I was brought up as a Roman Catholic, and whilst I would have to admit I am probably the most lapsed one out there, I always give up something for Lent. It's tradition, it's how I was brought up and it's just what I do.
This year, I made the decision to give up energy drinks. It was getting to the point where I would struggle to concentrate unless I had one, but since my hours were changed from 8-4 to 9-5 I find my sleep rhythm is better, I'm getting to the gym regularly before work and I have far more energy.
This is in part being helped by drinking Matcha tea daily.
What is Matcha Tea?
Queen of Tea was on it.
Matcha, for those not in the know, is very finely ground powder of green tea. It's definitely an acquired taste, but the benefits to drinking it are endless. It has 137 x the antioxidants of regular green tea, 70x the antioxidants of orange juice and is full of vitamins! It helps your brain concentrate, your skin stay clear and even increases your energy levels and endurance.
There's a reason the Japanese Samurai drank it before going in to battle!
The way the tea is grown produces more caffeine, so matcha is a great energy boost, but without the anxiety and headaches produced by stimulants in coffee.
I'm very caffeine sensitive, if I drink too much coffee in a day I get palpitations, but I get the same energy kick with matcha or green tea and no nasty side effects.
What's not to love?
How Do You Prepare It?
2. Break the powder up with your bamboo whisk to ensure there are no lumps!
3. Add hot (but not quite boiling) water.
4. Mixed together using a bamboo whisk, until you have a nice amount of froth.
There should be no lumps of powder left in the liquid or on the bowl.
It definitely doesn't taste like a swamp though and this matcha powder is one of the nicest I've tried.
As I said, it is a fairly acquired taste, and it can be bitter if you're not used to drinking green tea or similar, so you could always add some lemon juice to sweeten it!
It really is a game changer and I can't rave about it enough.
Did I succeed with l=Lent? Not entirely, the occasional Red Bull happened (on a late drive back from Gatwick) but this definitely helped me cut down :)
I've even managed to get a few of my friends drinking matcha daily.
If you're looking for an alternative to your morning coffee, then Ocha Matcha may be the one!