Matcha is a fine green powder with many physical and mental health benefits. This is why matcha has taken the world by storm, and so many people are swapping their morning drinks for matcha.
Matcha is also a resilient ingredient that can be enjoyed in many healthy ways. Imagine coming home after an epic run and eating a stack of matcha pancakes!
The more choices of matcha available, the more ways we can get matcha into our systems and enjoy its health benefits.
This guide will take a closer look at the different types of matcha. Hopefully, you will get a few good ideas for your next matcha meal or drink.
We also review the differences between regular matcha and matcha supplements like Be More Matcha.
Let's get started with the ever-popular matcha tea.
What is matcha tea?
A tea that comes from the Camellia Sinensis Plant.
Why should I drink matcha tea?
Matcha has a significant amount of health benefits.
Chill Out: Matcha Tea
Matcha and Green Tea come from the same plant (Camellia Sinensis). However, the process of growing matcha is different.
To produce matcha, the plants are shielded from sunlight and are grown in the shade. This process can last between 20 to 30 days before it is time to harvest.
During the harvesting process, the leaves are ground into a fine texture powder (a vibrant green color). This powder is known as matcha and is used to prepare matcha tea.
Why Are People Drinking Matcha Tea?
Traditional matcha tea has a distinct taste. Matcha is an acquired taste that many people prefer over regular green tea. While matcha may come from the same tea plant as green tea, its shade-grown process allows matcha to maintain a higher level of nutrients, antioxidants, and caffeine.
Matcha is packed with antioxidants like epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a powerful catechin that boosts metabolism to promote weight loss. L-theanine is another popular antioxidant that promotes mood, relaxation, and focus.
Drinking a cup or two of matcha tea daily will help you realize some of these benefits. However, if you are looking for faster and more powerful results, you should consider matcha supplements.
What are matcha supplements?
A supplement that is made up of gym-enhancing formula and organic matcha.
Why should I take matcha supplements?
Matcha supplements combine the performance benefits of a gym supplement with the health benefits of matcha.
Game On: Matcha Supplements
Matcha comes from the Camellia Sinensis Plant. The process includes growing the plant in the shade before grinding it into green matcha powder.
People drink matcha because of its ingredients and health benefits, namely:
- Nootropics like L-theanine improve cognitive performance and mood.
- Caffeine for an energy increase and improved mental focus.
- Catechins that boost metabolism and promote weight loss.
These are some of the benefits of drinking matcha. On their own, the benefits of matcha are impressive. However, mixing matcha with performance supplements will take things to the next level!
Be More Matcha
Our very own blend of matcha and gym performance-enhancing supplements like L-citrulline offer the benefits of matcha and the explosive energy of a pre-workout.
The caffeine from matcha offers an impressive energy boost. In addition, the L-citrulline content helps increase blood flow. When combined, the energy and blood flow boost will deliver a massive pump in the gym.
Be More Matcha as a supplement is ideal for people that need an extra energy boost in the gym. The L-theanine content remains intact in the Be More Matcha supplement and helps regulate the caffeine content, improving focus and mood.
L-theanine, L-citrulline, and caffeine equals big energy and focus without the jitters you get from pre-workouts or coffee.
Other Matcha Supplements
You will need to drink a supplement like Be More Matcha to experience the above-mentioned health and gym workout benefits. Alternatively, you can drink matcha tea along with a pre-workout.
Unfortunately, you may not experience the same results as you would if you drank Be More Matcha.
Another alternative matcha supplement is matcha capsules. These supplements offer the benefits of matcha in pill form.
This is ideal for people who want a quick matcha fix without preparing and drinking a cup of matcha.
Each matcha supplement contains its own unique blend of ingredients that serve a different purpose. For example, the supplements pictured above are advertised as ‘Natural Brain Boosters.’
What is a matcha latte?
A tea latte - similar to a regular coffee latte. Matcha is used instead of an espresso.
Why should I drink a matcha latte?
A matcha latte is made with steamed milk and green matcha powder. People that enjoy regular matcha can treat themselves to a rich tasty matcha latte that has a familiar taste.
