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Tired of Feeling Tired? Try Matcha…

Posted May 13, 2015 by Bethanie Lunn

Tired of being tired? Me too!  I’m the kinda woman that can’t function without her morning coffee.  No coffee, no talkie.  I’m the Wicked Witch of the West before coffee and Glenda the Good Witch after!

I love the taste and smell of coffee too but I don’t love the fact that I’m so reliant on it so I set about finding healthier, more natural ways of boosting my energy.  After all, if you’re anything like me, you exist on little sleep so if there’s a natural pick-me-up out there, you’ll take it right?

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I discovered BLOOM’s organic matcha (powdered green tea from Japan) which has 4 x less caffeine than coffee but 4 x more energy! How?  A special amino acid present in matcha, called L-Theanine, drip feeds a small amount of caffeine for hours on end and without the energy crash after.

Other Benefits

  • BLOOM’s Supercharge Matcha combines organic Japanese Matcha with maca root and guarana for an energizing green tea powder that’s naturally high in fibre with no added sugars but contains naturally occurring sugars
  • Ideal for breakfast.  1⁄2 a teaspoon of matcha has more antioxidants per gram than goji berries, dark chocolate, pecans, walnuts, pomegranate, wild blueberries, acai berries, broccoli and spinach combined
  • Matcha is also known to help lower cholesterol, fight cancer and burn up to 40% more calories

Sold?  To get you started, I created a new way to have my matcha each day to try all variations and recommend the favourites; my Matcha the Day if you will.  So here’s some inspiration if you want to give it a whirl…

Matcha the Day

Day 1. Matcha Latte

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I stirred the recommended half a teaspoon each time and on day one, into foamed whole milk using my coffee machine.  This formed a green tea latte effect which, if you can get used to the green froth, was by far my most favourite way to have it.  I needed no sweetener either.

Result: I felt uplifted, happy and energised.  Over the next four hours that followed, I truly felt a slow release of energy but I found myself thinking about coffee.  Not because I needed one but because I missed it from my routine.  So around 2.30pm, I parked myself in a cafe to work and bought a flat white.  I felt pretty awful after, a headache came on minutes after finishing and I felt rather nauseas too.  You’ll find some advice from BLOOM onwards to boost your energy and one of their tips is to not have afternoon coffee.  I can see why as I felt groggy and had a lack of energy which put me off coffee!

Day 2: Matcha Shot

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I stirred half a teaspoon into iced water in a shot glass.  This was pretty brutal.  Unless you love the taste of green tea, this is far too potent.  I did just knock it back and you can of course enjoy it in lots of ways but, in comparison to yesterdays lovely latte, this won’t be the way I have it.  I did however feel uplifted again and had no coffee!

Day 3.  Apple-Kale Matcha Smoothie

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Something very peculiar has happened, while I was working, I found myself craving a matcha tea and not a coffee!  When I thought about having a coffee, I felt nauseous so around 3pm, I felt a huge energy slump and grew tired.  Even one of my colleagues on the phone commented how tired I sounded so I knew I had to do something.  I found it fascinating that I turned to matcha three days in, and got my fix this time with a light lunch in the form of a kale-apple smoothie, which I added my matcha too.  It made me feel like I’d done something good for myself.  no coffee today.

Days 4 and 5: My Favourite

I had a coffee on day four but not because I needed one, because I wanted one and that’s okay.  I will still continue to drink coffee because I enjoy it but I have already seen a shift in my energy and no longer rely on it.  I did however, feel jittery afterwards with a rapid lift followed by an energy slump so I had a green tea latte which lifted me up!  Day five it was just matcha.

Day 6: Matcha Avocado on Toast

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I mixed matcha into smashed avacado on toast topped with a perfectly poached egg and Himalayan salt.  This added a new dimension to this classic brunch dish and gave me the same benefits.  You can mix into any food or drink.  I often enjoyed it with porridge and berries too.  No coffee, just a high quality decaff to satisfy my ritual and enjoy the taste.

Day 7:  Matcha Tea with Manuka Honey

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I added matcha to hot water and a generous teaspoon of manuka honey.  Yum!

In Summary

Overall, I’m whole heartedly impressed with matcha as I felt first hand, the benefits which are all true to claims.  If you don’t mind a bright green drink and find your own way, perhaps from this menu, to enjoy it – you might start putting an end to energy slumps like I have.

Do I still drink coffee?  Yes I do but as a treat and not as an energy fix.  I go to matcha for that now which for the Wicked Witch of the West is MAJOR!

More Energy Tips

BLOOM Tea has put together five easy ways to help you feel energized, in addition to your daily matcha of course. You’ll regret not trying at least a few of these life-changing tips:

1. Exercise. When you are feeling worn out, exercise is the last thing you want to do, however it’s proven that a little physical activity releases endorphins, which will give you a positive and happy state of mind. You’ll soon be running back to the gym for more!

2. Avoid afternoon coffee. As the day drags on we all feel fatigued late afternoon and some of us tend to pep up our attention with a coffee. The caffeine ‘hit’ does the job, but only for a very short while before the ‘crash’ kicks and this extreme swing doesn’t do your adrenal glands any good. In fact, you’ll feel more exhausted so you’ll repeat the cycle, which slowly drains your immune system too.

3. Eat less sugar. Avoid refined sugars and artificially sweetened drinks and snacks. Start paying attention to the traffic- light warnings on packaging and you’ll be shocked how excessive your daily sugar intake probably is. Try stocking up on healthier high protein snacks, nuts and berries instead.

4. Don’t miss meals. Studies show that eating regular meals, including breakfast, provides more regular energy release throughout the day. Fuel your body with a balanced diet that includes all food groups and you may even choose to supplement your diet with essential vitamins and minerals. Overall your mood and wellbeing will improve.

5. Drink more water. It seems obvious, but we work long hours and neglect our fluid intake. A dehydrated body is a tired body. You should be drinking at least 2litres of water every day to keep your body ticking along nicely.

BLOOM Organic Matcha costs £16.99 (30g) and is available at Holland & Barrett, Harvey Nichols, Selfridges, Wholefoods, Planet Organic and www.BloomTea.co.uk

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