UP­GRADE YOUR TEA BREAK

Ditch the bis­cuits and re­store your en­ergy and hy­dra­tion lev­els - with one easy switch

Men's Fitness - - Updates | Training -

You’re prob­a­bly well aware of the ben­e­fits of green tea – which in­clude ev­ery­thing from re­viv­ing flag­ging en­ergy lev­els with its caf­feine kick to giv­ing you more fo­cus be­fore a work­out – but there’s a new brew on the scene. And it’s well worth your con­sid­er­a­tion. Matcha, like other green and black teas, is made from the camel­lia sinen­sis plant, but the dif­fer­ence is that while most teas are made by sim­ply steam­ing the leaves, with matcha things get a bit more com­plex. It’s made only from the fresh leaf tips, and the plants are shaded from the sun un­til they’re ready to be picked – in­creas­ing their lev­els of chlorophyll and other nu­tri­ents, in­clud­ing the amino acid L-thea­nine. Once the best leaves are picked, they’re steamed, gen­tly air-dried and then ground into a fine pow­der, re­mov­ing any fi­bres. This pow­der can be whisked into hot wa­ter – as in the tra­di­tional Ja­panese tea cer­e­mony – but Pukka has stream­lined the process by blend­ing it with or­ganic herbs in a con­ve­nient bag that’s tea break-ready. With zero calo­ries in a cup and a range of flavours on of­fer, it’s the sim­plest swap you can make to get the most from your fit­ness rou­tine.

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