green tea health benefits + matcha green tea powder review

This post was created in collaboration with Kiss Me Organics. All opinions are my own.

Please note that we are not dietitians or nutritionists. The posts we create are based on our own personal experiences and, therefore, should not be taken as medical advice. Please talk with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. 

Health Benefits of Green TeaI’m pretty consistent when it comes to my morning time routine. Workout, clean up, school run, breakfast and vitamins…then start the day. The only thing that changes typically is what I’m eating for breakfast, which depends on how much time and/or energy I have in the morning. However, two months ago I turned the big 3-5 and since then I’ve been researching the vitamins I take and wondering what else I should be focusing on now that I’m officially in my mid-thirties. Anti-aging supplements, of course, came immediately to mind, but so too did the importance of adding more antioxidants to my diet. 

“Antioxidants are the nutritional equivalent of man’s best friend – they are loyal protectors and nurturers of our cells, repelling disease, and promoting good health. They are believed to protect cells from free radicals and harmful oxygen molecules thought to damage cells that result in cancer, atherosclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, and rheumatoid arthritis. And they may be the underlying reason why we age” (source).

Although I eat blueberries several times throughout the week, it just didn’t seem like enough. So when Kiss Me Organics, the makers of Organic Matcha, approached me to try out their green tea powder, I jumped at the opportunity!

Organic Matcha

I knew green tea was loaded with antioxidants and had tons of health benefits, but before I even received the green tea powder in the mail, I quickly scoured the Internet for a more specific breakdown of its potential benefits. Here’s what I found. Green tea (source):

  1. Contains various bioactive compounds that can improve health,
  2. Has compounds that improve brain function and make you smarter,
  3. Increases fat burning and improves physical performance, 
  4. May lower your risk of various types of cancer,
  5. May protect your brain in old age, lowering your risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s,
  6. Can kill bacteria, which improves dental health and lowers your risk of infection,
  7. May lower your risk of type II diabetes,
  8. May reduce your risk of cardiovascular disease,
  9. Can help you lose weight and lower your risk of becoming obese,
  10. May help you live longer!

Wow! I knew green tea was great, but this is phenomenal!

so why organic matcha?

Although I do love green tea, drinking it everyday is difficult for me. It’s not quite as delicious or comforting as my morning cup of coffee. I find it even harder to drink green tea, or any dark, rich flavored tea for that matter, in the summer. Organic Matcha gives me all the benefits of green tea, but in a powder form. Which means (just like protein powders), I can add it to almost anything – smoothies, lattes, baking, even dinner recipes! 

Organic Matcha

a few fun facts

Unlike most green teas, Matcha is a fine-ground, powdered, high quality green tea that actually contains the entire leaf. 

Green tea’s dominant antioxidant is EGCG, and this is what’s linked with so many health perks. Interestingly, for the brewable teas, EGCG quantities range from 25 mg per serving to 86 mg per serving depending on the brand of tea (source). Matcha’s EGCG is at least three times greater than this amount (source).

Did you know that, by weight, matcha contains several dozen times more antioxidants than blueberrieswolfberriespomegranatesorange juicespinach, or even dark chocolate (source)?

More specifically, Organic Matcha provides the following benefits: 

Benefits of Green Tea

I’m really happy that Organic Matcha gives me the flexibility to include it in my diet the way I want. In the past month since I’ve started using Organic Matcha, I’ve mostly been putting into my morning smoothie. It’s so easy! I’m thrilled to know I’ve added such amazing health and nutritional benefits to my regime without having to do very much at all.

bonuses

For a limited time, Kiss Me Organics is offering a BUY ONE GET ONE 50% OFF on Amazon! So hurry before the sale ends!

They’ve also put together a fantastic recipe guide ebook that they email to you after purchase. It has fifty plus simple recipes that makes incorporating this supplement into yours and your family’s lives that much easier. Since I’m such a morning person, here are a couple of my morning favorites.

powerhouse breakfast smoothie
Serves 2
The perfect smoothie to get your day started off right!
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 mango
  2. 1 banana
  3. 1 cup of frozen broccoli
  4. 1/2 cup of strawberries
  5. 1/2 cup of pineapple juice
  6. 2 teaspoons of Organic Matcha
  7. 1 cup of ice
  8. 1/2 to 1 cup of cold water
Instructions
  1. Place 1/2 cup of the water and all other ingredients into a blender.
  2. Blend for about 30 seconds, adding more water if desired.
  3. Pour into two glasses, share (or keep them both for yourself), and enjoy!
Adapted from Kiss Me Organics
Adapted from Kiss Me Organics
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organic green tea latte
A smooth and creamy organic green tea latte perfect for every morning!
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Prep Time
5 min
Prep Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 teaspoon of Organic Matcha green tea powder
  2. 1/3 cup of hot water, not boiling
  3. 2 teaspoons of agave nectar or organic honey
  4. 8 ounces of warmed almond milk, heated but not boiling
Instructions
  1. Whisk together powder and water until the powder has dissolved completely.
  2. Add sweetener and stir together well.
  3. Add the milk and stir together well.
  4. For a frothier drink, pulse in a blender or use a frothing wand.
Notes
  1. For an iced latte: prepare recipe to step 3, then add 1/2 cup of ice and mix well in a blender. Pour over ice.
Adapted from Kiss Me Organics
Adapted from Kiss Me Organics
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This post was created in collaboration with Kiss Me Organics. All opinions are my own.

Please note that we are not dietitians or nutritionists. The posts we create are based on our own personal experiences, and, therefore, should not be taken as medical advice. Please talk with your doctor before starting any diet or exercise program. 


11 thoughts on “green tea health benefits + matcha green tea powder review

  1. Dragons Den had a bidding war over the product, so I figured it to be a good try. I have been using Steeped Tea matcha green powder tea for 6 weeks. I am not tolerant to drugs and have fibromyalgia and now developing rheumatoid arthritis. It has made the world of difference. My depression is almost gone, though it comes back every so often. The pain is tolerable now. I put it on and in everything.
    A friend sends me your link every so often when she reads something that I would be interested in. I pay $60 for 100g tin of powder. But it still looks like I have not used any at all. It lasts for ages.
    Expensive but better than the side of effects of drugs.

  2. I’m already a habitual tea drinker (mainly green tea, though I like all types) but you’re right — it’s hard to drink a hot cup of tea in summer, especially on muggy days. I’d never really considered substituting my daily hot tea with some sort of cold matcha drink, though it makes a lot of sense! I’ll have to give it a shot. Thanks!
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  3. Green tea is gaining popularity due to its immense benefits. Green not only help in losing weight and increase the metabolism. The only problem with the Green Teas is its expensive and out of reach for common people as compared to normal tea.

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