Matcha is a type of concentrated green tea that has been shown to enhance your body’s detoxification system, and stabilize blood sugar levels due to the epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) compound. Studies have shown that matcha consumption is correlated to reduced risk for certain cancers, weight loss, enhanced muscle recovery after exercise, and reduced risk for heart disease.Jump to Recipe
Matcha has had growing popularity over the past few years, which has increased the availability of quality sources on the market. When you are shopping for matcha powder you need to read the label just like anything else. When possible, opt for organic, and choose a powder that only has matcha as the sole ingredient. You will especially want to pay attention that there are no added sweeteners if you are following an elimination diet like Dr. Will Cole’s Elimin8 protocol.
In The Inflammation Spectrum by Dr. Will Cole he recommends incorporating matcha into the Elimin8 diet under the Blood Sugar/Insulin Toolbox. Going into the program I was aware of my sensitivity to high amounts of caffeine, so I never had more than 1/2 to 1 tsp of matcha powder. Matcha does have a higher concentration of caffeine than other green teas, because it contains the whole leaf of the plant. In general, 1 tsp of matcha has about 70 milligrams of caffeine per cup.
A good brand for matcha tea is Pique’s Sun Goddess Matcha. Whole Foods has a more affordable matcha powder, which is organic for about $14.99. I would recommend paying attention to your reaction to matcha, especially those with cardiac diagnoses, as it can cause palpitations or arrhythmias depending on your sensitivity. That is the beauty of the Elimin8 protocol. You are essentially stripping your system from all inflammation causing foods, and as a result you become more in tuned to your body’s response to the foods you consume. By having a basic diet you are more likely to be able to pinpoint exactly what is causing inflammation and distress. Thank you Dr. Will Cole!
- 1 cup Unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 cup Frozen cauliflower rice
- 1 cup Fresh baby spinach
- 1 scoop Unflavored, marine or grass-fed collagen powder
- 1 tsp Matcha powder
- 1/3 Medium banana
- 2 tbsp Canned coconut cream
- 1/2 tsp Cinnamon
- 1/4 cup Filtered water
- 1 tsp Unsweetened shredded coconut
- 1 tbsp Blueberries
- Sprinkle of cinnamon