If you frequent The Tea Tree (or even if you don’t), you may have heard of this “up and coming, hot new tea” that everyone is talking about. That’s right, I’m talking about Matcha, but contrary to popular belief, Matcha tea has been around for ages and ages, despite its growing popularity as of lately. If you haven’t heard of Matcha, keep reading, because you won’t want to miss all the benefits that this tea provides. When you look at it, the first thing that you might notice about Matcha tea is that it doesn’t look like an ordinary tea. Most of the loose teas that we are used to seeing at The Tea Tree look consist of, well, loose tea leaves. Matcha is actually a powder, and the reason for this is part of what makes Matcha so great. The entire tea leaf is ground to a powder, and that powder has rich antioxidant properties. Since you are consuming the entire leaf when you drink Matcha, its much stronger than other teas.

Full of Energy

Matcha is a green tea, and therefore contains caffeine. That’s right. One sure thing that this superhero tea will do is provide you with energy. So, maybe don’t go sipping this bad boy in hopes of winding down at the end of the day. That being said, however, Matcha might be an excellent morning alternative to coffee, or a great healthy substitute for an energy drink before a workout. Whenever you decide to drink this potent powder, rest assured that you will be provided with energy to tackle your day.

Head and Heart Health

According to the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, regular green tea consumption lowers cholesterol. It has also been known to stimulate brain waves, which will help you concentrate and focus. So, drink up if you want to keep a thriving ticker and a healthy head. Taking in Matcha during your workday can provide you with antioxidants and health benefits all from the comfort of your own office.

Not into it?

And don’t fret if you aren’t really a tea person. You can search to find tons of Matcha recipes online. A quick search will lead you to come across everything from muffins to stir-fry, so there are plenty of ways to take part in this fad without actually drinking it. For a quick and easy way to start your day with Matcha, stir 2 teaspoons of Matcha powder into ½ cup of Greek yogurt, top with blueberries, and sprinkle with honey. You will have a tasty treat that will give you provide you with energy to get your day going.

The list goes on and on for why this fad has really been showing its face lately. So, do yourself a favor- stop on in to The Tea Tree and try see Matcha tea for yourself! You Matcha just find yourself hooked on it.

Liz Hartmann is a DIY blogger from North Aurora. You can find more of her at www.misslizdidit.com, as well as @misslizdidit on social media.