that it will bring you.
Start The Day With Green Tea
Now take a deep breath and try not to panic when we tell you this; you don’t need coffee in the morning to feel awake. There is another way to kick start your day and feel energized and that way is green tea or even matcha green tea, if you are feeling adventurous.
We know for a lot of people, their morning coffee is sacrosanct, but before you get frightened off the idea of ditching your beloved coffee, look at what green tea could offer you instead.
Green tea contains lower caffeine levels than coffee and also a substance called L-theanine. This is an amino acid which helps bring about a state of calm. This means when the caffeine in the matcha or green tea hits, it won’t induce total panic, like coffee can do – but you still feel wonderfully awake!
Anti anxiety is not the only advantage that L theanine brings, there are others, including sharper memory and potential cancer fighting properties. All another reason to stick the kettle on and make another brew!
Make Other Green Tea Drinks
Don’t like the taste of green tea? No problem. You can incorporate green tea into your diet in other drinks.
These include making a matcha green tea latte.
If you’re not keen on anything so milky (other milks may be used other than dairy and some people love almond with matcha) there is also the option of an ice cold Pique matcha tea.
This may be made easily the night before and left to chill in the fridge, so you have the perfect ice cold tea in the morning. This definitely works best for hot days and the summer, but some people like it all year round!
If this doesn’t grab you, what about a delicious green tea cocktail, this may be made with vodka, orange liqueur and lime juice – just don’t forget the green tea part!
Cook With Green Tea
Making other beverages with green tea and green matcha tea are just the tip of the iceberg. There are a vast collection of recipes that utilize both green and matcha tea within them. These range from soups, to curries and desserts.
For those of you with a sweet tooth, you might want to check out any one of the millions of free matcha and green tea cake recipes on the internet – tip, it works particularly well with white chocolate for an indulgent treat!
As you can see, green tea is not just for drinking or consuming as a hot drink. Hopefully now you can see a way to make green tea a part of your new, healthier lifestyle!