Attention hipsters, health nuts and lovers of green food, the matcha movement is upon us and it’s pretty darn delicious. Just in case you’ve been living under a rock recently, matcha (a more concentrated version of regular green tea powder) is the newest kid on the superfood block, but never fear this superfood is actually good for you, packing just the right amount of vitamins and antioxidants.
Like anything worth drinking: coffee, red wine, hard spirits, it can be an acquired taste at first, but the beauty of matcha is its versatility. You can have it straight up (like the badass that you are) or add a little something sweet for a more subtle flavour sensation.
Not entirely sold yet? Well maybe you will be after I tell you just how matcha can change your life.
Coffee Addicts, listen up!
Yes, you read that right. Some converted folk are actually turning to matcha lattes and chillers as a coffee substitute. The caffeine is slowly released and gradually metabolised by the body; leaving you focused in a ‘monk-like calmness’ rather than ‘energiser bunny on crack.’ You’re basically paying for slightly less caffeine (around 30 mg less than a standard cup of coffee), all the kick and none of the jitters. Hells yeah!
It’s actually good for you
We’re all about eating things that taste great AND benefit your body. Good news, you can now add matcha to that list. After it boosts your immunity, acts as an inflammatory, lowers your cholesterol and gives you more antioxidants than spinach (like, times 60 more), it’s just gonna chill in your system for a while to de-stress you whilst raising your resting metabolic rate. No biggie. Oh and since the entire leaf is ground into a powder and consumed whole, it totally trumps drinking green tea, plus anything that green has to be healthy.
Aside from the obvious health benefits and the crazy good taste, most green-tea inspired dishes are just asking to be splashed on your social media feeds. Still not convinced? Y’all need to hit the gram and search @matcha_mylkbar. Like, right now… I’ll just give you a minute while you swoon all over the 50 shades of green deliciousness that is their Instagram account. And excuse me, but matcha pancakes? Shut up and get in mah belly.
It totally justifies all of your guilty pleasures
Is chocolate still your frenemy? Get your hands on some green tea Kit-Kat and thank me later. Granted there’s a few variations, but I’m sure you’ll find them all equally delicious. Matcha is definitely having a moment in the dessert world, so be sure to reap the benefits next time you’re feeling like a mini MasterChef. Oh and cocktails? You can still get your boozy fix PLUS a healthy dose of matcha, all in the same martini glass. Essentially, this stuff ridiculously versatile AND it will do wonderful things to your psyche. Win-win.
Use it inside and out!
Not only is matcha doing wonderful things to your body’s functioning, it’s also been used religiously in hair and facial cleansing for years! Next time you’re keen to pop a face mask on or treat your hair, consider matcha as a key ingredient in your beauty regimen. God knows you’ve probably smeared smellier things on your face in desperate pursuit of an even skin tone and healthy hair.
Honestly if you’re still not convinced by now then there is no changing your mind. We’ve basically told you that we’ve discovered the elixir of life, if that doesn’t impress you then nothing will.
Adrianna is a 22-year-old journalism graduate who is never seen wandering the streets of Sydney sans coffee in hand. A self-confessed sugar addict, she is a lover of sweet treats, sweet words and even sweeter fashion finds. When she isn't hitting the gym or buried in a horror film of some sort, you'll definitely find her Instagramming at @adri_zapp.