Full disclaimer, we drink coffee and enjoy it. We’re not here to tell you to ditch coffee completely, because I know most of us would never dream of it. Instead, why not try switching one cup of coffee a day for matcha and see how you feel?
After replacing our morning coffee with a matcha, we noticed that our mornings were way more productive. We were more focused, energized and we didn’t have that mid-day slump after the coffee wears off. You know, when all you want to do is nap (or grab another coffee – but that’s a slippery slope!).
Here are 6 reasons to try matcha, written by a coffee lover:
Longer Lasting Energy
Matcha gives you a noticeable energy boost, but it’s gentle and longer-lasting than coffee. The energy you get from matcha lasts 4-6 hours and caffeine is absorbed by your body slowly, thanks to the combination of caffeine and the amino acid L-Theanine.
Increased Focus, Clarity & Concentration
L-Theanine (you’ll hear this mentioned a lot) promotes relaxation while at the same time increasing your focus and concentration. Combined with the longer-lasting energy buzz when compared to coffee, it’s your best friend when you need that extra something to help you get the most out of your day.
Goodbye, coffee breath!
There are few smells that we love in the morning more than freshly brewed coffee. But the coffee breath that comes after drinking it stinks. The good news? Matcha doesn’t leave you with bad breath, and it doesn’t stain your teeth!
No harsh side effects
Sometimes the caffeine spike coffee gives us can cause nervousness, anxiety and an increased heart rate – having the opposite effect on our ability to focus and concentrate (which is what many of us drink it for). When the effects wear off, your body is left craving more caffeine and, if it doesn’t get any, you’ll feel even more tired than before.
Because of – you guessed it – that incredible amino acid L-Theanine, the slow absorption of caffeine into your body gives you a fantastic energy boost with no harsh side effects or crash.
It’s packed full of goodness
Gram for gram, matcha is the richest all-natural source of antioxidants. Of course, you don’t consume matcha in the same quantity as you would blueberries or dark chocolate, but it’s still a great way to easily introduce more antioxidants into your diet. Antioxidants help fight against the damage caused by free radicals in our body. Matcha also contains iron, calcium, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C, all of which can help to support a strong immune system and healthy body.
It’s been around for a long, long time
Unlike a lot of superfoods or ‘fads’ that eventually burn out, matcha has been around for over 700 years and isn’t going anywhere. It was (and still is) used by Zen Buddhist monks to remain calm yet focused during long meditation sessions. Only recently has the Western world discovered how matcha’s energizing yet calming properties can benefit us in our modern, busy society.
How can you incorporate matcha into your day?
If you're a first-time drinker, we’d recommend making a simple tea first. Matcha powder and hot water, without any milk. Like with coffee and black tea, lots of people prefer to add milk to matcha to make a latte. It adds a little sweetness and makes your matcha taste milder. Any milk works well, although dairy milk proteins can block the absorption of some key nutrients, so use non-dairy if you’re drinking matcha for its nutritional benefits.
Not sure how to brew a cup or make a matcha latte? We’ve got you covered here.
If you love smoothies, try adding a serving of matcha to get an energy kick and boost your antioxidant intake. This is a great option, especially if you don’t love the taste of matcha or matcha lattes. Your other ingredients will help to mask the taste, while you still get the health benefits.
You can cook with it, too! In fact, there are lots of recipes out there for anybody who wants to get creative and use matcha in the kitchen
Share your matcha experience with us!
If you’ve decided to try matcha to see how it can improve your day, share your experiences with us on our Instagram, just use the hashtag #EnsoMatcha. Are you being more productive? Do you feel as though you’re more energized? Let us know!