Things to Do With Matcha Powdered Green Tea

Food/Cooking - Healthy Food
By: cuteordeath    
04-Mar-2011

Introduction:Matcha is high quality Japanese green tea that has been slowly ground into a powder. It is used in the traditional Japanese tea ceremony, but also has a number of other great uses in food, health, and beauty!

Like all tea, matcha contains many health compounds, but it is unique in that it also provides fiber, as unlike with most teas that are steeped, the actual leaves of the tea are drunk. This makes it a great choice for cleansing and detoxing.

  • 01

    Elegant Desserts

    There are many recipes for cookies and cakes that feature matcha (desserts labeled "green tea" are made with matcha). Matcha's bitterness adds a "mature" taste to sweets, making them a perfect pair with sweetened tea, ice cream, or sweet frostings.

  • 02

    Energizing Smoothies

    A frozen banana, milk or juice, and a few teaspoons of matcha in a blender makes a delicious and energizing smoothie. You can add matcha to any existing smoothie recipe, or add whatever supplements you like to that base.

  • 03

    Unique Cocktails

    Matcha pairs surprisingly well with citrus juices, which can make a great base for a number of cocktails. Mix vodka, matcha, and orange or grapefruit juice and serve over ice. Because matcha is so thick, is it also a great choice for layered drinks.

  • 04

    Potent Face Mask

    You can add matcha to any existing face mask, or simply mix matcha with water into a thick paste and spread it on the face. Leave until dry and rinse. Matcha is great for acne and dryness, but be aware that it is caffeinated, and you do absorb caffeine through your skin!

  • 05

    Creative Seasoning

    Mix 1/2 teaspoon matcha into 2-3 teaspoons sea salt. This makes a perfect seasoning for eggs, popcorn, or you could even try experimenting with fish or poultry.




Final Thoughts

When baking and health uses, be sure to use pure matcha (with no added sugar or flavorings). Feel free to use flavored matcha in drinks, but be aware that the more sugar they contain, the less healthy they are.


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Comments

  • snowfence 3/4/2011 Flag This Comment

    Thanks for the list of things to do with Matcha tea. H5

  • litetender 3/4/2011 Flag This Comment

    Sounds like you could slip it into almost anything, sort of like grinding up carrots to put in the kids' meatloaf! Thanks for posting, I didn't know about Matcha!

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