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What’s the Matcha with you?

Perisha Kudhail shows that purple and green must always be seen

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With the era of the superfoods slowly taking over, it’s no wonder that we in the West are trying weird and wonderful things to help give us a health boost. With herbal remedies and detoxes being at the forefront of a healthier lifestyle, it’s no wonder that matcha has hit the industry by storm. Matcha is a refined ground powder made from green tea leaves and is a great way to add a dose of flavour to your drinks. With Uji, Japan being the capital of matcha production, the taste, freshness and quality is a result of importing from there. The delicate storage of matcha means that the colour is retained, making the gorgeous green and purple colour pop.

Matcha is a great way to get a boost of vitamins and minerals in your diet and give your skin a glow at the same time. The health benefits of matcha are too many to ignore, and it should be given a chance. From being a tasty refreshment to being used as a cake filling, matcha is more versatile than you may think. From the refreshing taste of green matcha to the nutty taste of purple matcha, there are different flavours that can be tried and enjoyed.

The simplest way to consume matcha is to simply mix it with warm water and drink it like tea. With this in mind, think about replacing your morning coffee with a refreshing boost of matcha and give your metabolism a boost. One cup of green matcha tea has as many antioxidants as ten cups of brewed green tea, so it’s definitely worth your time. Starting your day with matcha is an effective way to burn calories and get the same jump start to your day as caffeine. Not only does it taste great, but it can help you lose weight.

Alongside this fat-fighting gem, matcha is a great way to enhance concentration. Vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium are just some of the nutrients you find in matcha tea. In turn, matcha does not only help your concentration, but also enhances your mood. Whether you decide on purple or green matcha, you can always find ways to experiment with the flavours.

Your digestive system will thank you for the new addition in your diet, as the fibre found in matcha will keep your body running smoothly. Although, drinking matcha is quick and easy way to consume matcha, don’t feel like it won’t work in other things too. Replacing cocoa with matcha is a surefire way to get some fibre into your system and get a good night’s rest at the same time.

Want to get your hands on some matcha? Check out Williamson Tea for fabulous matcha direct from their farms and start experimenting.