Kiss Me Organics sent me a packet Matcha of to try out.
Basically Matcha is ground up green tea leaves. Green tea leaves are filled with antioxidants. Confused about what exactly antioxidants are? Anti-oxidants protect against ‘free radicals’. Free radicals are substances that oxidize your cells, which is the cause for many diseases such as cancer, heart disease, age related eye disease and age related diseases such as dementia.
Still confused? Think about the process of a sliced apple out on the counter. It will eventually turn brown. Think of the brownness as the free radicals (bad). Then think about if you pour lemon juice on the apple right after you cut it. The apple does not turn brown as quickly, the lemon juice prevents the brownness. Think of the lemon juice as antioxidants. So in summary lemon juice (antioxidants) prevents and slows down the development of a brown apple (bad).
Kiss Me Organics indicates that Matcha Powder is an energy booster, a calorie burner and has 137x the amount of antioxidants than brewed tea. I really don’t believe in super foods or foods that cure anything, but I won’t deny that Match Powder is a healthy addition to the diet. I am not 100% sure of their claims, but I did notice that one day I had a headache and after I drank a cup of Matcha tea latte, my headache went away. I’ll take it!
So far with the Matcha powder I made green tea lattes. I was going to play around with it a little bit more before I posted a recipe, but yesterday I made (drum roll please), green tea short bread cookies! Now I’m not claiming they are healthy, but they do have a great punch of antioxidants and of course they taste delicious too. They had the perfect taste of matcha. I thought they would be good, but after one bite I realized they were better than good. Don’t you love it when that happens!
Green tea shortbread cookies
1 stick softened butter
1/4 cup granulated sugar
1/4 cup confectionery sugar
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
2 teaspoons of match powder
pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Cream butter, sugar, vanilla extract and egg in a bowl. In a separate bowl mix together the dry ingredients. Combine until all ingredients are incorporated. Form into 1 inch balls and cook for 10 minutes.