The end of a challenge marks the beginning of a new and improved you.
We dived into 2021 by introducing a wellness-boosting challenge: drink matcha each day for the month of January.
Starting the year by practicing healthy habits that nourish our mind and body seemed especially important this year and matcha was here to help! Matcha improves brain function, is packed full of antioxidants, and reduces risk of cancer, and there are so many ways to use it!
We shared brew tips, matcha recipes, and interesting facts on the history and uses of matcha throughout the month, and now as the month closes out, we wanted to share the experiences people had during the challenge and give you a re-cap on what happened.
TESTIMONIALS ABOUT MATCHA CHALLENGE
- I enjoyed incorporating matcha into my workday as a natural mood and energy booster. I like to add honey, lemon and fresh ginger to my iced matcha, and loved that you don't need an infuser to brew matcha, so it is easy to travel with! - Bailey
- When I drink matcha, I get a better nights sleep and feel refreshed in the morning! I love to make matcha lattes with OBTC Vanilla Bean Paste, Salt Cedar Honey and frothed oat milk. This settles my sweet tooth and my kids literally chug it! - Paola
- During the matcha challenge I made protein pancakes, matcha facials with honey and lemon, and matcha zucchini muffins! Going out of my way to make the matcha helped set my mental path for the day, and made my other behaviors and habits more intentional too, which made me motivated to eat clean, get outside, and stretch more to take care of my body. - Nenada
- I've enjoyed my matcha everyday with a teaspoon of chaga mushroom powder, turmeric, honey, and cinnamon! It's like drinking a big delicious cup of antioxidants. I've been sleeping well, my energy has improved, and I've managed to stay healthy during my most vulnerable season due to my weakened immune system. - Dana
FAVORITE RECIPES WE SHARED
A fresh, citrusy, and sunshiny cool down drink, perfect for after the gym or hangin with friends.
Just the right amount of sweetness for breakfast or a snack that you can enjoy with your favorite toppings.
Vanilla Matcha Latte
A creamy, foamy latte made with Mexican Vanilla Extract, perfect for early mornings when you need a caffeine kick.
HISTORY AND TRADITIONS OF MATCHA
The Matcha Tea Ceremony, or Chado in Japanese, is an elaborate ritual that dates all the way back to the 9th century. Matcha, the purest form of green tea, is prepared and consumed in this ritual. It is traditionally performed in an intimate room in Japan, where it has been practiced in the same way for centuries. The purpose of the ceremony is to celebrate harmony, respect and tranquility.
Traditionally, the matcha bowl, or the "chawan," is the vessel you drink your tea out of, and the flat spoon, or the "chashaku," is what you use to scoop the matcha into the bowl. After adding water to your matcha, the whisk, or the "chasen," is used to froth and aerate the mixture into a smooth consistency. These tools are simple to use and get back to the roots of tea making.