What is matcha? It's the highest quality green tea that's available, in powder form (ground leaves), widely popular in Japanese culture. What are the benefits of drinking matcha? Ummm.. where do we start?!

1) Matcha is literally an antioxidant powerhouse, boasting more antioxidants per serving than goji berries, pomegranate, blueberries and acai combined! It also contains a unique class of potent antioxidants called catechins EGCg, which greatly helps combat the effects of pollution, UV rays and radiation.

2) It's a natural energy booster. Where we get an initial jolt of energy from caffeine in coffee (then it dies down and we crash), the energy from matcha is a steady, feel-good alertness all throughout the day. Because it is a form of green tea there is a natural source of caffeine, but with the combination of other nutrients, the effect is slightly different.

3) It helps increase metabolism and burn fat. Between the antioxidants, fiber, chlorophyll and nutrients, matcha is known to help boost metabolism when enjoyed first thing in the morning.

Check the playlist above for a hot, and iced, matcha latte recipes!