Our tea of the day today is matcha.

Matcha is a green tea that has been ground down into a fine powder. It might sound weird, and it kind of is, but it is also filled with health benefits.

Green tea leaves alone are known for caffeine and antioxidants that are great for the skin and metabolism. So, because matcha is ground up green tea leaves, when you consume it, you’re consuming the maximum amount of caffeine and antioxidants. It’s much more concentrated than straining full green tea leaves and only drinking the water that comes from the process. Who doesn’t want a stronger tea in the morning?

But also, since matcha is a powdered tea, it’s multipurpose. You don’t have to just mix it into hot water or milk to make tea, there’s actually a multitude of uses of matcha. You could sprinkle it on top of oatmeal or yogurt, add a pinch to a smoothie, and it’s even fun to add to baking. Personally, I’ve added it to homemade icing. It was a vanilla matcha icing on top of chocolate cupcakes, and it sure was good. Sorry, I’m getting off topic but I think you get the point: matcha has many uses. Here are some recipes to help get you started.

No matter what way you decide to implement matcha into your diet, you’ll still be getting those benefits. But another thing to remember is that because of the high concentration of caffeine, it’s much easier to get an upset stomach or become too caffeinated from matcha. Start with a pinch, and if you need more you can always add more. That’s the beauty of powdered tea, dear readers!

Try looking for matcha at any tea store or Asian market. The only downside of matcha is that it is a bit on the pricey side. One way to remedy a hurting wallet is to see a matcha purchase as a health benefit, not just tea that costs more than all the other green teas. You’ll thank yourself and so will your body. Oh, and remember to keep it klean out there!

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