Matcha powder is a newfound love of mine. For someone who does not like a lot of caffeine, I find matcha to be a great option. One thing that I love about matcha is that you can use it in so many different kinds of ways. I started out by using it in cooking, but have slowly started to expand my range of what I use it for.
What is Matcha Powder?
This is such a great question and one that I had to not too long ago. Matcha powder is stone ground green tea leaves. What I had normally done in the past was buy green tea in tea bags from the store. Although there is nothing wrong in doing this, of course, some of the nutrients are trapped in the leaves when it is diffused in water. With matcha, because the whole leaf is ground, the benefits far exceed regular green tea. Some benefits of matcha include:
- It is packed with antioxidants
- rich in fibers and vitamins
- helps prevent disease
- lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
The matcha that I use is linked here and I got it off amazon. I really like the one that I got because the powder is very fine and it came with a milk frother, a bowl, and a wooden spoon (spatula) which I thought was a nice touch.
Keep on reading for 3 ways that you can use matcha powder today, not only in the kitchen but for skin care as well.
Matcha latte’s are sooo good! After going to a coffee shop a little while ago, I ventured out and tried a matcha latte after hearing so much hype about it. I ordered an iced matcha latte and it was so good and refreshing for the summertime. However, I love that you can also drink this hot in the cold winter days. When I had the matcha latte at the coffee shop, it had a pretty strong matcha taste. When I came home that day I was determined to learn how to make them myself. I definitely did not want to pay 4 dollars for one everytime I craved it!!
For the Matcha Latte:
-about a cup of almond milk
-1/2 tablespoon of maca powder
-1/2 tablespoon of matcha powder
-dash of cinnamon
-a dollop of honey
*use a milk frother or a whisk to combine and drink, or combine over a stove to heat up.
As you can see, I am by no means a real recipe creator, as the actual proportions, I eyeball. The main point, however, is to start with that and you will figure out the perfect proportions for you over time. I swear, this recipe is so good and I love starting my day off with these!
Matcha Body Scrub
After learning about Matcha and how awesome it is, I wanted to try it in other areas of my life, such as skin care! So today I have an awesome recipe for making a matcha body scrub. This recipe is so easy I did not even have to buy anything from the store because I already had it at home!
For the Matcha Body Scrub:
-1/2 cup of white granulated sugar
-1/2 cup of coconut oil
-2 tablespoons of matcha powder
*mix it up and enjoy soft wonderful feeling skin!
Matcha Face Mask
Again, I am coming at you with another super easy recipe! I absolutely adore face masks, and something that I love to do in my free time is finding things that I have around the house and use them to create a face mask. It is unbelievable how many awesome things can be used for skin care. This recipe is super simple and so great!
For the Matcha Face Mask:
-about 1 teaspoon of honey (I like to use local honey because it has more health benefits)
-about 1 teaspoon of matcha powder
*mix it up and apply to your face, I like to leave it on for about 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water and a washcloth!
Do you know any items that can be used in the kitchen and for skincare? Let me know in the comments below!