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The Determined Matcha Drinker

August 1, 2014

The following is a guest post by The Determined Matcha Drinker, aka lifestyle blogger Whitney Bryson.  Whitney contacted me and wanted to share her matcha journey with the world.  Since we are all new to matcha in the states, I happily agreed.  Read on to see how she went from excited to cringeful to experimental to joyous matcha morning bliss.  Share your story in comments or on our Facebook page.

The Determined Matcha Drinker

- by Whitney Bryson

Gotcha Matcha Cafe Grade Matcha from Matcha Source

Gotcha Matcha tastes great with bright citrus flavors.

After reading its many rave reviews and a few clicks of my mouse the answer to my body’s prayers was on its way via USPS.

I was sold when I read the word “energy” which is somewhat of a novelty for many of us. I’ll take all I can get!

For the past 3 years I’ve been an on-again off-again juicer and more recently a somewhat picky lover of tea. My incessant need to travel makes being a religious juicer pretty difficult so I’m always on the lookout for an on-the-road substitute.

I’ve juiced enough spinach, kale and bok choy to build up a tolerance to a punch of flavor that doesn’t quite appeal to my sweet tooth, but nothing could prepare me for matcha.

I mixed one teaspoon of my café grade tea with 8oz of hot water. For the mixer I used a battery powered stick mixer. These are perfect for any of you who suffer with arthritis in your hands or, like me, have tendonitis. I let it cool for just a minute and then excitedly took my first sip.

As much as I fear that I’ll be excommunicated from the matcha lovers club -a club that only exists in my head- I have to confess, I didn’t love my first taste of matcha.

As much as I fear that I’ll be excommunicated from the matcha lovers club -a club that only exists in my head- I have to confess, I didn’t love my first taste of matcha.

Ok, I’m trying to break the news gently. The brutal truth is, I couldn’t stand it.

How many of you have seen the YouTube video of babies tasting lemons for the first time? Yep, that was my reaction.

But I don’t give up that easily!

“One week.” I promised myself. “I’ll drink it for one week before I chalk it up as another experiment.”

Day 1: Plain ol’ matcha was a no go, but I wasn’t going to let it go to waste so I reluctantly drank up.

Dat 2: Matcha with milk? Nope. I was oh so excited with the idea of getting my daily matcha and a glass of almond milk in the same sitting, but the excitement was short lived.

Day 3: Matcha smoothie? Never again. My favorite smoothie is mixed berries with one banana, Greek yogurt, chia seeds, flax seeds and spinach. To give it an extra boost of goodness I added a teaspoon of matcha, but my taste buds were none too pleased.

Day 4: Another plain ol’ cup of hot matcha tea again just in case I was exaggerating the first time. Double nope.

“Hold up. Is it just me or do I feel amazing?”

Day 5: Matcha with yogurt. Not sure why I even tried. If the smoothie didn’t work why did I think this would?

Day 6: Pineapple juice. Oh so close! I mixed one teaspoon of matcha with 8 oz. of juice. The pineapple juice almost masked the taste enough for me to commit to it on a daily basis, but not quite.

For the final day I reverted to my trick for weaning myself onto juicing… orange juice. I’m a Floridian after all. I was pretty much raised on the stuff.

Day 7: Success! No face crinkling needed!

Matcha and "friends" - make your own creation with nuts, fruits and berries

Matcha and “friends” – make your own creation with nuts, fruits and berries

And it’s been a teaspoon of matcha with a glass of orange juice ever since.

So to all of you who are struggling to find the perfect matcha drink to start your day, don’t give up!

So to all of you who are struggling to find the perfect matcha drink to start your day, don’t give up! It’s a tea worth sticking with. The energy it gives me keeps me alert and happy throughout the day…

It’s a tea worth sticking with. The energy it gives me keeps me alert and happy throughout the day so that I can go above and beyond for my customers and keep up with my dog Ace.

Try it! You’re going to love the way you feel!

Dr. Oz and Chris Kilham on “The Champagne of Green Tea,” Matcha Tea

January 23, 2014
"The tea every woman should drink," As seen on Dr. Oz with Chris Kilham

“The tea every woman should drink,” As seen on Dr. Oz with Chris Kilham

 

http://www.doctoroz.com/episode/24-hour-body-cameron-diaz?video_id=3058862437001

Cameron Diaz on Dr. Oz Recommends Matcha Tea for Energy and Weightloss

January 15, 2014
Cameron Diaz Recommends Matcha Tea on Dr. Oz

Cameron Diaz Recommends Matcha Tea

On his Jan. 15 episode, Dr. Mehmet Oz talked with superstar Cameron Diaz about her new nutrition book and weight loss tips. In addition, Dr. Oz unveiled matcha tea, a drink that he says can reduce stress and block fat.

The key to weight loss, says Cameron, is choosing the right foods to satisfy your cravings while boosting your health.

Dr. Oz  talked about matcha tea for weight loss.  In addition, Dr. Oz says that matcha can reduce anxiety because it contains L-Theanine, an amino acid which relaxes you.

Matcha tea also strengthens your immune system and prevents cardiovascular disease. In addition, Dr. Oz considers matcha tea to be effective for weight loss, because it blocks fat and prevents it from being absorbed.

Read more about the health benefits of matcha tea on our website, www.matchasource.com.

(source: examiner.com 1.15.2014)

Laura Klein, Publisher of Organic Authority Shares her Morning Matcha Ritual

October 23, 2013

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Q and A with Our Neighbor Carrie Tanenbaum Dr. of Chinese Medicine L.Ac. Acupuncturist and Herbalist

October 8, 2013
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Carrie Tanenbaum, Acupuncturist recommends matcha to her clients

For how long have you been drinking matcha tea?
I’ve recently come back after a few years.

What brought you back to matcha?
Seeing your store on West 3rd St. and tasting it again and realizing how good I felt when I drink and loving the whole ritual of it. Plus the added benefit of it being so healthy for you.

Do you recommend matcha tea to your clients?
Yes, for my cancer recovery patients and to my patients that I am trying to wean off multiple cups of coffee and to patients who want recommendations for great health.

What’s your favorite to prepare it?
Just hot tea with the froth. I love the sea foam.

Passions and Interests?
Yoga, keeps me energized and centered and clam just like matcha.

Where can people find you?
I practice out of Healing Hands down the block from your store on West 3d St. in West Hollywood.  Or visit my website carrietanebaum.com

Film Crew: Post Gets a Boost from Matcha

October 3, 2013
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LA movie makers love matcha

Another matcha loving man dropped in for his fix.  He drinks his at work – doing post on TV shows.  Claims matcha keeps him productive on long days.

With Cindy Ciskowski at Dublab 14th Anniversary Party #matchastyle

September 23, 2013

 

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