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How to be healthy in lockdown #2

Another lockdown driving you to drink? (naughty) Muddy's turning over a new leaf with a healthy mint matcha you'll love.

I have to ‘fess up that I’ve been a bit slow about matcha tea even though loads of (usually enviably fit and good-looking) people swear by this green tea’s energy-boosting powers. The kind of people who can run up a hill and do a spot of SUP yoga before breakfast, people like Leane Tilley, founder and owner of Kineta Tea.

Leane (pictured) is the living embodiment of her brand: peachy, youthful and clearly uber-springy. She is also extremely lovely and understanding of hopeless coffee addicts like myself and has created a really tasty blend that’s easier on the palate than ordinary matcha and perfect for boosting you on those long lockdown walks.

Say hello to Mint Matcha. I’m currently using it mid-morning to wean me off my second (okay, third) cup of coffee. It’s dead easy – no boiling the kettle to 70 degrees (how do you even do that?) – just pop half a teaspoon in your water bottle, shake and go.

It’s zero sugar, vegan and totally organic, and despite all that it’s totally tasty, especially if you’re a mint tea fan already. I know, amazeballs! And because you have to shake your water bottle really vigorously to mix the finely ground matcha powder in with the water it’s practically a workout in itself.

Don’t know much about matcha? Its health-giving powers are legendary. Zen buddhists harnessed its energy-boosting powers for centuries and would take a cup before embarking on their day’s meditation. It’s a well-known wellness go-to as just two cups a day can help you lose weight, up your metabolism and generally make you look glowy.

Leane got into matcha tea because she used to race road bikes and found normal energy drinks and bars too sweet for her. Then, serendipitously on a visit to Japan she saw it growing in tea fields while out walking. Impressed by the magnetic energy of the 70 and 80 year olds who were overtaking her up the hillside, she wished she could bottle it up and take it home. So, that’s exactly what she did.

Now she has her ceremonial-grade (the juicy tips) matcha grown organically and stone-ground on a tea plantation just outside Uji, in Japan, and turns it into tea, energy bars and snacks (so more’ish, I’m having to hide mine from the kids) and sells them online along with a range of gift sets and matcha accessories.

Leane is quite an inspiration, having only been in business five years, with her teas now sitting on the shelves of Selfridges, Daylesford Organic and locally at Darts Farm, near Exeter. Check Leane out on instagram for a nose. She’s as fit as a fiddle (proof above).

Want what she’s having? Now you can.

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