teapigs magic matcha green tea (& a Matcha May giveaway)

I don't quite know what's happened, but I've turned into a little bit of a health freak, and have a new found interest in anything that's green and good for me. I've been drinking green tea religiously since embarking on my new healthy lifestyle in January and reaping the health benefits, so when teapigs told me about their superpower green tea, I obviously jumped at the chance to try it out (and give you the chance to try it too!)

So what makes teapigs' organic matcha green tea* 'superpower'? It contains 137 times the antioxidants of ordinary green tea, boosts energy for up to six hours, gives you healthy skin and helps you lose weight! Amazing!?

The Sciencey Bit...
When you make an ordinary cup of green tea, you end up throwing most of the antioxidants in the bin when you throw the teabag away. But because Matcha powder is made from 100% of the green tea leaf, you drink every last nutrient, vitamin and mineral.

I'm not going to bore you by pretending I know what I'm talking about with long words like thermogenesis (what) but BASICALLY all the goodies trapped inside this green powder is proven to increase energy and alertness, and aid weight loss. It was even voted the best slimming and fitness product of 2011! If you don't believe me and want to nerd up on how it works, read this.

The Yummy Bit
So green tea isn't the most delicious thing in the world, and as suspected, 137x strength green tea isn't exactly tasty. Drinking Matcha as a normal cup of tea certainly wasn't my cup of tea (sorry!) but I did find a few ways to make it bearable, or even actually quite yummy!

Dissolving half a teaspoon of Matcha in a shot glass of water is bloody disgusting, but two swigs, and it's done. 137 cups of green tea in one quick, pretty painless shot, and I'm good to go.

But when I have a bit more time to get my Matcha fix, I've been blending half a teaspoon into a fruity smoothie, and can barely taste it at all. I've been adding it to smoothies of every flavour (raspberry, blueberry, strawberry...) but my favourite super dooper health freak smoothie is made from half a banana, a kiwi, a few handfuls of spinach (you don't taste that either!) a coconut and lime Muller Light and half a teaspoon of matcha.

A Matcha Latte made with almond milk is also quite yummy, and can be enjoyed hot or iced. I use the little electric whisk included in the matcha kit to make the milk frothy and pour it over a teaspoon of matcha dissolved in a little hot water.

Your turn...
teapigs have been very kind and sent me another matcha kit for one of you lovely lot too! It includes a tin of organic matcha tea, a teapigs shot glass, a half teaspoon measure and an electric whisk to whip up your green lattes! If you'd like to win it, just use the rafflecopter widget below! Open until the end of 'Matcha May' to UK readers only. Good luck <3

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