I was recently contacted by Kiss Me Organics about trying their Organic Matcha Green Tea Powder. I had read about matcha on other blogs and was definitely interested in giving it a try. I love green tea, and have known of some of the benefits of green tea for a while. However, as it’s gotten hotter out I have found myself not wanting to drink a hot cup of tea. When I found out that matcha powder can be used in smoothies, baked goods, and more, I was excited to try it out! (And make sure you check out the bottom of this post if you are interested in trying it out for yourself!)
When I first received the package, I noticed that there was no expiration date. However, I contacted the company and they told me that they order the product every month and it has a shelf life of at least two years. I was told they would consider adding an expiration date to eliminate any confusion. I also noticed that it smelled a little bit like green tea! (I’m not sure what I expected it to smell like, but to me this was a good thing because I enjoy the flavor of green tea so much). I first used the powder in my regular smoothies during the week. When I added a small amount (1 tsp) I didn’t taste it, but when I added closer to 2 tsp I could taste a hint of the flavor in my smoothie. I think it also depends on what other ingredients are used. I knew I wanted to try baking with the matcha powder before posting this review, so this weekend I looked for a recipe to try it in. (I was a sent a recipe guide with many different ways to use the powder, but I wanted to try it in something of my own). I found this recipe for Mint Chocolate Chip cookies and figured it would be fun to try it in those since the powder would make them turn green! I made some changes to the recipe based on the ingredients I had on hand.
- 2 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 2 Tbsp matcha powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1/2 tsp baking powder
- 1 cup butter, softened
- 1 egg
- 1 cup white sugar
- 1/2 cup brown sugar
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 tsp peppermint extract
- 1/2 cup andes mints (chopped)
- 1/2 cup chocolate chips
- Preheat oven to 375.In a medium bowl, combine flour, matcha powder, baking soda, and baking powder. In a large bowl, using an electric mixer, combine butter and sugar. Add egg, vanilla, and peppermint. Gradually add in dry ingredients. Mix in andes mints and chocolate chips by hand. Drop by tablespoon onto ungreased baking sheet. Bake for 8-10 minutes.
- Matcha provides 4-6 hours of mild, steady energy as it acts as a stimulant and relaxant
- Matcha can increase the bodies thermogenesis (the bodies rate of burning calories)
- 137 x the antioxidants of brewed green tea (antioxidants can help prevent age-related diseases)
- Improved skin health
I would say that I enjoy green tea and matcha powder for the antioxidants and improved skin health. I didn’t particularly notice an increase in energy, but I also drink coffee in the morning around the same time that I was drinking my smoothies. (I only ate one of the cookies so far, and again I had just drank a few cups of coffee). Since today is the first day of the June Sunday Smoothie Link up, I decided to use one of my Matcha Smoothie Recipes to share!
- 1 small banana, frozen
- 1 cup mixed frozen berries
- 2 cup spinach, frozen
- 3/4 cup plain greek yogurt
- 1 tbsp almond butter
- 2 tsp matcha powder
- 1 cup orange juice (or enough to get it all moving)
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until well combined. Enjoy!
I was sent a free package of Organic Match Green Tea Powder to review, but was not compensated for this post. All opinions are my own:)