Kale me maybe…
(Green tea and kale powder.)
Of all the super healthy leafy greens out there, kale definitely reigns supreme. Although it has a bit of a reputation for tasting bitter at times, it is among the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. (Low in calories too!) We’re talking vitamins A, C, K, calcium, iron, fiber, magnesium, potassium, and a lot more. This member of the cabbage family has been around for longer than any of us (more than 2,000 years actually), and now it’s being sold as a matcha option at DAVIDsTea. Up close, it looks just like your typical straight, stone-ground matcha powder. Maybe slightly darker in colour. The kale is really undeniable in this blend, and honestly? …Not as bad as you may think. I was a skeptic myself.
When preparing this tea, I think it’s important to note that the kale powder in this matcha mix settles rather quickly, and can result in a sludge-like substance at the bottom of your mug/drinkware. So, no matter if you shake it up or whisk it up, you’re going to have the same end product. A vibrant, emerald green brew with a fresh, bold vegetal scent. Unfortunately, this does not have as smooth or creamy of a taste as Ceremonial Matcha. You instantly know that you’re drinking something healthy and good for you, if that makes any sense. I can’t really see myself going forward drinking this without some kind of sweetener added. Milk even. My mouth feels incredibly dry after finishing my cup, like I haven’t consumed liquids all day. The kale is so grainy, and it has a weird mouth feel to it. This characteristic is the main reason why Kale Matcha is probably better suited for a green juice or smoothie. And because it’s such a great source of both caffeine and nutrients, I would imagine this would make an awesome matcha shot as well.