Spirulina is one of the few plant sources of vitamin B12, which is essential for healthy nerves and tissues.
Spirulina is found in algae that are blue-green in color. This is because both blue pigment and green pigment are found in it. It is found in tropical climates where the water in fresh and alkaline. This makes it naturally sterile and can easily thrive where other organisms cannot. Some species of Spirulina can survive out of water for a certain length of time within rocks. The main advantage with Spirulina is that, it retains all its nutritional value even when exposed to very high temperatures.
Spirulina powder is very dark green in color and has a rather flat taste. To enliven this vitamin rich powder with Matcha makes it a tasty beverage with an interesting twist. Spirulina Matcha has very many health benefits that greatly over shadow many other herbal drinks in the market. It rewards in the following ways;
- 3 times the protein value of beef making it a better vegetarian alternative.
- More beta carotene than carrots.
- Other vitamins like B complex vitamins, zinc, manganese, iron, iodine, carotenoids and vitamin E.
- The special fatty acids that it contains i.e. linolenic acid can only be derived from a lactating mother’s milk.
- A powerful source of vitamin B12 which is chiefly responsible for better tissues and nerves.
- Activates the auto immune system.
- Increases the production of antibodies to fight disease.
- Helps fight allergies.
- Slows down the effects of memory and learning loss in senior citizens.
- Protects the thyroid gland.
- Stabilizes blood sugar and cholesterol.
- Replenishes red blood cells lost in the circulatory system.
- Maintains digestive system health.
- Matcha + Herbs
- Immune System
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Most people think that making Matcha the traditional way is not easy. However, this is far from the truth if you know the simple secret and techniques of making Matcha. Preparing and whisking Matcha to make it frothy on the surface can be a fun and wonderful experience when serving Matcha to yourself and a visual treat when serving it to your guests.
Here is the basic way to prepare a bowl of Matcha. Be sure to view the video as well to further assist you in whisking the perfect froth for your Matcha green tea. You may need a couple tries in the beginning to make a nice creamy froth but once you get the hang of it, the satisfaction of attaining perfection will bring you joy as you relax to enjoy a nice healthy and wholesome bowl of Matcha made just by you.
- Before adding hot water to Matcha, it is recommended that Matcha is sifted using a tea strainer or a sifter to avoid clumps of Matcha from forming in the tea.
- Place about two bamboo tea scoops (1/2 to 1 tsp.) of Matcha powder in the bowl.
- Add 2 to 3 oz. of pre-boiling water to the bowl (~180F / ~80C). Boiling water may not be the most suitable for Matcha because it does not bring out the best flavor and the natural mild sweetness of the tea.
- Using the bamboo whisk: whisk briskly with the motion of making the letter "M" or "W." Simply an up and down motion will do as well. The whisking brings oxygen into the tea to create a nice frothy layer on the surface with many air bubbles. (Optional) To remove the air bubbles, simply lift the whisk slightly and lightly stroke the surface of the froth a few times until air bubbles have completely disappeared. Using soft water is best for Matcha green tea and any other Japanese green teas.
- Depending on personal preference, add more water to adjust for desired taste.
Remember to add more water only AFTER whisking.
Three Key Points
- Amount of Matcha (two scoops or 1/2 to 1 tsp)
- Amount of water (starting with 2~3oz. water)
- Temperature of water (not boiling, approx. 180F/80C)
How to Maintain Freshness of Matcha
- Keep in the refrigerator or freezer
- Keep away from any moisture and direct contact to light
- Keep away from items with strong odor
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