Daily Matcha Shots: Blasts of Energy for Heights of Bliss
If one of your current irresistible cravings is a daily blast or three of ground gourmet green tea, you have joined the ranks of modern matcha mania. Not only is this habit madly addictive, it is also outrageously healthy, which the majority of habit-forming rituals in hectic, stressful modern-day life are not. I highly recommend taking advantage of the wealth of healthful benefits this magical, natural beverage has to offer while this hot, enticing drink remains the coolest bright, green, drinkable temptation in sight (and taste).
Packed with powerhouse nutritional greats like antioxidants as polyphenols to keep those mean, oxidizing free radicals in check and the dependable amino acids of theophylline and L-theanine that carry on a constant balancing act, giving you a soothing, yet revitalizing blend of high energy and serene calm. No wonder this beverage has long been a favorite of Buddhist monks and other meditative, contemplative souls. Even when you disregard the promotional glitz and glamour surrounding this health-enhancing refreshment, there simply is no better vital, invigorating way to begin your day than with the smooth, fashionable matcha of your choice.
Energizing Matcha Shots to Start Your Day
Matcha bevies are all the rage, and with good reason, today. With the aid of your morning matcha shot, you will be wide awake, energized and alert, yet with quiet, calm sensibilities and a clear head on your shoulders to greet whatever the course of the day may bring your way. They provide that reliable, tantalizing and tasty blast of revitalizing energy and endurance to enable you to tackle virtually anything. Although it can be nice to treat yourself to a creative green tea powder mix on weekend mornings or during vacation, most people rely on a simple matcha drink recipe to start each busy weekday.
This health-focused, invigorating beverage variety has caught on with the young, the older and everyone in between. While active, youthful students and young working adults like to start their days with the blast of an energizing shot, members of the workforce enjoy a matcha shot break for that special mixture of calming mental clarity and physical stamina. Home-based moms shop bargains while surfing the Web and relaxing for a minute or two with that mid-day uplift from a rich, fruity matcha smoothie. Even busy executives take time out for a vanilla soy matcha break at Starbucks before the end of a hectic day, and everyone heads out for the simple, stylish enjoyment of a matcha martini after a long, involved day.
Just mix half a teaspoon of matcha with your favorite breakfast beverage, such as fruit juice, soy milk or a vegetable smoothie. You can even add it to yogurt or to hot or cold water or broth. Be careful to mix the matcha in well, using your whisk or a small electric milk frother to finish the drink preparation before serving. Then toss your head, knock it back and roar like a lion or lioness to announce your intention of mastering all that comes your way for the day. Some matcha lovers like making use of a matcha kit that provides exactly what you need to create the ideal morning matcha for a healthy start, sure to be both dependable and delicious.
Afternoon Pick-Me-Up Matcha Boost
About mid-afternoon you may feel the need for a healthy boost of stamina to keep up the pace and momentum of a hectic workday, busy school schedule of classes or a fully planned calendar of meetings on a business trip. Even while on a vacation excursion, you must maintain your energy and momentum to sustain you on strenuous tours or during transit between destinations. Especially when traveling abroad and eating different foods on a different daily routine than you do at home, you will welcome the comfort and rejuvenating action or your reassuring matcha fix.
Aside from its powerful antioxidants and amino acid content, matcha also offers a wide array of vitamin and mineral components to further reinforce your physical, mental and emotional strength and endurance. Strong-acting natural or organic ingredients in ceremonial, or top-grade, matcha include Vitamin A, Vitamin B-complex and Vitamins C, E and K as well as health-enhancing trace minerals. Along with polyphenols, matcha contains the additional antioxidants of chlorophyll and catechins.
Matcha Cocktail for Healthy Happy Hour
Most matcha lovers will agree that, earlier in the day, a healthy matcha latte or matcha smoothie or fresh fruit shake with matcha are the ideal choices for boosting your energy levels and maintaining a positive, productive state of mind. The only extra ingredients you may feel the need or desire for are a touch of honey or raw sugar. The full-bodied, luxurious yet natural and vitalizing substance and texture of your matcha green tea refreshment is all you need to fuel your energy levels and sustain your mental and physical focus and endurance, no matter how hectic or strenuous your day may be.
However, when four, five or six o’clock roll around in your internal clock, you may start to visualize and wish for an appealing drink with a bit more kick and ebullient after-effect—in other words, that special matcha cocktail. The following is a recipe for a tantalizing, early evening drink as recreational relaxant:
- ½ teaspoon matcha powder
- 2 teaspoons cane sugar (or light agave syrup)
- 2 tablespoons water
- 2 shots of your favorite vodka – mine is Smirnoff but you can choose whatever you like!
- seasonal fruit as decoration
First, thoroughly dissolve the matcha and sugar into the 2 tablespoons of water. Then pour this mixture into an ice-filled shaker and add the 2 shots of vodka. Shake the mix well and then coat the rim of a martini glass with sugar. Next, pour your fresh cocktail into the glass and add the decorative seasonal fruit. Sample your refreshing beverage, and if too powerful, add in a splash of soda or sparkling water to lighten the after effects of your drink. If you aren’t a fan of vodka, change it up and add your favorite gin!
Awesome Matcha Recipes for Any Hour
Enticing, refreshing matcha recipes for calm, relaxing drinks any hour of the day or night include the following delightful and highly nutritious beverages:
Almond Milk Matcha Shot
- 1 cup sweetened almond milk (or vanilla almond milk)
- 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
- Mix the matcha green tea powder and the almond milk, then pour the mix into a martini shaker. Shake the mixture thoroughly and pour the healthful drink into four shot glasses.
Matcha Fruit-Mix Smoothie
- 2 grams (or ½ teaspoon) matcha
- ½ an apple
- ¼ celery stick
- ½ a peach
- ½ banana
- 2 mint sprigs
Place all ingredients in a blender and mix to perfection, then pour into shot glass.
Matcha Fresh Melon Shot
- ½ teaspoon of ceremonial grade matcha
- ¼ cup each of fresh watermelon, honeydew and cantaloupe juice
- ¼ cup cucumber juice
Juice the melons and strain the juice, then sift the matcha into a small bowl. Add a touch of the melon juice and whisk the mixture until velvety smooth. Adding the remaining juice, whisk your drink until frothy and then pour into a shot glass.
After trying a few of your favorite recipes, get creative and concoct some awesome matcha green tea powder shots of your own. Then share them with your friends, so there can be healthy matcha shots, shots, shots for everybody!
Have you tried a matcha shot? Let us know in the comments section!