Coffee is a household staple, and for many people, it is the most relaxing part of their morning. We have come a long way from old cans of boring grinds and have entered a world where artisanal coffees grace the shelves of convenience stores and morning rituals turn your kitchen into a personal coffee shop. So would you believe us if we told you that ditching your adored morning coffee routine and replacing it with matcha is the way? The benefits are simply unparalleled, and although coffee is not a bad option, matcha is simply better for you, offering comprehensive health benefits and a gentle but powerful caffeine kick.
Quality matcha is premium grade green tea leaves that are ground into a fine powder. Much like coffee, matcha can be found in a variety of flavors, strands, and intensities. The best way to drink this bright green, fragrant powder is simple. Whisk the matcha of your choice into hot water or a milk alternative to create a frothy, earthy, delicious comfort beverage. But why would you change a routine that works? Why should you drink matcha instead of coffee in the morning? We can give you three reasons to replace your coffee routine with matcha!
The Best Caffeine High
Although matcha has around a sixth of the caffeine that a cup of coffee does, the calm, alert feeling is noticeably better. Not only does matcha leave you feeling attentive with a sense of clarity and calm, but it also does not cause spikes and crashes. Coffee is effective because it causes spikes in adrenal glucose and insulin levels, and although that certainly gets you going in the morning, it is much harder on your body.
Matcha is loaded with phytonutrients too! Phytonutrients are natural chemical compounds that plants produce to protect themselves from viruses, insects, and sun damage. They are great for human consumption, as they can aid in bone, joint, heart, and eye health, as well as immune system support.
L-Theanine and Antioxidants
Matcha can help improve and stabilize your mood due to high levels of l-theanine. L-Theanine increases GABA levels, a neurotransmitter responsible for helping you feel calm. Additionally, it increases serotonin and dopamine levels which helps reduce anxiety, depression and can make you feel generally happier.
Antioxidants help to reduce your risk of numerous diseases, including heart disease and even cancers. They are most notorious for attacking free radicals in the body and are often responsible for oxidative stress and damage to healthy cells. Matcha is the queen of antioxidants, with more antioxidants than 10 cups of your standard green tea, and yes, coffee too.
Belly and Bad Breath Blaster
Coffee breath, no more! Matcha contains catechin, which is an antioxidant that helps to sterilize bad breath. Drinking matcha after meals can help to prevent bacterial growth, reduce your risk of gum disease, and of course, fight bad breath too. On the other hand, coffee can stain your teeth and reduce saliva production, which amplifies that dragon breath. Yuck!
Matcha has a thermogenic effect. Which basically means that it boosts your metabolism. This superpower helps suppress your appetite and help you feel full, and it helps oxidize fat. In fact, in a recent study, fat oxidations rates after consuming green tea before exercising were an average of 17% higher than the control group. Banishing bad breath, boosting metabolism, and burning additional fat during exercise are pretty awesome perks of your new favorite drink.
Selecting the right matcha
Finding high-quality matcha is critical, and unfortunately, your favorite coffee shops often add tons of sugar to their matcha lattes. When adding matcha to your diet, make sure that you take the time to select pure, quality matcha. Happy Mammoth takes ingredients very seriously, and we believe that being selective ensures quality. Breakaway Matcha not only offers 18 strands of matcha, but they are obsessed with quality. If you aren't sure where to start, check them out!
We have an easy way to incorporate matcha into your diet, especially if you are not fond of the flavor or can't find a strand that you enjoy. Our Probiotic Power Greens contain pure, organic matcha. It tastes like pineapple and can be incorporated into smoothies or mixed in water. Fueled by matcha, Probiotic Power Greens will help suppress your appetite (especially when consumed in the morning), support a healthy immune system, fight fatigue, and support gut health.
Learn more about Probiotic Power Greens and Why You Should Take Them Every Day, and while you're at it, consider ditching your coffee for matcha and let us know how you feel!
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