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.
[yumprint-recipe id=’1′] I had my favorite taste-tester give them a try, and he gave a solid thumbs up! (First he asked, is there spinach in these?) I can taste a hint of the powder, mostly because I know its in there. Again, it is a taste that I like so I enjoy the hint of flavor it adds. So what are the benefits of matcha powder? According to the Kiss Me Organics website:
- 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!
[yumprint-recipe id=’2′]Finally, Kiss Me Organics was kind enough to offer a free package of Organic Matcha powder for one of my readers to try out!
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:)