We all know that green tea is full of health benefits -- just a few cups a day can help lower the risk of cancer, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease.
That's why we think it's about time you got to know matcha, the finely ground powder made of whole, high-grade green tea leaves. Because you ingest the entire leaf -- not just the brewed water -- it's basically green tea on steroids. One glass of matcha has the antioxidant content of 10 glasses of regular green tea, and while it has a stronger caffeine punch than green tea (70mg in matcha vs. 25mg in brewed green tea), it's still considerably less caffeinated than coffee (163mg).
Not only is matcha full of health benefits, but everything it touches turns a delightful shade of green. It's become a darling of pastry chefs since it pairs well with almost any dairy (it is probably best known in green tea ice cream) and its rich, thick flavor stands up well to sugar.
Still unconvinced? Here are 15 matcha recipes that will have you forgetting tea bags ever existed.