The matcha movement is not going anywhere any time soon, and for good reason. Matcha green tea tastes absolutely delicious and it is extremely high in catechins, polyphenols, and antioxidants – all of which help to protect us against inflammation, tissue damage, aging, cancer and various other diseases. Matcha contains L -Theanine, a phytonutrient that has the ability to simultaneously increase calming brain waves and decrease stressful brain waves, allowing you to stay alert yet relaxed at the same time. Matcha contains around five times as much L-Theanine as regular green tea! While coffee can cause spikes in both insulin and glucose levels, matcha does not have the same effect, which means that matcha drinkers will not experience the same cravings that many coffee drinkers often do.
Matcha can also improve metabolism. Research shows that regularly drinking tea, like matcha, that contains catechins can reduce body fat and, therefore, help to prevent diseases like obesity. Plus, the green pigmentation of matcha is a result of a its high chlorophyll content. Chlorophyll is a potent detoxifier that can help to remove harmful chemicals and heavy metals from the body.
But time after time, I see the same frustrating problem: people attempting to make a healthy choice by switching from low quality coffee to matcha as a way of improving their daily health routine. However, despite having the best intentions, those people often end up in a worse place in regard to overall mental and physical health than the one in which they started. The issue is not with the actual matcha that they are consuming; it is the fact that the majority of matcha powders and mixes out there are complete crap – excuse my frankness, but it is true! Crappy matcha mixes are not unique to large chain coffee and tea houses, the average matcha powder on the shelf contains lots of refined sugar and other unnecessary additives, fillers and preservatives and can be sourced from places you don’t much about. That’s why I searched for a matcha powder that I can stand behind one-hundred percent. Further Food’s Mindful Matcha powder. Further Food’s Mindful matcha is: organic, non-GMO, certified vegan, keto and paleo, and free from sugar and gluten. Their Mindful Matcha powder mixes organic matcha from Japan with incredible superfoods like organic wheatgrass and organic ginger, cordyceps mushrooms and ashwagandha. The blend of matcha and cordyceps provide the ideal combination of energy and alertness without any of the jitters that come from your average cup of joe. As I touched on previously, matcha provides a balanced alertness that is much more enjoyable for some people than the buzz that comes from the typical caffeinated drink. Though, if you are sensitive to caffeine, matcha probably still is not ideal for you.
Further Food’s Mindful Matcha mix also contains the adaptogen ashwagandha, which works with the matcha to help reduce stress within the body and mind by lowering cortisol levels, further allowing drinkers to stay focused without that spike in adrenaline that can leave so many of us feeling on edge, irritable and/or peaky. Finally, although matcha contains a significant number of antioxidants on its own, Further Food pledged to further increase the amount of incredible immune-boosting compounds by adding wheatgrass into the mix. The extra antioxidants help to prevent disease, reverse the aging process and balance free radicals in the body. I start EVERY single day out with either a hot cup of matcha blended with nut milk or if I need a little more, I make a matcha smoothie using Further Food’s Mindful Matcha with a sccop of frozen spinach, 1/2 banana, 2 tsp. MCT oil, and 2 cups unsweetened almond milk for a delicious morning meal replacer.
I stand by Further Food’s Mindful Matcha mix so whole-heartedly that I asked the company if they would be willing to partner with me and they agreed! I am now able to offer my followers a 15% off discount with the code ELISSA using this link to order: https://shop.furtherfood.com/discount/ELISSA.