Matcha originated in 12th-century Japan and served as a staple ingredient in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. It comes from Japanese green tea leaves that have been ground into a fine, green powder. Matcha is extremely versatile and can be used in a variety of recipes! But are you aware of the health benefits of matcha?

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Many studies have suggested that matcha offers great health benefits. Because matcha is made from the whole green tea leaf, coming from the Camellia sinensis plant, it is a more potent source of nutrients and has “a greater amount of caffeine and antioxidants than what is typically found in regular green tea.”

This Tiktoker shared a unique spin on traditional matcha that she says can help ease bloating and regulate blood sugar. For this recipe, she starts by making matcha as usual with a shot of warm water, one serving of matcha powder, and 1 cup of dairy-free milk. The secret ingredient in this recipe is chia seeds! Nadine adds 1 tsp to the matcha, stirs it all up, and waits for the seeds to absorb liquid. Nadine adds ice to top it all off.

Chia seeds contain a large dose of potassium and magnesium in just one tablespoon, along with Vitamin B6. The fiber found in chia is also mainly soluble. Soluble fiber soaks up excess wastes and helps remove them from the body instead of causing discomfort. This is just what you want to treat or prevent bloating. Their fiber content also helps normalize blood glucose levels by slowing the conversion of carbohydrates into sugar.

For more gut health & wellness tips, follow Nadine on TikTok!

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