Both are green, comes from the same plant and are cousins. Have you guessed what it is? (it doesn’t take a genius to) Yes, it’s MATCHA and GREEN TEA. The only difference is the way they are being harvested.
Matcha is grounded powder of green tea leaves. The green tea plants used to make matcha are placed under the shade to grow for three to four weeks before being harvested. But why under the shade? Don’t plants need sunlight to grow?
While the plant is growing under the shade, it produces more theanine and caffeine. It’s basically just the components of matcha that makes it matcha. It contains antioxidants that fight free radicals in your body. Not to mention, it also boosts metabolism, burns calories, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar. It does the job of calming the mind and relaxing the body too.
As for green tea, the leaves are harvested and then are quickly heated by pan firing or steaming. They are then dried to prevent too much oxidation.
Compared to matcha, green tea has little caffeine content due to the process of growth. However, it does increase metabolism and regulates glucose levels just like matcha. It also can help with wrinkles and signs of ageing.
Sooo, if by any chance you have matcha powder or green tea stored somewhere in your house and you have no idea what to do with it, we’ve got your back.
Here’s a list of it:
It’s the easiest and basic thing you can do with matcha or green tea leaves. We actually tried matcha tea as well as matcha Dalgona Coffee with SEEIN Matcha on our YouTube channel. (Psst… go watch it!)
Step One: Sanitise cup with hot water
Step Two: Sift 1-2 tsp of matcha into a cup using a small sifter
Step Three: Add 60ml of water, best to use water just under a boil
Step Four: Whisk vigorously in zig zag motion until frothy
Step Five: Enjoy!
As for green tea, if your green tea leaves are loose, get a tea infuser so you can place it into your cup after pouring warm water (water that is just under boil). Let it sit for 2 -3 minutes for the tea leaves to soak and diffuse. Once you notice the water turning slightly yellowish or brown, remove the tea infuser. THEN ENJOYYY!
#2 Eat ‘em!
As powder, you could put matcha into almost anything. You could put it into your baked goods like cakes, muffins, cookies, pancakes, waffles, the list goes on. You just have to replace a small amount of flour with matcha powder and you’re good to go.
You could even make your own matcha noodles! It’ll require a pasta machine. If you don’t have one then you could roll it out with a rolling pin, which you CAN do too since you’re stuck at home with nothing to do anyways.
The ingredients you would need:
- ½ teaspoon of kosher salt (or sea salt)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon of SEEIN Matcha Powder
- 1 tablespoon of sesame oil
- ¼ cup of water
- 2 cups of all- purpose flour
The directions you would need to follow:
Step 1: Combine all ingredients into a food processor
Step 2: Blend until dough starts to come together
Step 3: Occasionally stop blending and scrap down the sides and fold in
Step 4: Then blend for another 15 seconds to knead the dough
Step 5: Take dough out and form into a ball then cover with plastic wrap, let it rest for 1 hour
Step 6: Remove plastic wrap, and flatten out the dough with pasta machine (or rolling pin)
Step 7: With the pasta machine, run the flatten dough through the fettuccine cutter. Or you could fold the dough into thirds folds and cut them by hand
Step 8: Boil for 3-4 minutes, then drain and serve with your sauce!
#3 Let’s get a facial!
The antioxidants in matcha are also known to be good for skincare because it reduces acne and increases the skin’s elasticity. So, go ahead and make your own matcha mask! It’s super easy!
A teaspoon of matcha, a teaspoon of baking soda and 2 tablespoons of water (or honey to thicken) is all you need. Mix well then apply it onto your clean face avoiding the eye area. Make sure you smooth the mask evenly all over your face. Leave it on for 10 – 15 mins, then wash it off with warm water.
It’s important to make sure what you put into the matcha mask corresponds to your daily skincare routine.
If you have oily to normal skin, replace the baking soda with aloe vera gel. If you have dry skin, replace baking soda with coconut oil. You don’t have to add water if you’re using aloe vera or coconut oil.
#4 *Scrub* *Scrub*
Since we’ve settled on the face, how about our body? Why buy when you can make your own body scrub. Here’s what you need:
- 1 bowl of coarse bath salt
- ½ bowl of SEEIN Matcha
- 5 drops of herbal oil
- 2 drops of lime oil
Firstly, add all the ingredients together and mix well. Once mixed, sieve the mixture. This is to make sure there are no lumps or residue. Lastly, transfer the mixture into containers and you are ready to use.
There are so many things you can do with matcha and everything you do with it will benefit you one way or another. Be it if you drink, eat, put it on your face or all over your body – matcha is certainly good.
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