Guilty Pleasures: Matcha Latte
Some people prefer black coffee - they just want to taste the coffee. Others like a bit of milk in their Americano or cappuccinos - they prefer the sweeter tasting blend of coffee and milk.
Then some Lattes comprise over 60% textured milk, 20% espresso, and 20% foam. This makes for a sweet, milky caffeinated drink that many consider a guilty pleasure.
People who wish to indulge further will drink flavored lattes with chocolate sticks in them.
Tea drinkers have also taken to lattes by replacing the espresso with tea. Some people make a mean tea latte that tastes incredible. So, what if we used matcha instead of espresso in a latte?
Do You Take Your Matcha Latte Hot or Cold?
If you love the taste of matcha, then you will enjoy a matcha latte, especially over a regular latte. Coffee shops are beginning to stock matcha lattes. Hopefully, your favorite coffee shop will stock a matcha latte that you can try out for yourself.
If you can't find a place to drink matcha latte, you can try to make it home. Take your favorite matcha powder and mix it with hot, frothed milk and water.
OK, it might not be that easy! Take a look at the recipe below for a better idea of how to make your matcha:
Now you can enjoy the benefits of matcha in the form of a delicious latte. If you wish to do so on a hot summer day, then you can get creative and experiment with an iced latte.
Here’s a recipe for iced matcha latte:
Matcha Latte, All Day, Everyday!
Is it ok to drink matcha lattes daily?
A regular latte has about 120 calories. Some lattes go up to 200 calories. This might not be much more than regular cappuccinos, but potentially enough to cause some changes to your body if drunk regularly.
EatThis,NotThat! has an excellent piece on what your body can experience if you drink lattes daily. Here is a summary of their findings:
- Digestive issues
- An increase in fat consumption
- Slowing down weight loss
Not everyone may experience these effects as our bodies and diets differ from each other. If you are trying to kickstart a healthier lifestyle with matcha, then lattes everyday might not be the way.
Perhaps you could consume matcha supplements for the most part and a matcha latte or two on your cheat day?
Another way of consuming matcha is through the food you eat. More on that in the next section.
What are matcha meals?
Matcha powder mixed with your meals. Eg. Matcha noodles or matcha oats.
Why should eat matcha meals?
Regular noodles may have little nutritional value. Adding matcha powder to the meal can add value to the meal because of the health benefits of matcha.
Yummy, Yummy, Matcha in my Tummy!
Matcha teas, supplements, and lattes are great to enjoy as drinks. But what if we included matcha in our meals?
People just can't get enough of matcha, which is why there have been so many experiments of people throwing matcha powder into their food. Some of the results have been quite spectacular!
Here are a few examples of meals that people are adding matcha to:
- Oatmeal or a bowl of granola with matcha
- Pancakes (spinach and matcha pancakes pictured above)
- Ice cream
- Chocolate brownies
- Pancake muffins
The EGCG content in matcha can effectively stop the growth of fat cells while also boosting metabolism. This allows matcha to activate the body’s fat-burning process, helping you burn those extra calories.
Adding matcha to your meals will help you to increase your matcha intake and enjoy the benefits associated with matcha. Mixing matcha into healthy meals can also increase the nutritional value of the meal.
Just imagine having a healthy bowl of granola or oatmeal mixed with matcha after an epic morning workout.
TL;DR: The Different Types of Matcha
Matcha is a fine green powder that comes from the plant of green tea. The difference is that matcha is grown in the shade and maintains its antioxidants and amino acids. This makes matcha a beneficial drink for people seeking out physical and mental health benefits.
Matcha is also resilient in that it can be consumed in a magnitude of ways (apart from drinking it hot). People consume matcha in pill form, as a supplement, or as a hot (or cold) milky drink. Some people go as far as dropping matcha powder into their food!
So, why experiment with consuming matcha in so many different ways? It's because of the nutritional value and health benefits of matcha. Adding matcha to as many things you consume will help you enjoy these amazing health benefits.
We hope you enjoyed this guide and continue to experiment with matcha. What is your favorite kind of matcha? Let us know in the comments.