5 Unique Ways to Get Your Matcha Fix
You know a wellness trend is sticking around when you can find it at Starbucks and other chain coffee shops. That’s how matcha seems to have found its way into the mainstream—and for good reason. It’s a powerhouse of a tea, with antioxidant and energy-boosting characteristics, one with a long history of prominence in Japanese culture, as well as in the meditation practices of monks.
What makes matcha stand out from other green tea is that it’s made from the whole plant leaf, ground into a fine powder. When you drink the tea, you metabolize the entire leaf. Matcha has a special amino-acid called L-Theanine, along with more antioxidants and vitamins than any other natural fruit or vegetable, giving it superfood status. When these nutritional benefits are slowly digested with the tea’s caffeine, you’re given a longer period of energy (like, four to six hours long) than the jolt + crash you might get from coffee.
Whether you’re already on the matcha train or you’re looking to jump on the bandwagon, we’ve found a few new ways to experience the green tea’s flavor and benefits (aside from the best at-home matcha latte recipe we’ve tried). Keep reading for five unique ways to get your matcha fix.
If you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up that also satisfies your sweet tooth, Jade Leaf Organic Matcha Fruit Bites might be for you. They’re bite-sized gummies made of real fruit infused with Japanese matcha green tea. There’s no sugar added, and they’re USDA organic, gluten-free, vegan and non-GMO, along with being antioxidant rich. We’ve found them to be a fun little afternoon snack with the caffeine similar to a cup of green tea.
Take a warm wellness break in your day with a nourishing remake of your beloved latte with this superfood blend. Navitas’ Matcha Latte superfood drink contains a blend of antioxidant-rich matcha with MCT oil in one powder mix. It’s a super-convenient matcha latte powder that’s a great alternative to coffee to boost your day. Sourced from high-quality matcha, this green tea enhances memory, focus and concentration, all while being keto and paleo-friendly, USDA organic, vegan and dairy free.
If you’re on the collagen train, incorporating your collagen habit with your matcha habit is simple with Vital Proteins’ Matcha Collagen Powder. It’s sourced from high-quality Japanese matcha green tea and grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hide to ensure top quality and maximum nutritional benefit. Collagen has been shown to be beneficial to your digestive tract, as well as for strengthening skin, hair and nails.
So matcha to do. So little time. What happens when you combine pure vanilla bean with the highest grade ceremonial matcha in ice cream form? You guessed it—matcha greatness. Company Dream Pops (a Shark Tank participant) reimagined matcha green tea to create a silky-sweet, delectable non-dairy ice cream with a mildly tangy bite. Sweetened with coconut blossom sugar, the pops are also gluten-free, soy-free and vegan.
Want to take your matcha on the run? This travel mug features a hidden stainless steel whisk to help make your matcha quick smart for when you need your green goodness to go. Just add matcha, water and milk and shake the mug—it’s a seriously tasty and super easy way to brew matcha on the move.
Wanting to get back to basics? Try our at-home matcha latte recipe with oat milk, and see what happened when we swapped out our daily coffee habit for matcha instead.