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Matcha Green Tea

Posted by Shannon Chappelle on

I have long believed in the power of superfood nutrients to help us glow from the inside out. Plants are medicine and the Matcha plant is one of Mother Nature’s greatest healers. It has the gift of helping us feel good.

A daily regime of Matcha Green Tea will change the way you feel. The whole leaf of this plant boasts a tsunami of benefits that will calm you but keep you alert, boost your metabolism, burn fat, detoxify and create a force field of antioxidants to protect your cells from free radical damage.

Matcha is the whole leaf ground in to a fine powder.  By using the entire leaf you get the full benefits of dense nutrients in the leaf. And in the last three weeks of growth, the tea leaves are covered in shade to produce additional amounts of chlorophyll. Only the youngest most tender leaves are then picked.

The antioxidants in one glass of Matcha is equivalent to 10 glasses of brewed green tea in terms of its nutritional content.

What makes this super food so incredible? Nutritional expert. Dr. Andrew Weil’s website offers this view of Matcha’s powers: It slows down the aging process, boosts skin health, fights certain cancers, burns fat, detoxifies the body, stimulates the immune system, lowers cholesterol, lifts the mood and aids in mental concentration.

Let’s take these benefits one by one.

Slows down the aging process and boosting skin health:
Matcha is a beautiful way to keep you glowing from the inside out. Matcha Green Tea contains catechin polyphenol. These are compounds with very high antioxidant activity that will fight free radical damage.

Thermogenic Fat Burner: Matcha has thermogenic properties and promotes fat oxidation. It will boost metabolism, encouraging our cells to rid themselves of toxins that will essentially lead to a leaner body.

Detoxifier: Chlorophyll brings oxygen to the blood and will assist the body in detoxifying toxic chemicals and heavy metals.

Stimulates the Immune System: The catechins and L-Theanines have an anti-viral effect on flu. It is also antibacterial and will inhibit the growth of parasites and can lift the mood and give an all over sense of well being.

Zen Buddhist Monks are known for drinking this tea in preparation to mediation. And who can argue with that?

Looking for ways to enjoy Matcha? Try one of these recipes. And remember, Spa Chappelle carries the highest quality Matcha Green Tea Powder from Japan.

Some Like It Hot Sweet Skin Tea Matcha
This Sweet Skin Smoothie is an amazing way to start your day! It can also be that perfect afternoon pick me up so skip the coffee with cream and sugar. 

1 cup of hot Sweet Skin Tea
1/2 tsp of Matcha
1 T Coconut  Oil
Heat and whip this in your blender until it has a nice froth!

Matcha Latte with Fresh Homemade Almond Milk
1.5  cup of Almond Milk
1 tsp of Maple Syrup
1 tsp of Matcha

Fresh Almond Milk
Soak 1 cup of almonds over night. Drain and rinse.
Blend almonds with 4 cups of water in a high speed blender. Strain through a nut milk bag. Add milk back to blender with 1 tablespoon of maple syrup, 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract and a pinch of Himalayan Sea salt. Whip and enjoy.

Sweet Skin Tea Matcha Green Smoothie
1 Cup of chilled Sweet Skin Tea
1 Frozen Banana
2 tsp of Matcha Green Tea
3 T of Hemp Seed
3 Ice cubes
1 tsp of Pure Vanilla Extract
1 T of Coconut Oil

Blend in a high speed blender and enjoy!

Take A Shot
1 tsp of Matcha
½ cup of room temperature water

Blend and enjoy!

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