It’s no secret that I love tea. From your classic English breakfast, to ginger, to chai, I’m somewhat obsessed.
One thing I haven’t expressed my love for as much is green tea, as to why I really don’t know because if it wasn’t for this little cup of miracles I really don’t know where I’d be with my health. Sounds rather ostentatious but during my school and work days I have absolutely no time to exercise and get fit, I don’t eat great, and when I get home I just want to sleep. So without green tea by my side washing all the bad stuff out of me, I’d probably be an Oompa Loompa. So I have a lot to thank for green tea.
So when PureChimp said they’d like to work with me, I was over the moon. I genuinely buy their tea anyway and absolutely love it, so to be able to write a post for them is so exciting! Thank you PureChimp!
This tea is no ordinary green tea however, it’s the ultimate green tea. It’s a favourite of Bake Off’s Rav, Matcha tea. If you are unacquainted with Matcha tea, it is subsequently a very strong green tea from Japan, where the whole leaf is finely ground to a powder form. The fact that it’s the only tea where the whole leaf is consumed means it’s full of antioxidants and one serving is supposed to be the equivalent to 10 cups of regular green tea.
Unbelievable, right? I, like many around me were very sceptical with the vast amount of big promises this tea makes, it’s hard to believe a cup of tea can do so much. But believe it.
For me to go through all the benefits we’d have to be here for hours, so I’ll try break it down briefly for you. Matcha tea contains chlorophyll, and lots of it, meaning it is an amazing detox, flushing out all the toxins. Not only do all these antioxidants help your body but your skin too. To name more of it’s goodness, it contains calcium, potassium, iron, protein, vitamins A, C, B-Complex and K and Catechins meaning it also enhances your concentration, helps weight loss, boosts energy levels, calms, fights cancer, reduces cholesterol, builds immunity and combats ageing. What more could you want from a cup of tea?
It’s hard to give you photographic evidence of many of these promises, but as far as my health goes inside and out from drinking this tea, the effects are phenomenal. I’m not on any specific diet, I just want to stay healthy. But when I’m at work or maybe having a lazy day I drink so much regular tea with sugar, coffee, hot chocolate and I don’t eat great either. So by drinking this, it helps flush all of the bad stuff away and helps keep me on track. My skin has also been thankful, it’s still spotty as it always is, but it feels fresh and clean, and doesn’t feel like its bunged up with impurities.
Now you’re probably thinking “Yeah Em that’s great but let’s be real, a super health product like this is going to cost a fortune!” £6.95, that’s all. And even the smallest packets go a long long way! They also do such a huge range, from regular Matcha to flavoured Matcha to Gift Sets.
To explain the taste, the word earthy comes to mind, but not unpleasant at all. It’s subtle and rather refreshing. Matcha tea can also be incorperated into so many things, drinks to puddings to cakes to snacks, there’s so much you can do with it. So I thought I’d share some ways to have this tea.
Firstly, on the packet it suggests that you put half a teaspoon with juice or water for a super shot, or mix with hot water and honey for a luxurious hot drink or add to your favourite smoothie. All of which are really nice, especially in the morning or throughout the day to keep you going and really easy to make!
If you’re at home one day wanting a nice breakfast, but with some added goodness and got some time, here is a recipe for matcha pancakes. Simple, easy, and so tasty! It’s not completely healthy, but can easily be made very healthy, and the matcha acts as a healthy agent to still give you all those good things, whilst eating a pancake. Crazy, I know.
YOU WILL NEED:
- 1 Cup of Flour
- 1 Tbsp of Sugar
- 2 Tsp of Baking Powder
- 1/4 Tsp of Salt
- 1 1/2-2 Tsp of Matcha
- 1 Cup of Milk of Choice
- Chocolate Chips
The method is as easy as combine the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients, add chocolate chips to desired amount (I added way too many to mine so definitely weren’t the healthiest but oh well!) Then spray a pan or hotplate with oil and cook them up! This recipe serves about 2-3 people I’d say, and if you didn’t put chocolate chips in them you could always add honey or some lemon on top, or anything you want really!
Also it is such an easy recipe to make super healthy and/or vegan, simply by changing bits like the egg to a falx egg and the milk (I actually do use almond milk in mine but I left it open as any milk works!) and even the flour if you wanted, it’s so versatile and so easy to make.
However it may not be for everyone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t drink it to get all those little wonders. If you put 1/2-1 teaspoon of matcha tea in orange juice, give it a whisk so there aren’t any lumps, you really can’t taste it, but you don’t miss out on all these benefits!
There’s a little peak into the wonderful world of Matcha, I hope you liked and I hope you try out this amazing product! Again a huge thank you to PureChimp!
Until next time,