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Even though we can feel the very cold temperatures across Canada, the sunshine is promising that Spring is near! With Spring on its way, St. Patrick’s Day brings on green recipes galore. We say this year try to keep those green recipes healthy and stay away from artificial dyes.
If you haven’t tried Matcha Green Tea yet, now is your chance! There are so many ways to use this versatile and antioxidant-filled ingredient. Matcha tea, Matcha muffins, Matcha waffles, Matcha smoothies, Matcha cheesecake and pretty much Matcha everything! Westpoint Naturals Green Tea Matcha Powder is certified organic and is ground from the steamed first harvest spring buds and top young leaves.
Matcha Green Tea has been become popular over the past couple years because of its known health benefits. The reason behind the benefits of drinking or eating Matcha is because it gives 100% of the health benefits of green tea because you consume the whole leaves instead of drinking an infusion of tea. One serving of Matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of regular brewed green tea in terms of nutritional value and antioxidant content, which is saying a lot if you are a regular tea drinker!
The benefits vary greatly but some main ones to enjoy are its cancer prevention and mood improving qualities. Matcha Green tea contains potent antioxidants called catechins, which scavenge for dangerous free radicals in the body. The most powerful catechin found in green tea is EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), which is believed to be a powerful anti-carcinogen.
Matcha Green Tea also contains up to 5x more L-theanine than conventional green tea. L-theanine is an amino acid with psychoactive properties, capable of inducing alpha wave activity in the brain. Alpha wave activity can relieve stress, promote relaxation and even lower blood pressure; which makes this a great beverage for those stressful days in life.
Now that the greenest holiday is coming next week, it’s time to prepare some healthy goodies before consuming all those other green coloured treats – it’s best to have something that’s got its colour naturally! Scones, the ultimate combination of the cake and cookie, are traditionally eaten with tea. Why not combine Matcha tea into its ingredients? Enjoy the yummy flavour and enjoy the health benefits of Matcha Green Tea. It doesn’t have to be a guilty indulgence any more!