GOT TO LOVE DR. OZ’s HEALTH BREAKFAST:
Ingredients: 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt —1 banana—–1/2 cup strawberries—–Unsweetened coconut to taste—Ground flaxseed, to desired consistency—Matcha green tea powder, to taste (available at health food stores)
Directions: Combine all ingredients and enjoy.
WHAT IS MATCHA GREEN TEA?
Matcha is premium green tea powder from Japan used for drinking as tea or as an ingredient in recipes. While other green teas are grown throughout the world, matcha is unique to Japan. It is the heart of the Japanese way of tea and has been celebrated in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony for hundreds of years.
What does matcha taste like? Rather complex, bitter, and somehow most people love it. Chlorophyll and amino acids give matcha its unique rich taste, an initial vegetal, astringent taste, followed by a lingering sweetness. Matcha made in the traditional Japanese style, whisked with water, is a full-bodied green tea. The intensity of the experience compares to your first taste of dark chocolate or red wine. When added as an ingredient, the taste of matcha becomes subtler. It adds the flavor and color of green tea to your creation, be it a smoothie, latte, savory sauce or pastry.
What are the health benefits of matcha?
Matcha is renowned for numerous health benefits. It is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fiber and chlorophyll. It is sugar-free, an ideal drink for diabetics and others wishing to reduce their sugar intake. The health benefits of matcha exceed those of other green teas because matcha drinkers ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.
Amino Acids in Matcha
Matcha contains L-theanine, an amino acid known to relax the mind.For this reason, matcha is also known as a mood enhancer. Some drink it to assist in calm alertness, as its amino acids, combined with caffeine, offer this effect. Amino acids are also what gives matcha is distinctive taste.
How is matcha produced?
Matcha is grown only in Japan, where local farmers cultivate it by traditional methods, from growing to grinding. Matcha Source matcha is farmed by the Yahagi River where the heat and misty fog air make for ideal growing conditions.