Amazing Green Tea Benefits

Throughout the years, green tea has been used to relieve headaches, aid in digestion, and boost alertness. Since then, the benefits have become widely known. Where it was once the drink of Emperors and Kings, now you’d be hard-pressed to find a weight loss supplement without some kind of tea extract on the ingredient label.

It’s been well known for a while that green tea has a bounty of antioxidants to help the body fend off free radicals and thus a variety of diseases. The one getting the most attention from health experts and nutrition-conscious folk alike, is a little something called Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG for short.)

One of the more exciting things, and something that may give a little insight into the whole, green tea may help prevent some forms of cancer, is that EGCG specializes in interfering with oxidization. That means it may reduce oxidative damage in cells. In case you didn’t know, cell oxidation is a potential contributor to many illnesses, including some forms of cancer. Some even suggest that this antioxidant may protect newly developed neurons in the brain, enhance memory function.

It’s worth noting that the caffeine in tea is a bit gentler then what you get in coffee. Coffee has a tendency to lift you high and crash you hard. Counter that, the caffeine in tea gives more of an alert feeling that can help in focusing during those arduous finals and deadlines.photo 1

Other studies suggest that green tea may help break down fat into our bloodstream to be better used as energy during workouts. Next time you reach for that pre-workout drink, you might want to consider something a bit more natural. Something that may aid in multiple functions while trimming away all the winter pounds.

The Green Teahouse has a variety of green tea to choose from, including matcha, which is everything that green tea is multiplied. It’s also a great way to get some of that EGCG without drinking the tea since it’s easy to toss into some baked goods and smoothies.

One of our customer favorites is the Matcha smoothie. All you need is one banana, 1/4 a tsp of matcha whisked into 4oz of hot water with desired sweetness and a full cup of ice. (Ideally a 16oz cup.) Throw it all into a blender and flip the switch.

Green tea has come a long way from its birth home in China, and we still have a lot to uncover about this ancient beverage. As always, consult your doctor, eat well, and exercise daily.

Matcha Coconut Ice Cream

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Light, refreshing, and packed with antioxidants & fat-burning properties!

It’s impossible to imagine summer without ICE CREAM! We have an easy & healthy DIY ice cream recipe to share with you…Matcha Coconut Ice Cream. Try it with either Original Matcha or Raspberry Matcha.


Ingredients

  • 2 15oz cans of full fat coconut milk, refrigerated over night
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Matcha
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • OPTIONAL TOPPINGS:
    • chocolate chips, dried fruit, nuts, cacao nibs, & shredded coconut

Directions:

  1. Mix ingredients together in a medium bowl.
  2. Mix together with an electric mixer or food processor until thoroughly combined.
  3. Line a freezer safe pan with parchment paper (we recommend a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan).
  4. Pour ice cream mixture into pan and cover with aluminum foil.
  5. Place in the freezer overnight to allow ice cream to fully freeze.
  6. Allow to sit on the counter for about 10 minutes to soften before serving. Enjoy!

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Try this recipe at home? Tag us on Instagram, @thegreenteahouseus

Matcha Berry Smoothie Bowl

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There’s nothing like starting off your day with a healthy breakfast. It keeps you full until lunch, nourishes your body, and inspires you to continue making healthy choices throughout the day!

Get blending & try our new favorite Matcha Recipe…MATCHA BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL. It features our ceremonial grade RASPBERRY MATCHA, that’s blended with natural raspberry extract. What’s not love about a quick DIY breakfast that’s anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich, burns fat & packed with fiber?

MATCHA BERRY SMOOTHIE BOWL RECIPE:

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/4 TSP Raspberry Matcha
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 scoop protein powder

Directions:

  1. Add all ingredients into blender.
  2. Blend on high until it reaches a smooth consistency.
  3. Pour into your favorite breakfast bowl.
  4. Top with fun healthy ingredients like chia seeds, shredded coconut, dried fruit etc.
  5. ENJOY!

 

Drink Matcha, Stay Healthy

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MATCHA is truly a magical tea. It has numerous health benefits & is considered the healthiest green tea for you. It originates from Japan, and is the entire green tea leaf stone ground into a powder (matcha means powder in Japanese). One cup of MATCHA has 10 times the antioxidants of a regular cup of green tea.

MATCHA is a great alternative to coffee. It doesn’t increase blood pressure. And it also gives you long lasting energy without the caffeine crash & jitters like coffee. It contains an amino acid (L-theanine) that improves cognitive function, increases alertness, and promotes relaxation…also known as zenergy. Studies have shown MATCHA can offer many health benefits, read below to learn more!

15 REASONS TO DRINK MATCHA

  1. Boosts Metabolism
  2. Strengthens Immune System
  3. Antioxidant Rich
  4. Increases Endurance
  5. Promotes Healthy Skin
  6. Mood Enhancer
  7. Lowers Cholesterol
  8. Detoxifies
  9. Helps Prevent Cancer & Shrink Tumor Growth
  10. Stabilizes Blood Sugar
  11. Rich in Vitamin A, C, Iron, Potassium & Calcium
  12. Anti-Inflammatory
  13. Relieves Stress
  14. Burns Fat
  15. Improves Memory

 

Matcha Isn’t Just for Drinking!

Because MATCHA is a fine powder, you can cook with it too! Try some of our delicious recipes:

Matcha for The Mind!

 

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  The start of a new school year can be hectic, overwhelming & exhausting to say the least! Summer is winding down, which means it’s time to re-focus and adapt to a new busy schedule.

Abandon your worries & let MATCHA help you through this stressful time!

*Did you know Matcha means powder tea in Japanese? It’s the entire green tea leaf ground into a fine powder!

WHY MATCHA WILL BECOME YOUR FAVORITE FALL DRINK:

  • Enhances Memory & Concentration – Matcha is high in L-theanine (an antioxidant rich amino acid), that increases the production of dopamine & serotonin. Both help improve your mood, enhance memory, & increase your ability to concentrate.
  • Calming Effects – L-theanine is a natural stress-relieving amino acid. It helps promote relaxation and increase overall calmness.

Start the new school year off right with MATCHA!

Visit The Green Teahouse online or in Blue Back Square to purchase MATCHA.

Choose from the following:

Organic Grade A Matcha

Blueberry Matcha

Raspberry Matcha

Matcha Peach Oolong

Matcha Genmaicha

Matcha Jade Green

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Visit The Green Teahouse in West Hartford to try Matcha!