Thursday 25 April 2013

Matcha May With teapigs

Next month teapigs are celebrating Matcha May. Matcha is basically a souped up version of green tea. Instead of loose leaves or teabags, matcha is tea ground down into a superfine powder. You can then utilise it in a variety of ways. I love regular green tea so I've been wanting to try some of this stuff for ages. When I was offered the chance to try a sample sachet of tea I simply couldn't say no.

The first thing I tried making with my sample was a Matcha Latte. I added one spoonful of powder to a glass, topped it up with almond milk and then heated it in the microwave for two minutes. Then I used my Aerolatte to froth up the milk. It was really good! The taste is very similar to normal green tea but almost milder in a way despite being a more powerful drink. The main thing I don't like about regular green tea is that it often leaves me with a very dry aftertaste in my mouth. This organic matcha powder doesn't do that at all. The recipe card also suggested adding it to porridge so I mixed one spoonful with my normal oats, almond milk & banana concoction. Green porridge doesn't look particularly appetising but it was seriously yummy. You can mix the powder with loads of stuff such as water, juice, smoothies, ice cream & yoghurt. You can even bake with it!

Green tea is packed full of health benefits but one serving of matcha is the equivalent of drinking 15 cups of normal green tea! The most immediate difference I noticed was how energising it is. It really helped to take the edge off my tiredness. It does contain caffeine but it's so much healthier for you than drinking regular tea or coffee. Matcha is packed full of antioxidants, much more than what is contained in any other 'superfood'. A lot of people claim that drinking matcha tea every day has helped them to lose weight as it boosts your metabolism and helps burn fat. I'm forever struggling with my weight so I'm thinking of buying a full size pot to test that out. Drinking this is also supposed to help improve the condition of your hair, skin and nails. I've had quite a few blemishes lately so I'm sure my skin would welcome the addition of matcha to my diet.

teapigs organic matcha powder costs £25 for a 30g box (30 servings) or £50 for an 80g box (80 servings). If you're interested in trying out some matcha or any other of their delicious teas, teapigs have kindly treated all of you to 15% off at using the code BLOGGERS12 (discount does not apply to gifts and cheeky deals as these are already discounted). To receive teapigs news and the latest discounts don't forget to sign up for their newsletter on the homepage. You can also like them on Facebook & follow them on Twitter.

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  1. This sounds really good, I bet it's amazing in ice cream x

  2. Matcha does sound really good. I've only seen one high street brand sell Matcha Lattes & I always tell myself I'm going to try it but I never, ever do. I NEED to. It also sounds intriguing in that porridge, what a good suggestion. The only thing that irks me about matcha powder is that it's quite expensive & therefore I will probably not be able to ever justify (to myself) buying any to keep in the house. But Matcha Lattes at EAT? I'm a-coming!

  3. I love green tea and I love lattes, so this sounds right up my street! The porridge looks so interesting as well. Shame it's so expensive though, but I definitely want to try this out x

  4. love green tea might have to give this a go! sounds pretty good!

    This Girl Loves Chic


  5. I've always wanted to try this as I love tea pigs ( I swear by their chai tea!), but it does seem a little expensive to buy. Apparently it's amazing for weight loss so I might have to make use of the discount code!x

  6. I've heard of Tea Pigs before but never tried any of their tea, they sound lovely :)

    I'm a huge tea drinker so I will be looking them up after this post, thanks!

    Amy x
    A Little Boat Sailing

    1. they do make some lovely varieties! my fave is the chocolate flake tea yum yum xx

  7. I am always looking for ways to help shed a few pounds so i have just treated myself using the discount code x


  8. You can get matcha for much cheaper from asian supermarkets xx

  9. I am a green tea fan and I will definitely give it a go, thank you for sharing :)

    Ila X