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20 Healthy Teas. After all the feasting that happens in November and December, January offers a different path. Tea is a fat-free, alcohol-free beverage with character. If drinking more tea is a New Year’s resolution, here are ideas for incorporating it into every day.
Making traditional matcha green tea is fun and easy. We are big fans of matcha, the premium Japanese powdered green tea that inspired the Japanese tea ceremony and provides the main ingredient in a variety of tea treats, including green tea lattes, smoothies and ice cream. Rich in antioxidants and nutrients, its complex and addictive flavor may quickly become a favorite of yours too. It also contains an amino acid, L-theanine, that is know to promote calm and a relaxed mind.
By using a tea bowl (“chawan”), bamboo tea scoop (“chashaku”) and bamboo whisk (“chasen”), you will be whipping up bowls of froty matcha in no time. Find your inner tea master and check out our video for more details.
Green tea ice cream is one of my favorites. Before I worked for Mighty Leaf, I always wondered how they made it so green and tasty. Matcha, a green tea powder made from ground Japanese premium green tea leaves, is the wonder ingredient. Rich in taste and flavor, Matcha is a versatile ingredient that can be used to make beverages like lattes, frappes and ice cream. Some chefs add it to gourmet chocolates, or sprinkle it on fish. Think of it as a spice, and use accordingly. If you're looking for a unique spin on ice cream, with a bit of caramel sauce to boot, check out the recipes below.
Green tea is well known for it's pure, sweet and delicious taste in addition to potential health benefits. In Japan, green tea is the beverage of choice whether it's paired with food, drunk on a subway platform or in connection with the ancient Japanese tea ceremony started during the 15th century. In general, Japan only produces green tea, much of which is consumed internally. Boasting a distinctive fresh green character and appearance, Japanese green tea is processed differently than the Chinese green teas. After the tea is picked, it's steamed to neutralize oxidation versus the Chinese pan-fired method. As a result the Japanese teas yield an oceanic flavor profile as opposed to a savory or buttery taste often associated with Chinese green tea varietals.
Ever wonder how green tea ice cream is made or the green tea latte you had at Starbucks? Matcha is the key ingredient, a tea powder made from premium green tea unique to Japan. Essential to the celebrated Japanese green tea ceremony, Matcha is well- known for its health benefits and rich, intense taste. Versatile enough for any season, this tea powder is ideal in summer for making green tea ice cream, iced tea lattes and green tea smoothies.
Green tea, which has been consumed for more than 4,000 years, has been the focus of many health claims. The earliest recorded book extolling the virtues of green tea is the Kissa Yojoki (Book of Tea), which was published in 1191 by a Zen priest, Eisai. The first sentence of the book goes like this: "Tea is the ultimate mental and medical remedy and has the ability to make one's life more full and complete."