Wakey wakey! This is your healthy alternative to coffee

Healthy alternative coffee

We hear more and more stories about wether coffee is healthy for you or not. Perhaps it’s time to slow down on the black liquid and introduce yourself to its green substitute: Matcha. 

Let us say first: we love coffee. And there’s no need to totally give up your beloved espresso or latté in the morning or after lunch. But perhaps it’s time to go from 7 cups of coffee (if that’s the case) to 2 or 3 cups a day.

When do you know it’s time to slack on your coffee intake?
If you’ve been drinking coffee for years and ‘can’t wake up without it’.
When it’s the first and only thing on your mind after waking up.
You get nervous when there’s no coffee.
When you get dizzy, tired, grumpy or even shaky when not drinking coffee in time.
You dream about coffee (it happens, crazy!).
When you know all the names of the people at your favourite coffee bar.

What is Matcha?
If literally translated it says ‘powdered tea’, used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. When you order traditional green tea, components from the leaves get infused into the hot water and the leaves are discarded. But Matcha contains the actual leaves from the plant, finely powdered so you can use a teaspoon with a third cup of hot water.

Why Matcha?
Now it’s considered a must-have ingredient for everyone who wants to stay on the wellness-wagon. And this is why:

1. Matcha has a better caffeine high. Which means: more energy over a longer period of time, and less of the caffeine spikes in your body.

2. It’s full of antioxidants. One study found that matcha contains three times more antioxidants than regular green tea. The so called polyphenols or epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which have been connected to protection of heart disease and cancer, as well as better blood sugar regulation and blood pressure reduction.

3. Hello anti-ager. The place where people live the longest is Okinawa, Japan. And this has been partly attributed to regular consumption of Matcha Green Tea.

4. No more bad breath. We’ve all experienced coffee is not that beneficial for your breath. As well as your teeth. Matcha doesn’t stain your teeth and it helps to control dental plaque bacteria.

5. It enhances your mood and contributes to a sharp concentration. Which is perfect when you feel your after lunch dip coming up.

Have you ever tried to reduce your caffeine intake? What effect did it have on you?

 

 

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