5 Reasons To Swap Your Morning Coffee for Matcha
Make it a Matcha Morning
Your daily cup of coffee is a staple in your morning routine, so it’s understandable that you might have some reservations about swapping your caffeine kick for something else. But, what if you could receive all the energy-boosting benefits of coffee and none of the disadvantages, in an equally tasty morning beverage? Opt for a morning matcha and you’ll have a sustainable energy source that’s better for your oral health and comes with powerful antioxidants and weight loss benefits.
1. Matcha | AVOID THE CAFFEINE CRASH |
You drink coffee for the caffeine-powered energy boost, but the caffeine in coffee doesn't provide sustainable, long-term vitality. Instead, you’re likely to experience a quick, short burst of energy that quickly deteriorates into a caffeine crash. So where should you turn for your morning beverage? The answer’s simple, matcha.
Although matcha doesn’t contain as much caffeine as coffee, it’ll provide a better, more sustained energy that lasts throughout the day. For a frame of reference, the average cup of coffee has about 90 mg of caffeine, and a shot of espresso has 60 mg. And, your average cup of steeped, green tea contains about 12 mg of caffeine. Matcha falls somewhere in the range of 34-58 mg of caffeine per cup.
As you can see, matcha doesn’t have the most caffeine out of all of these beverages. So why in the world is matcha better than coffee?
Let’s break it down. The second you take the first sip of that steaming mug of coffee in the morning, 100% of the caffeine rushes through your body, causing the immediate energy boost. This sounds great but after this energy boost, your caffeine high will dissipate rapidly, quickly becoming a caffeine low. Next thing you know, you’ve gone from the singing, happy-go-lucky, morning person everyone envies to the tired, irritable, unfocused coworker that people know not to talk to before 11 am.
But, if start your day off with a warm, comforting cup of matcha things play out much differently. Matcha contains an amino acid called L-Theanine, that binds with caffeine and extends its release into your bloodstream. So instead of a short burst followed by a crash, you can enjoy a sustained flow of energy that keeps you going all day. And, as an added bonus, you won’t have to deal with the jitters, tunnel vision, and difficulty focusing that often accompanies coffee. So switching to a morning matcha, just makes sense.
2. Matcha | ANTIOXIDANTS IN ACTION |
You could drink coffee, which has been proven to increase your risk of cancer. Or, you could drink matcha, which has been shown to do the exact opposite.
Like most other green teas, matcha contains a specific type of antioxidants called catechins. However, because you steep other types of green tea, you lose a large percentage of the benefits of these antioxidants. Matcha however, is a powder made from crushed tea leaves. And, instead of steeping matcha, you consume the leaf and ALL of its antioxidants, making it much more potent than green tea.
According to several different studies, the catechins in matcha have been linked to a variety of health benefits. These antioxidants will aid in heart disease prevention, weight loss, and help combat type 2 diabetes. One of these catechins, in particular, Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), has been shown to decrease your risk for cancer. So consider matcha a super-potent, cancer-fighting beverage that does much more than just give you energy.
3. Matcha | AN ORAL HYGIENE ALLY |
We’ve all been there. You’re in a meeting, on an elevator, chatting with a friend, or conversing with a coworker and wondering who can smell the coffee on your breath. Let’s face it, even though the smell of coffee brewing is widely loved, it’s a lot less appreciated hanging around in your mouth. And, not only does coffee give you bad breath, but it also stains your teeth. If you’re a big fan of yellow teeth and bad breath, keep on keeping on. But, if you’re looking for alternatives to your morning coffee, that won’t have those negative side effects, switch to matcha. It doesn’t stain your teeth and it won’t leave you reaching for the mouthwash.
4. Matcha | A HUNGER SUPPRESSANT |
Caffeine helps curb hunger, so most people think that drinking coffee will help them with their weight loss efforts. But, as we mentioned, the caffeine kick that comes with a cup of coffee is usually followed by a crash, and during that crash, you’re going to want to snack. Like coffee, matcha has caffeine. Unlike coffee, matcha won’t lead to a crash. In fact, many people drink matcha green tea specifically for its weight loss benefits. Switch your morning cup of coffee to a morning matcha, and you’ve already started the day the best way you can.5. Matcha | ABANDON THE SAME OLD, SAME OLD |
If a beverage was going to be given an award for versatility, matcha would win, no contest. No offense to coffee but it doesn’t inspire much creativity. Basically you can brew it and add milk and sweeteners. With matcha, on the other hand, the world is your oyster. Sure you can brew a piping cup of fresh matcha tea, add milk, and create a beautiful beverage that gives you the perfect energy kick and a blast of antioxidants, but unlike coffee, the journey doesn’t end there.
In fact, with matcha, the journey is just beginning. This fresh green powder is perfect for adding, not only to drinks but also to food. Amp up your morning smoothie with a dose of matcha for a quick, easy, and healthy breakfast or liven up your evening cocktail hour with Matcha, Moscow Mules. Use matcha to add a healthy aspect to indulgent donuts or spice up a smoothie bowl with its clean flavor and numerous health benefits. You can even make matcha shortbread cookies. We could go on and on and on... instead, we’ll just say that you can add this bright green powder to almost any recipe.
Make Your Mornings Better
So, let’s recap. Coffee gives you a short energy boost, causes crashes, increases your risk for cancer, stains your teeth, and gives you cravings. Matcha provides a sustained energy boost that lasts throughout the day, has cancer-fighting antioxidants, encourages weight loss, and helps prevent afternoon snacking. And while we may be a little biased (can you blame us?), the facts certainly aren’t. If you want to start your mornings off in the best way possible, swap your cup of coffee for matcha. It just makes sense.
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