Ingredient spotlight: matcha powder

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Matcha

Fucking matcha – how I love love love this stuff! It just tastes so fucking good, I don’t even know what else to tell you. Green tea of all sorts is great, and matcha powder might be my favorite of all. 

I love making matcha tea in the morning, even though I make it in a ‘non-traditional’ way. (Pinky promise it tastes the same to me.) 

Nutrition

Matcha definitely contains caffeine, obviously one of the reasons I love to have some in the mornings. It also contains theanine, which is a stress reducer. Matcha is also high in antioxidants and aids in stimulating metabolism. 

Due to the fact that matcha is made of whole ground up tea leaves, which you drink, you may be taking in up to three times as much caffeine as you would drinking tea. 

Uses/Recipes

Matcha powder is a great way to add a natural green color to light-colored pastries as well as drinks. You can use it in cookies, brownies, blondies, smoothies, guacamole and so much more. Honestly, the possibilities here are endless.

For me personally, the primary use of matcha powder is to make matcha as in the tea. However, that does not mean there are not other uses! (And I will of course update this post as I test more of these recipes myself.) You can use matcha in baking cookies as well as the super fluffy Japanese pancakes. I have also wanted to try using matcha when making mochi, so stay tuned for that!

Basically, matcha is incredibly delicious, and can be added (just a pinch!) to just about anything! Get your hands on some and experiment to your heart’s content! I am sure everything you make will be a delicious lesson. You got this! It’s gonna be great!

Sources for your reading pleasure: 

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Matcha
  2. https://www.health.com/nutrition/what-is-matcha
  3. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/7-benefits-of-matcha-tea
  4. https://time.com/5188377/matcha-tea-benefits/
  5. https://www.webmd.com/food-recipes/ss/slideshow-all-about-matcha
  6. https://www.womenshealthmag.com/food/a27127259/matcha-powder-benefits/
  7. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/305289#what-is-matcha

General caveats that I feel compelled to add: 

I am *NOT* a nutritionist. I am just someone who is deeply interested in and profoundly committed to eating delicious food only. In seeking to reach this goal, I am often trying out random new ingredients that I come across. These ingredients are ones I may not know anything about, and so I am simply sharing my notes with you. I will be updating these as I go along and learn more. I will also link to more recipes that use these ingredients, so that you can try them yourself. If you have any allergies or intolerances, please consult with an actual doctor who can guarantee you accurate information.

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