Sparkling Matcha Green Tea

 

One of my most favourite refreshing summer drinks!

If you like Matcha green tea you will love this. 

Facts about Matcha

Matcha is a specially grown, high grade green tea that is ground into a fine powder and has been a staple ingredient in Japanese tea ceremonies since the 12th century. Matcha. Like all true teas, matcha comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant. The difference between green tea and matcha starts on the farm it’s harvested on. Before harvesting, the leave are covered from direct sunlight. This process slows down the growth and turns the leaves a darker green this increases the chlorophyll but also causes the production of amino acids such as L-theanine.

Matcha surpasses is superfood peers such as goji berries and pomegranate due to its high antioxidant properties. Antioxidants help to stop and prevent the damage caused by free radicals to your body. Free radicals naturally occur in the body but we can also absorb them from our environment. Antioxidants are vital for maintaining our overall health and well-being.

The amino acid L-Theanine present in matcha slows down the release of caffeine and has a calming and relaxing effect. One cup of matcha provides up to 70mg of caffeine but because of the slow release of this energy you will get a much smoother, more energising and longer lasting energy boost than you would from coffee.

Matcha’s has a great ability to gently support weight loss. Studies have shown that consuming green tea increases thermogenesis or the rate that the body burns calories. The researchers concluded that green tea may play a role in the control of body composition because of it’s high catechin polyphenol content and thermogenic properties. Other studies have shown that exercising immediately after consuming green tea resulted in 25% more fat burning during exercise.

These days we use Matcha in alsorts of different delicious ways including cooking, baking, add to smoothies, yoguart and drink hot or cold with milk, honey or blended herbs!

This drink is so easy to make - 

Put a teaspoon 3g of matcha green tea powder in a glass, add 50g of still water and whisk into a paste.  Top the glass up with sparkling water, add ice cubes and a slice of lemon (a shot of gin tastes good too).

Sit back and enjoy!