It seems like every year there’s some sort of new diet trend that everyone jumps on board to try.
Some of the trends are simply a single superfood ingredient. Other times, it’s a whole dietary concept – like the Cabbage Soup Diet.
Some of the trends work and some of them don’t.
Should you try these trends?
We recommend doing your research before jumping into anything. Then, you’ll have an idea of the science behind the concept and be able to make a truly informed decision.
Today, we’re going to try doing just that with one of the latest superfood ingredients, matcha.
We’ll take a look at what matcha is, why people say it’s so great, and whether you should incorporate a matcha smoothie or two into your diet.
What Is Matcha? Should You Incorporate It Into Your Diet?
When you first see a package of the fine, green powder called matcha, you might mistake it for something that tastes like grass.
Things like wheatgrass and microgreens are often dehydrated and ground into a fine powder that you can add to water, juice, or smoothies.
Unfortunately, many of them seem to have a grassy flavor that most people aren’t crazy about.
That’s not the case with matcha powder.
Matcha is actually ground up green tea leaves, something most people are probably familiar with. In fact, some estimates say that it makes up approximately 80% of all tea consumed
How is green tea different from matcha?
When making green tea, you add a tea bag or loose tea to boiling water. Once steeped, the tea bag or loose leaves are removed.
Matcha powder is added to water, juice, or smoothies and completely consumed. Many people claim that it tastes better when added to liquids less than 175 degrees.
It’s important to note that one cup of matcha is the equivalent of three cups of green tea in regards to the amount of caffeine. So, if you are sensitive to caffeine, you’ll need to reduce your intake of matcha or avoid other forms of caffeine.
The health benefits of matcha powder include:
- High in antioxidants
- Prevents liver and kidney damage
- Improves attention, memory, and reaction time
- Lowers bad cholesterol
- Boosts the body’s ability to burn fat.
Would you like to take advantage of matcha powder’s incredible health benefits? Then, you need to try a matcha smoothie.
3 Matcha Smoothie Recipes That Are to Die For
There are a number of tasty matcha smoothie recipes online. Here are some of the most popular ones.
The reason the Minimalist Baker chose to start adding matcha to her smoothies is that she needed the occasional caffeine pick-me-up. Another reason she uses matcha is that it contains nearly 140 times more antioxidants than brewed green tea.
Her delicious recipe is thick and can be eaten like yogurt or cold soup. Or, you can add some more coconut milk or water to make it more of a drinkable consistency.
- Coconut milk
- Matcha powder
- Spinach or kale
- Top with: Fresh berries, shredded coconut, banana slices, chia seeds, slivered almonds.
The perk of this recipe is that it’s quick. There are only 3-5 ingredients (the vanilla and sweetener are optional), which includes the matcha powder. The recipe developer recommends coconut milk creamer over cow’s milk, though that can be used if you prefer it.
- Coconut milk creamer
- Matcha powder
- Vanilla extract
The goal of this recipe is to add a ton of nutrients to detox and replenish your body.
- Lemon juice
- Matcha powder
- Coconut water
- Bee pollen
- Sun Potion Tocos (a Goop Vitamin E supplement)
As With Anything Other Supplement, Make Sure You Don’t Go Overboard
The key thing to remember about any diet, supplement, or superfood is that caution is needed.
First, you need to find out whether the latest trend is truly healthful, if it’s harmful, or if it’s just a hoax.
Second, you need to find out what kinds of side effects people have had with it so you can be aware.
Finally, always remember this: Moderation.
Even if a food or supplement is technically healthy, some people go overboard and take more of it than is recommended. They think increasing it exponentially will speed up their results.
The reality is, though, that taking too much of anything – even something as neutral and necessary as water – can cause damage to our body.
The same is true of matcha. While there are some proven health benefits, it does have caffeine in it. Some people are extremely sensitive to caffeine, experiencing heart palpitations, shakiness, and sweating if they ingest too much.
Tread carefully with trends, always remembering to approach them with moderation and balance. Do this and you’ll see get to see more healthful results from your efforts.