What is Matcha?

img_2993Today I will talk about the Matcha Tea. Is a form of green tea that is used in the Japanese Tea ceremony The matcha tea is categorized as Superfood because of its health benefits. It is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, fibre and chlorophyll. The health benefits of matcha exceed other green teas because matcha drinkers ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water.

One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content.

Naturally Mood Enhancing

Matcha contains L-Theanine and the amino acid is known to relax the mind. For this reason, matcha is also known as a mood enhancer. Buddhist monks drank matcha to assist in meditation as matcha amino acids combined with caffeine offer a sustained calm alertness over time. Aminoacids are also what gives matcha is distinctive taste.

Chlorophyll and amino acids give matcha its unique rich taste an initial vegetal, astringent taste followed by a lingering sweetness. Chlorophyl is associated with liver cancer and other liver disorders.Matcha made in the traditional Japanese style whisked with water is a full-bodied green tea. The intensity of the experience compared with dark chocolate or red wine. When added as an ingredient, the taste of matcha becomes subtler. It adds the flavour and colour of green tea to your creation, be it a smoothie, flan, latte, savoury sauce or pastry.

It contains a class of Antioxidant known as Catequins, particularly the catechin epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) that has anti-tumor properties.

One study found that matcha green tea contained at least 3 times as much ECGg as other green teas studied in research.

Green tea consumption is associated with reduced mortality due to cardiovascular disease, the catechins have an antihypertensive effect and anti-thrombogenic effect and they can lower the lipids, it can even lower the amount of cholesterol.

By knowing the advantages of this wonderful tea, why not starting to prepare more recipes and make it our first drink in the morning. Japanese are amazing by giving us such a powerful food and the best thing is very easy to prepare.

The recipe I am going to give you today has a special taste, in my opinion, I put too much MATCHA so it was very strong but you can play with the flavours and make it the way you like it.I will make this recipe for an afternoon tea or any day in the sun accompanied with cream or yoghurt it makes a delicious combination.

Hope you enjoy it.



500 mL almond or coconut milk

2 sachets of unflavored gelatin

3 tbs stevia

1 tsp vanilla essence

1 tbsp Matcha tea

1tsp cinnamon


Take 250 ml of milk at room temperature and dissolve the matcha tea in a cup. Then take the other 250 ml of milk and put it in a pan, heat up the milk and add the mix of matcha tea. Heat it up and add the Stevia and the cinnamon and before the milk starts to boil add the gelatin, mix the ingredients until the mix is soft and no lumps.


4 tbsp water 2 tbs stevia.  Put the ingredients in a pan and bring them to boil. In dessert cups put the caramel first, then add the matcha mix and put them in the fridge for 2 hours.

with love!


Published by AndreaP

I am passionate about food and nutrition. Originally from Bogota -Colombia currently living in New Zealand. I am a Nutritionist & Dietitian. After becoming a mum and working in different areas like education, banking and sales, I came to the realisation that I wanted to come back to what I loved and what I have passion for this is Health and Nutrition. In September 2016 I started my online course with the biggest nutrition school in America called Institute of Integrative Nutrition( IIN). The Institute of Integrative Nutrition has given me the knowledge and support about Nutrition in a Holistic way. I have never thought that this would be possible, but after a year I realised that definitely secondary food (food that is on the plate) is part of the puzzle of health and happiness. There is something called primary food which are the pillars that together contribute to a better wellbeing and a better nutrition. Relationships, spirituality, career and exercise plus a having good sleep habits can contribute to a better YOU. I am a Holistic Nutritionist and I am looking forward to taking you on this journey of better habits and a prosperous life. Always smile with gratitude! Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope you get to know me. AndreaP

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