It’s summer, it’s green, it’s matcha! Matcha, green tea leaf powder, is not only a great alternative to drinking coffee, tea & Co., since it also contains caffeine. It is also a nutritious all-rounder that enriches power breakfasts, light deserts or cooling ice teas. You will surely love my two super light recipes with matcha green tea powder!
Although matcha green tea preparation and drinking culture have been known in Japan for centuries, the green tea a powder form is believed to have originated among the Buddhist monks in China. The ritual of drinking this form of tea, together with the Zen Buddhism, were brought to Japan in XII century. Matcha is a green tea, however the difference between the two lies in the preparation process, as well as the amount of nutrients preserved in the ready drink. Only the best quality leaves of the grown in the shade plant are picked up, rolled, dried and stone-ground into a fine powder. Matcha tea powder is very high in antioxidants since the whole leaves are being consumed and not just the brewed water. Depending on the matcha type, the caffeine content for 1 teaspoon of the powder (2 grams) is approx. 70 mg. An espresso has 212 mg and a cup of an ordinary green tea contains between 15 to 75 mg.
Nutritional Facts & Health Benefits
Contains vitamin A, C, E and minerals calcium, chromium, manganese, potassium, selenium and zinc
Very high level of antioxidants – anti-carcinogenic properties; improves cardiovascular health and brain function
Rich in chlorophyll – supports detoxifying process in the body
Lowers LDL cholesterol
Rich in L-Theanine amino-acids and moderate in caffeine – improves mood and alertness without imposing the negative nervousness associated with consuming coffee
For the two recipes below I am testing Matcha de Coco from Dr. Goerg. The German company specialises in manufacturing a broad spectrum of organic coconut products such as: coconut oil, coconut flour, coconut mousse, coconut milk, coconut chips, coconut flakes, coconut flower sugar and more! What’s definitely worth mentioning is that Dr. Goerg is a truly fair trade company that has been involved in various socially responsible projects in Philippines, where all the delicious coconuts come from. According to their motto ‘Fair Trade For Fair Life Project’, the company supports projects such as building schools and giving Christmas gifts to Philippine children, helping small organic farmers to rebuild their coconut farms after natural disasters like typhoons, and most of all, providing good working environment, high hygiene standards and fair salaries to the coconut farmers they work with. If you would like to know more about Dr. Goerg, just head over to their website here.
Matcha de Coco is a healthy and tasty duet of a 22% finest quality Japanese matcha tea with a 78% organic coconut flower sugar. The 250 g matcha container is made of a violet glass in order to protect the quality of the powder from the sunlight.
Recipe: Matcha Avocado Lemon Mousse
Preparation time: 5 min
This chilled matcha avocado lemon mousse is very simple to prepare and simply perfect for the hot summer days. It can serve as a nutritious power breakfast or a healthy snack in between meals.
1 ripe avocado
1 frozen banana
1 lemon (squeezed juice)
1 – 2 tbsp matcha powder
1 tbsp natural sweetener (like honey, agave sirup or Matcha de Coco with coconut flower sugar)
walnuts and goji berries as a topping
Mix avocado, banana, lemon juice and matcha powder in a blender until smooth.
Decorate with walnuts and goji berries and serve immediately.
Recipe: Matcha Ice Tea
Preparation time: 5 min
This matcha ice tea is not only very simple in preparation, but also really refreshing. It’s perfect for to cooling you down during on a hot day or as an energy drink before going out at night.
What You Need
- 2 cups of water
- 2 tbsp of macha powder
- crushed ice
- 2 limes (squeezed juice)
- 4 twigs of fresh mint
- 1 tbsp natural sweetener (like honey, agave sirup or Matcha de Coco with coconut flower sugar)
How To Make It
- Pour water into a jar with a non-leaky lid or a cocktail mixer.
- Add matcha and stir until the powder has dissolved.
- Add crushed ice, lime juice, mint and sweetener if you like, and shake it.
Serve immediately in glasses. You can add additional ice cubes, lime slices and mint leaves for more flavour and as a decoration.