I absolutely love porridge. I eat it for breakfast almost everyday whatever the weather; mainly because it keeps me full right up till lunch. Yes, eating porridge everyday can be repetitive, so I tend to enhance the flavours by adding things like organic maple syrup, wild honey, always berries fresh or frozen depending on the season.
One of my absolute favourites is Matcha porridge which is featured in the recipe below, as well as being very good for you, it has a great distinct deep green tea flavour that just works with the texture and flavour of the oats.
Here are 10 fascinating facts about Matcha from the wonderful guys at Natural living ideas blog:
I, High in Anti Oxidents
We’ve all read this word before. Antioxidants are the magical nutrients and enzymes responsible for fighting against the negative effects of UV radiation, giving us younger-looking skin, and preventing a number of life-threatening maladies. Antioxidants are something that all health-conscious individuals seek from such foods as raw fruits, green veggies, and (let’s not forget) dark chocolate. The first amazing benefit of Matcha Green Tea is that just one bowl provides over 5 times as many antioxidants as any other food – the highest rated by the ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) method.
II, Loaded with Catechin (EGCg)
You may have already heard that not all antioxidants are created equal. Green tea contains a specific set of organic compounds known as catechins. Among antioxidants, catechins are the most potent and beneficial. One specific catechin called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) makes up 60% of the catechins in Matcha Green Tea. Out of all the antioxidants, EGCg is the most widely recognized for its cancer fighting properties. Scientists have found that Matcha Green Tea contains over 100 times more EGCg than any other tea on the market.
III, Enhances Calm
For over a millennium, Matcha Green Tea has been used by Chinese Daoists and Japanese Zen Buddhist monks as a means to relax and meditate while remaining alert. Now we know that this higher state of consciousness is due to the amino acid L-Theanine contained in the leaves used to make Matcha. L-Theanine promotes the production of alpha waves in the brain which induces relaxation without the inherent drowsiness caused by other “downers.”
IV, Boosts Memory and Concentration
Another side-effect of L-Theanine is the production of dopamine and serotonin. These two chemicals serve to enhance mood, improve memory, and promote better concentration – something that can benefit everyone!
V, Increases Energy Levels and Endurance
Samurai, the noble warriors of medieval and early-modern Japan, drank Matcha Green Tea before going into battle due to the tea’s energizing properties. While all green tea naturally contains caffeine, the energy boost received from Matcha is largely due to its unique combination of other nutrients. The increased endurance from a bowl of Matcha Green Tea can last up to 6 hours and because of the effects of L-Theanine, Matcha drinkers experience none of the usual side-effects of stimulants such as nervousness and hypertension. It’s good, clean energy.
VI, Burns Calories
Consuming Matcha and green tea has been shown to increase your metabolism and help the body burn fat about four times faster than average. Again, unlike many diet aides currently on the market, Matcha causes no negative side-effects such as increased heart rate and high blood pressure.
VII, Detoxifies the Body
During the last three weeks before tea leaves are harvested to be made into Matcha, Camellia sinensis are covered to deprive them of sunlight. This causes a tremendous increase in chlorophyll production in the new growth of these plants. The resulting high levels of chlorophyll in Matcha Green Tea not only give this tea its beautiful vibrant green color. Matcha is also a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
VIII, Fortifies the Immune System
The catechins in Matcha Green Tea have been shown to have antibiotic properties which promote overall health. Additionally, just one bowl of Matcha Green Tea provides substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium. Further studies have even suggested that the nutrients in Matcha may have the ability to inhibit the attacks of HIV on human T-cells.
IX, Improves Cholesterol
Researchers aren’t entirely certain how Matcha Green Tea has such a positive effect on cholesterol, however studies of different populations have show that people who drink Match Green Tea on a regular basis have lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol while at the same time displaying higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol. Men who drink Matcha Green Tea are about 11% less likely to develop heart disease than those who don’t drink Matcha.
X, Amazing Flavour
Drinking something just because it’s healthy can be a lot like swallowing medicine. It’s unpleasant and you dread it, but you feel obligated to do it. After all, it’s good for you… right? Sure, but wouldn’t you rather look forward to improving your overall well-being? Of course you would!
Fortunately, unlike a lot of other teas which require sugar, milk, or lemon to make them palatable to the average consumer, Matcha is absolutely wonderful all by itself. It’s crisp vegetative notes are complimented by the savory taste of the L-Theanine amino acid making Matcha a tea that is truly unique in every way. So sit back, relax, and enjoy a delicious bowl of hot Matcha.
I am sure that you dont need any more convincing about the benefits of Matcha & green tea, Dont get me started on the benefits of oats, that’s a whole blogpost on its own, for other great porridge ideas you can follow www.porridgelady.com, Anna is my go-to girl for all things oaty.
Photography By Frank Verbruggen
Damien's Super Matcha PorridgePrint Recipe
- 100g Organic Large Flake Oats
- 700ml of Full Fat Organic Milk
- Pinch Sea Salt
- 4 Teaspoons of Good Quality Organic Matcha powder (mixed into a smooth paste with a little water)
Put the oats in a thick bottom saucepan, pour in the milk and sprinkle in a pinch of salt. Bring slowly to the boil.
Stir in the green matcha paste a little at a time, once the matcha is dispersed evenly, simmer gently for 2 minutes
Stirring from time to time and watching carefully that it doesn’t stick to the bottom of pan.
To serve pour into bowls, allow to cool and sprinkle with Nuts, seeds or berries.