When I saw the lovely folks over at Eat Clean Tea were looking for bloggers to take part in their #SummerOfMatcha competition I jumped at the chance of getting my hands on a sample of their Matcha with mint powder. Matcha is one of those superfood buzz words that every other pin on Pinterest seems to be about and oddly enough I’ve never tried it before. Being the green tea obsessive that I am, having not already tried match kinda makes me feel a little like a phony. So, time to pop my matcha cherry and see what all the fuss is about.
Matcha, if you don’t know, is basically ground green tea. When it comes to potency, one cup of matcha is equivalent to 10 cups of green tea! 10! I drink a lot of green tea but I don’t even think I manage 10 cups a day! It’s jam packed with more antioxidants, more vitamin c, more protein, more iron and more calcium (to name a few).
From what my mooch online tells me, some matchas taste better than others and a lot of people talk about it being bitter. Personally, I’ve never found green tea or matcha to be bitter, but it’s all personal taste and I know some people who would rather drink their own pee than down a steaming mug of green tea. I have no idea what’s wrong with these people - green tea is amazing!
So, Eat Clean Tea matcha and mint. This matcha promises to increase energy levels, boost metabolism, detoxify, aid digestion, boost your mood and cleanse your skin from the inside out! That’s a whole lotta good in one little pouch. What amazed me was actually how little they say you need per cup of tea. Two scoops, two tiny scoops - I’ve never seen such a tiny scoop before! I’ve tried drinking the matcha on its own and it’s fine, it tastes really pleasant with a nice minty flavour to it that would disguise any possible bitterness.
Now, here’s how I really like to use my matcha. Every morning for the last 12 months or so I have been starting my day with a cup of warm water, with a teaspoon of honey, cinnamon and a slice of lemon mixed in. I drink this on an empty stomach first thing in the morning and it really gets my body going and ready for the day - it’s the perfect detoxifying drink as it doesn’t give me an upset stomach! I’ve started adding two scoops of my matcha and mint powder to my morning drink and it’s been going down a treat! It tastes great and is such a quick and easy way to get some good stuff into my body before I really start my day.
Eat Clean Tea asked us to have some fun with our matcha, after all, not everything that is good for you has to be boring! So, I had a root around my fridge and whipped up a very quick, low-calorie mocktail!
I filled a flute with ice cubes then poured in low-calorie elderflower tonic water, mixed in one scoop of my matcha and mint powder and a squeeze of lemon juice. I’m not exaggerating here when I say it tasted like a mojito! It was delicious, refreshing and perfect for sipping over the bank holiday weekend! Though a cheeky splash of gin didn’t do it any harm either!
Have you tried matcha before? Any other ways to use it you could recommend?
Until next time,