I would consider myself someone who prefers to stick to the basics when it comes to health. In today's world of "superfoods," I truly believe that the easiest way to keep from getting overwhelmed (and from going broke, frankly) is to keep it simple: veggies, fruit, whole clean food- because I promise you, that's where the real magic happens.
But as you've probably realized, there's a seemingly endless supply of superfoods that fall into the "super trend" category- many of which I personally find to be overhyped, overpriced, and overused. That said, there are definitely a handful I rotate into my basic routine: doing so keeps me learning, offers new flavor options, and can add nutritional benefit when used correctly!
If you're newer to eating clean, feel free to experiment with these superfoods, but do your homework on what's worth the hype (feel free to reach out to me if you have questions on any of these- I've done a lot of reading, testing, and research bc I hate wasting money!). Furthermore, if you start to feel overwhelmed, don't forget that it's 100% ok to stick to the basics!!! 100% ok! For anyone who wants to experiment or get the low down on some of my faves, I'll be throwing some of those up on here once in a while, too. (Taking requests, always)
Now let's get to the point: I am deeply in love with Matcha powder. The love actually happened over the taste itself, when I tried a Matcha latte for the first time. It's a little earthy, a little sweet, and almost has that savory umami quality- it's very distinctive. It contains almost as much caffeine as a cup of coffee, but it's absorbed more slowly into the bloodstream due to the presence of a particular amino acid, so if coffee makes you jittery, this is your jam right here.
The health benefits of Matcha are the real deal: it's basically the powdered version of green tea, but rather than steeping loose leaves in hot water, it's dried and ground into a very fine powder. Some people swear it helps with metabolism and has a number of other benefits, but the part I want to focus on is the fact that it's an antioxidant powerhouse. In fact, one serving of Matcha contains roughly 10x the amount of antioxidants as green tea (which BTW, is already one of the greatest antioxidant sources out there. If you don't know, now you know). The particular antioxidants found in it have a couple of pretty specific benefits: they're tied to protection against heart disease/lower blood pressure, improving blood sugar regulation, and fighting against cancer...so that's good stuff.
It can be added to hot water to make a simple tea, but my favorite way to consume it is by heating a cup or so of nut milk and mixing a teaspoon of Matcha power (you'll have to stir it really well- it gets kinda lumpy), or by throwing it in protein shakes! While I generally advocate getting as much of your protein from "real" food sources as possible, I eat a mostly plant-based diet and sometimes I need to supplement with a little something extra. If you're in the same boat, adding Matcha to a nice clean vanilla or plain protein powder (Sunwarrior and Reservage are two of my faves) with some almond milk, spinach, cinnamon, vanilla, half a banana and ice is an easy way to boost antioxidants and protein, and it's damn delicious if I don't say so myself.
Want to give it a whirl yourself? You can generally find it in a health food store, or you can order it here.
Have you tried Matcha? What do you think?