Flagging in energy? We have the perfect cure and don’t worry, it doesn’t involve you giving up all caffeine. Our super-easy three day matcha makeover will have you feeling amazing in no time. Welcome to Day Three
If autumn has left you feeling sluggish and low in energy, we’ve got help. Healthista has teamed up with one of our favourite tea brands, Pukka, to bring you a three-day matcha tea and food plan using Pukka’s new range of healthy Matcha Green teas. So, join us and watch your energy soar. Oh, and you can win a fabulous Matcha Green hamper simply by tweeting this story with the hashtag #matchamakeover – see details below.
Today is day three of our mega matcha makeover, but don’t worry, if you missed the last two days you can catch up by clicking the links below.
So, what is matcha tea anyway? A type of green tea in a powdered form, matcha tea originates from Japan, where it’s best known for its use in tea ceremonies (Pukka have conveniently packaged the tea into tea bags for their new range). Matcha, other green teas and regular (black) tea are actually made from the same plant – camellia sinensis. Most green teas are simply made by steaming fresh Camellia leaves, but making matcha tea involves a more complex process. It’s made only from the fresh leaf tips. The plants are shaded from the sun between the time when the new leaf shoots start to appear and when they are picked. The shade is said to increase the content of chlorophyll and other nutrients, including the amino acid L-theanine (more on L-theanine below). After picking the best leaves, they’re steamed, gently air-dried, and then ground into a fine powder, removing any fibres.
Why do the makeover? One word. Energy. Actually, two words. Sustained energy. If you’re drinking lots of standard tea or coffee and feeling tired and sluggish, you might have caffeine overload, which can result on those familiar highs from caffeinated drinks that always come with inevitable energy crashes. Good news is, the caffeine in green and matcha tea is different. There’s less for a start, and it provides a steady, slow lift without the crash especially when you drink it at regular intervals throughout the day. In short, instead of giving up caffeine altogether (cue headaches, fatigue and grumpiness), with our makeover you can deliver yourself healthy, sustainable energy without the crash. It’s why Matcha Clean Green tea is our drink of choice at Healthista Towers.
Are there other benefits? Oh yes. As well as a gentle lift, matcha tea also has a rich source of antioxidants to help protect and purify. Without the high levels of caffeine found in coffee or black tea, green tea gives a gentle lift without making you feel jittery or ‘on edge’ and it also has natural metabolism-supporting activity.
It is often higher in antioxidants than other green teas, giving it greater anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory potential.
Matcha, on the other hand, is a special type of green tea made from the fresh leaf tips of tea plants and is often higher in antioxidants than other green teas, giving it greater anti-ageing and anti-inflammatory potential.
It’s great for weight loss too If you’re trying to slim down, green tea could also be your new best friend. Research has found that green tea in particular may be helpful for supporting metabolism and weight management. For example, in a study carried out with 35 obese men and women, it was found that those who drank four cups of green tea daily for two months lost significantly more weight than those who consumed a placebo.
In another trial on 10 men, it was found that when the men consumed green tea extract in the morning they had a four per cent higher energy expenditure over 24 hours (i.e. they burned four per cent more calories) than when consuming a placebo. Those who drank four cups of green tea daily for two months lost significantly more weight than those who consumed a placebo. When the men took caffeine only (the same amount as found in the green tea), this had no effect, indicating that it’s not just the caffeine at work.
In fact, green tea may support weight loss in several ways: increasing thermogenesis (calorie burning), increasing fat oxidation (burning of fat for energy), reducing fat absorption, and even reducing appetite.
How does the makeover work? On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday this week, we will be delivering you with three daily meal plans, designed by nutritionist Cassandra Barns, to provide slow-releasing energy, support the liver and detoxification. They’re all designed to be easy on digestion and restore flagging energy levels and Cassandra has suggested the best times in the day to get your strategic fixes of matcha tea. Choosing organic food where possible can help to maximise your nutrient intake and minimise your exposure to chemical residues. First, here’s a video with some ideas.
It’s the third and final day of the matcha makeover and we hope you’re loving the matcha as much as we are. Here’s day three’s yummy recipes.
THE MENU – DAY THREE
Porridge made with whole grain oats and unsweetened almond milk, with blueberries, cinnamon and chopped walnuts or pecan nuts.
Oats provide slow-releasing energy, and are a natural source of magnesium and B vitamins to help convert food to energy. Oats can also be easier to digest than wheat-based cereals. Almond milk is a good alternative to dairy milk for better digestion too. Blueberries provide antioxidants that help to neutralise free radicals created during detoxification.
1 cup of Pukka Clean Matcha Green tea
So, with breakfast, enjoy a cup of Clean Matcha Green for a fresh start to the day. Clean Matcha Green contains a unique blend of organic matcha and green teas with natural plant extracts to cleanse and support detoxification.
1 cup of Ginseng Matcha Green tea
A warming drink of energising Ginseng Matcha Green mid morning can help provide a gentle energy boost to get you through until lunchtime. Ginseng Match Green tea contains a unique blend of super green tea and natural botanicals which help to revitalise and boost energy – great to power a workout and lift your day.
Ginseng Match Green tea contains a unique blend of super green tea and natural botanicals which help to revitalise and boost energy
Mixed green salad (spinach, rocket and watercress) with leftover roasted veggies
Top with sliced hard-boiled eggs or chopped feta cheese, or roasted turkey or chicken slices (or a combination of all of these). Drizzle with olive oil and a teaspoon of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar, and a sprinkle of freshly ground black pepper. For an extra detoxing boost, top with alfalfa sprouts or mixed fresh sprouts (you can buy them in most health food stores).
The bitter greens are fantastic for stimulating digestive juices, as well as supporting your liver
The bitter greens are fantastic for stimulating digestive juices, as well as supporting your liver. The roasted veg provide slow-releasing carbohydrates as well as vitamin C and antioxidants, and the protein source (egg, feta or chicken) will help sustain that energy and keep you full until your evening meal.
1 cup of Mint Matcha Green tea
And sipping on Mint Matcha Green after dinner can be ideal for digestive support after a larger meal. Pukka’s Mint Matcha Green tea is a delicious blend of organic Sencha and Matcha green teas with the finest spearmint and fieldmint.
1 cup of Supreme Matcha tea
Teriyaki salmon with brown rice and broccoli
Broccoli provides those sulphur compounds – glucosinolates – that are thought to support detoxification. Brown rice is easy to digest and provides slow-releasing energy, to help ensure a good night’s sleep.
1 cup of warm water, or cup of non-caffeinated herbal tea
Broccoli provides those sulphur compounds – glucosinolates – that are thought to support detoxification
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