Green tea and matcha tea are often confused or used interchangeably, but it is important to note that even though they are similar, it is not the same thing.
Now what makes matcha tea different from green tea, when in fact both these types of teas are made with the same leaves. Well, the only difference between green tea and matcha tea are in the way the leaves are harvested and processed.
How can you use matcha tea for weight loss?
Helps boost body metabolism:
Matcha tea helps boost body metabolism which can accelerate weight loss when coupled with exercise. The active compound ECEG (Epigallocatechin Gallate) in matcha tea helps stimulate the genes that can promote fat breakdown.
Has low calorie counts:
Consuming matcha tea is very useful for those who are looking out for ways to lose weight as matcha tea is very low in calories. Therefore, the lower the intake of calories, the lesser the storage of fat. Matcha tea contains an active compound EGCG that helps the body burn more calories and in turn reduces weight gain and can stimulate weight loss.
Can help improve stamina and boost body energy levels:
Matcha tea helps increase body stamina and boost energy levels in turn helping boost body metabolism and makes one more proactive. This can help aid weight loss by living an active lifestyle.
Reduces stress related weight gain:
An increase in stress levels can increase the levels of cortisol in the body. This can have an effect on your appetite and cause an increase in appetite. Thus, the active compounds chlorophyll, L-theanine and caffeine can help induce a state of calmness and reduce the levels of stress, in turn reducing stress related weight gain.
Can help detoxify the body:
Unhealthy lifestyles and eating habits can lead to the build up of toxins in the body. Therefore, this can cause weight gain. Matcha tea helps in the detoxification of the body thus improving digestion and promoting weight loss. READ MORE – DIY VITAMIN C HAIR GROWTH SPRAY
How to make matcha tea at home?
There are two ways in which you can make this tea at home. The traditional way, without milk and then with adding in milk.
How to make matcha tea at home?
- 1 cup hot water
- 1 tsp matcha
Into a cup, add in the matcha powder and just a little of the water and stir this mixture very well for a few minutes, until the mixture starts to froth up a little bit.
You can even use a Chasen (also known as a bamboo matcha whisk) at this stage.
Then once the mixture is nice and frothy, add in the rest of the hot water, stir well with a spoon and it is ready to consume.
Tip: This preparation is claimed to be more beneficial as the matcha is diluted with just water and no other ingredients. It is important to note that matcha tastes a little bitter and may not be palatable to some and they may not prefer this preparation of matcha tea and can thereby use the next recipe below.
Method 2: Matcha tea With milk
¾ cup hot water
¼ cup hot milk
1 tsp matcha
Maple syrup or honey (to taste)
How to make it:
Into a cup, add in the matcha powder and maple syrup or honey to taste and mix well. Then just add in a little of the water and stir this mixture very well for a few minutes, until the mixture starts to froth up a little bit. You can even use a Chasen at this stage. Then once the mixture is nice and frothy, add in the rest of the hot water, stir well with a spoon and top it up with the hot milk while still stirring. It is then ready to consume.
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Tip: Matcha tea may have a unique, distinct and grassy flavour which is an acquired taste. In addition to it, matcha powder can vary in taste and certain brands could taste particularly bitter to some. Therefore, adding a sweetener like honey or maple syrup is suggested.