Matcha tea review
I didn’t mean to disappear for the last couple of weeks but January all of a sudden got kind of crazy for me in the work department. Work has to take priority, especially when school inspections are involved. Luckily it all went great and that is behind us now. We can breathe a little easier and work has calmed down quite a lot. Only 9 more days until we have a week off!
I spent the first half of January trying to detox from all the Christmas goodies. As I mentioned before I was sent some matcha tea to try and review at the end of the month. Well, here I am! Make sure you check out the TeaPigs website for a ton of information on matcha tea and the many other teas that they sell. The staff there were super friendly and would likely answer any questions you have about the different products.
Many of you know by now if you have been reading this blog for a while that I do try to live a fairly healthy lifestyle. I slip up every now and then like any other normal person but I do try to fit balance in to my everyday life. Over the holidays I had a few too many indulgences that left me feeling a bit bloated and sluggish. I am (or was?) a coffee drinker and some days drinking 3-4 cups a day (big cups!). While drinking the matcha tea I cut down to 2 cups per day, plus a matcha shot. Now, at the end of Jan I have been able to cut down to 1 cup of coffee per day. I don’t think I’d give up coffee completely but I have felt better with drinking less of it.
At the beginning of the detox I started by replacing my afternoon (4pm) coffee with a matcha tea/shot/smoothie. This was working really well, and then eventually I started bringing the matcha to work with me and replacing my 12:30pm coffee with a matcha shot. You only need one tea a day to get the benefits from it and I have to say I did notice some positives happening..
- For one, I did have energy. I credit matcha for getting me through some tough afternoons at work, when I didn’t have a cup of coffee.
- Less mood swings. Yup, I get irritable when I drink too much coffee. Replacing it with matcha – my mood felt more balanced if you will.
- Less bloat. My mummy tummy was bloated after the holidays. A couple of weeks later this had disappeared.
- Brighter skin. I don’t know if this is because of the matcha, or less coffee drinking, or more sleep but could definitely be everything combined.
- Matcha claims to help in weight loss but to be honest I didn’t notice this. However, the bloating was gone so I did feel or appear slimmer in my tummy area. (fyi I didn’t start the matcha challenge for weight loss anyways so this wasn’t a major concern).
Overall I really enjoyed the challenge and I would continue drinking matcha tea! I prefer to drink it as a “shot,” which basically just meant that I mixed it really well with some juice and drank it back. I did have it as a traditional tea wit hot water once in a while but didn’t like it as much. I also had it as a latte where I warmed some hazelnut or vanilla rice milk and added it to the tea. This was delicious!!
The matcha challenge wasn’t to see if I could cut down on coffee but I definitely think it helped start me off. I love coffee but drinking too much really does not do me any good.
Have you ever tried matcha tea?
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*note: TeaPigs did send me the matcha tea for a review, but all opinions are my own.