Superfood Showdown: Maca vs Matcha

Two superfoods, both alike in name, in fair Toronto where we lay our scene . . . Maca and Matcha. No ancient grudge here, just similar-sounding products who have one thing in common – SO MANY HEALTH BENEFITS!

Let’s start with Maca

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Maca is referred to by our friends at Giddy Yoyo as an “Andean Super-Tuber”. Most commonly sold in powder form, this root is full of vitamins and minerals, and has many health benefits. Maca is an adaptogenic herb, which means it has incredible stress-fighting properties. It can help to energize you, if your energy is too low, without the crash associated with common stimulants. It is also beneficial for hormone health, and is often touted as a libido-booster.

Maca can be added to smoothies, yogurt, power balls, and is even found in one of Giddy Yoyo’s chocolate bars! Just be sure to start small . . . it can pack quite a punch!

Now on to Matcha!

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Like its similarly-named counterpart, matcha is also a source of vitamins and minerals. Made from powdered green tea leaves, matcha is also energizing, but mostly from its caffeine content. Matcha is different from other sources of caffeine, though, in that it contains the amino acid analogue L-Theanine. L-Theanine is known for its mind-calming properties, so it minimizes the “caffeine jitters”.

As it is a concentrated source of green tea, it maximizes the benefits of green tea: metabolism boosting, a great source of antioxidants, detoxification, blood sugar balance, and many more! In fact, you’d have to consume 10 cups of green tea to get the antioxidant benefits of one cup of matcha.

Matcha can be whisked into a tea (or tea latte), added to baking (a great-tasting natural green food coloring), or mixed in smoothies, oatmeal, etc.

Do you use maca and/or matcha? What’s your favorite way to incorporate them into your daily life? Tell us in the comments!


About The Author: 
Kelly Boaz, CNP
Kelly is a holistic nutritionist, specializing in eating disorder recovery and food freedom. She is also a public speaker (TEDx King St. West, TDSB) and a writer. Learn more about Kelly, and about booking private consultations at kellyboaz.com Twitter: @kelly_boaz    Facebook: /KellyBoazDotCom

 

 

6 thoughts on “Superfood Showdown: Maca vs Matcha

  1. Victoria

    Hello! Great article!
    I love Maca root powder and I’ve been taking it off/on for about 3 years now. I’m really interested in trying out Matcha tea, so Im wondering if it’s alright to mix these two since they both give energy?
    I know that we all react differently, but ..
    Other superfoods I’m taking are spirulina, wheatgrass and soon gojiberri powder.

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    1. moberlynaturalfoods

      Hi Victoria,
      Great question! I, myself, have both maca and matcha almost daily. In general, it’s best to start slowly and test small amounts. They work to give energy differently (maca via its adaptogenic properties, matcha via caffeine), so you won’t be overloading one system. If you give it a try, let us know how it goes!
      Thanks,
      Kelly

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  2. Alicia

    I am interested in hearing how this went?
    Am I able to put both Matcha and Maca into the same smoothie?
    Thanks 🙂

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  3. Patrice Rioux

    Every morning I have a peach matcha, and I also add half a teaspoon of maca as well. Leaves me feeling great all day! 🙂

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