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Matchalicious Baby // The 14 Day Matcha Challenge

9 Jun 2016


Ever heard of this Matcha thing? Apparently it's caused quite the stir in the health industry, so when teapigs tweeted about the 14 Day Matcha Challenge, I was very keen to jump on the bandwagon. They very kindly sent me over some of their Matcha sachets to try out and I set out about incorporating them into my daily breakfast foods and drinks with, shall we say, some varying levels of luck...

I'm going to split this into three parts to make it simpler: the first section will be talking about how I used the Matcha and what I made with it, the second will be the results and the third will be my general verdict and tips.

How I took the Matcha

Straight up: I initially thought that because I don't mind green tea, I would be fine with a Matcha tea. WRONG. So very, very wrong. I just think it takes like earth too much, I'm sorry!

Matcha/Normal Green Tea: So while Matcha mixed into hot water on its own was an absolute no for me, mixing the powder into my own Lemon Green Tea was an absolute yes. It barely added to the taste so it was just like drinking normal green tea.

Matcha Pancakes: I blended up an egg, some oats, some yoghurt, a banana and some Matcha and made some smashing green pancakes. They looked kind of weird but tasted more or less the same as my normal pancakes.

Matcha Shot: This one is fine if you whisk it and make sure that the Matcha is fully mixed in. Don't be lazy like me because you will make your life more difficult by having to drink powder and nobody wants that. 

Matcha Smoothie: This one was probably by favourite way to take the Matcha because you couldn't taste a thing. My classic choice is a banana, yoghurt and raspberry smoothie. Simple but effective.

Of course, this is just my own experience and do bear in mind that I'm not big on green tea unless it's flavoured, so I was never going to enjoy the taste of Matcha. My lovely blogger friend Mimmi does like it, however, so you never know!

Results

Mood: I was actually in a really good mood throughout the 14 days, apart from when somebody wound me up or when I was hungry. So, the same as usual probably. 

Energy Levels: Again, I can't put this down to the Matcha but put it this way, I managed to be up at 7am for a run a couple of days a week, I was always in the library by 9am and I didn't collapse in the middle of the day from exhaustion. I also slept like a baby throughout my exam period which is weird. 

Weight: I really can't vouch for Matcha helping me to lose any weight because my exercise regime and diet were so weird in exam season and I also didn't go near a set of scales for months. The weird thing is that when I hopped on the other day I realised that I have actually lost a few kilogrammes for the first time in possibly a year, which could be partially down to Matcha, or it could be something else, who knows.

Overall Verdict & Tips

I feel like this whole post is one big pool of ambiguity and I really am sorry for that, because that kind of thing winds me right up. To be honest with you, I don't think I did the whole challenge thing properly. I think that some days I didn't mix the Matcha in properly and sometimes I forgot. All in all, I'm really happy I tried it, I think it did have a little effect and I'd really like to give another 14 days a go when I'm not in my exam period, to see what my energy levels are like on a normal day.

Would I recommend you try Matcha? Absolutely. Would I like to try it again? Absolutely.

Oh, and my biggest tip? That would be to buy a little tiny whisk and make sure it's almost frothy before you drink it otherwise there will be powder left over and that really sucks. My second biggest tip would be to commit to it every single day without fail.

Are you a Matcha fan? What's your favourite way to use it?

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