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Green Tea Anyone? Try Mighty Matcha

Green tea is popular these days, mostly due to its high antioxidant levels. Since its discovery over 900 years ago, matcha has been one of the healthiest natural beverages known to man. The oldest and most premium variety of Japanese green tea, matcha is distinct from other green teas in that it’s made of the powdered whole leaf – rather than steep and strain it, you ingest it in its entirety, making it far more antioxidant rich than regular green teas. Its concentration of antioxidants, chlorophyll, vitamins and minerals makes it a nutritional powerhouse, and a great way to get these nutrients directly from a food source, rather than a supplement. Unfortunately there are plenty of bottled tea beverages out there that contain high quantities of sugar and high fructose corn syrup and very little (if any) real tea. If you pick up a tin of the real thing, there’s plenty you can do with it besides drink it as a hot beverage. (Not that there’s anything wrong with that.)

Check out the nutritional profile of just 2 g of matcha (about one serving):ӬӬ

• polyphenols and antioxidants 1.212 g”¨
• caffeine 0.06 g”¨
• protein 0.612 g”¨
• plant lipids 0.106 g”¨
• fibre 0.77 g
”¨• calcium 8.4 mg
”¨• magnesium 4.6 mg”¨
• iron 0.34 mg”¨
• zinc 0.126 mg
”¨• potassium 54 mg
”¨• copper 0.012 mg
”¨• phosphorus 7 mg
”¨• vitamin a beta carotene 580 mg
”¨• vitamin a retinol equivalents 96 mg
”¨• vitamin b6 0.0192 mg”¨
• vitamin c 1.2 mg”¨
• vitamin e 0.56 mg”¨
• vitamin k 58 mg
”¨• thiamin 0.012 mg”¨
• riboflavin 0.027 mg”¨
• niacin 0.08 mg”¨
• folate 24 mg
”¨• pantothenic acid 0.074 mg”¨
• ascorbic acid 1.2 mg

If you’ve enjoyed green tea ice cream, candies or crème brulée, it was likely made with matcha – its intense green color and dissolve-ability make it a favorite for chefs who like to add flavor and color to their desserts. But if you don’t happen to be making ice cream or crème brulée and would like the nutrient punch of matcha (it’s always better to get your nutrients from food than from a supplement), you can add it to all sorts of other things. It’s not damaged by heat, so small quantities (it’s potent, so you don’t need much) can be stirred into everything from smoothies to spaghetti sauce. Or try making a cold, foamy matcha milk beverage by shaking a half teaspoon with a cup or two of milk and a drizzle of honey.”¨ (If you have kids around, call it green slime.) And at Halloween, it’s a natural way to tint things green without using artificial food coloring. Enjoy!

photo credit: istockphoto.com/kcline

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