Teatox Matcha Starter Set

June 16, 2017

Hi beauties! Hope you're all doing well. We're back from our holidays in Croatia so it's time for a new blog post. I was super lazy on our vacation and for a minute there I did think I should write something like "products I took with me" post but I very quickly changed my mind and just enjoyed my time there. You can see some pictures on my Instagram from the beautiful Mali LoĊĦinj and see how beautiful the sea is there, and there is also a short video of the holidays on my Facebook page if you want to have a look.  

 Instead of products I took with me or some other holiday inspired post I kinda feel more like talking about matcha tea today. You may be thinking what is wrong with me talking about tea in this hot weather. Well like most, if not all teas, matcha is one of those teas that can be drink as a cold drink. You may have heard of iced matcha tea lattes. I haven't tried that yet since I don't mind drinking a warm tea even in the summer, but I just wanted to mention this option. But what matcha even is and why has been getting all the rave?

Matcha is a special type of powdered green tea and has a long tradition in Japanese culture. The green tea leaves are shaded from the sun for the last few weeks of their growth, increasing the chlorophyll content and creating a gorgeous green color. Then, the leaves are carefully ground with stone grinding wheels to produce a fine powder. It is then stored away from light and oxygen in order to preserve its gorgeous green color and antioxidant properties. And the later is the main reason why I started drinking it. I've been a fan of green tea for ever and since matcha has a much bigger content of antioxidants it was an obvious next step. Not only it is an antioxidant powerhouse, one of the benefits that I notice is that it gives a boost of energy. But the effect is different than that energy boost you get with coffee. It lasts longer and there are no spikes and crashes. I read somewhere that it just comes on gently and leaves just as gently and I agree with that. Works great! Talking about matcha & coffee there is something else definitely worth mentioning. There is none of that coffee breath and supposedly it also doesn't stain your teeth. Oh yeah! The taste of both is different tho. Jaka doesn't like matcha because to him it tastes like broccoli. Haha to me it doesn't but since matcha is full of chlorophyll he might be onto something. But like I said, to me it doesn't taste bad or vegetable-like, it's like a mild green tea and I really like it.
There are some other health benefits of matcha. It boosts memory, burn calories and detoxifies the body, to name a few. Unlike other types of teas, the green tea powder is not strained out before consuming, so you are consuming the entire leaf, making Matcha more potent than other tea varieties. There is also this whole ceremony surrounding the making of matcha tea. I'm no expert but I did wanted to try the traditionally used bamboo whisked, called chasen. That was one of the main reason I picked up this Teatox Matcha Starter Set* on LoveLula. As you can see the set comes with the whisk and Japanese Organic Matcha Tea Poweder (30 g). These two provide a perfect duo for your own personal tea ceremony. I've been really enjoying them and a while back I also made a video where I shared how I mix my own matcha tea. Well technically it's matcha tea latte since I blend the green tea with mylk (oat or rice) and a teaspoon of coconut sugar. You'll see in the video. I also want to mention that I like to avoid regular teaspoons when I'm making matcha, I only use wooden utensils. I don't know if there is an actual point in doing this, some avoid them and some don't. I also don't like using stainless steel straws for my smoothies because I feel it reacts to the nutrients. Didn't google it, it's just the feeling I'm receiving. Anywho, I've been really enjoying using this Teatox Matcha Starter Set and if you're new to this whole matcha madness then I highly suggest trying it out.
You can get it here.

Have you tried Matcha? What are your thoughts about it?

Much love,

Jana xx

*sample generously provided
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