So what makes you think of St. Patrick's Day? Green, right? Me too! Matcha green tea is the perfect green-colored super food to share on St. Patrick's Day and any day you want a little more green energy in your life!
I was first introduced to matcha green tea a few years ago, before it became posh. Back then, I did not really care for a cup of straight matcha. After receiving some education on matcha and experimenting with My Matcha Life, matcha green tea, I now realize that not all matcha is created equal and it is likely that back then, I did not experience a high quality matcha and I did not properly prepare it to taste. I can now say that I absolutely love matcha green tea!
I am seeing matcha everywhere on menus and in stores! Historically, my energy source choice has always been coffee; however, recently I have recognized that my body was not responding well to the frequency I was consuming the typical black cup. I was looking for an effective alternative and something that I could rotate in my diet. I came across matcha again, through Calli O'Brien, founder of My Matcha Life Inc., in Vancouver, BC. I have had such lovely correspondence with Calli. She really knows her matcha! I love the name of her company, because it really conveys that consuming matcha green tea is a lifestyle. If you would like to try a can of matcha green tea, Calli is generously offering 15% off to you, by purchasing through any of my affiliate links in this blog post, using COUPON CODE: AH15. How awesome!
So what is matcha? It is a Japanese, powdered green tea. It has been popularized as a super food for its unique nutrient composition and high energy effect. It is much more concentrated than your typical green tea bag, because it is the entire leaf, ground into a powdered form. In essence, you are consuming whole, green tea leaves.
Why should you consider consuming matcha in your diet? Matcha has an amazing ability to provide a non-jittery energy boost, while at the same time, support a healthy nervous system response. In other words, though matcha contains caffeine just like coffee, it has the ability to promote feelings of relaxation and calm due to its nutrition composition, and the amino acid, L-theanine. Energy and relaxation! Isn't that what most of us are looking for?!
Japanese matcha is nature's highest source of L-theanine. This amino acid has been shown in peer reviewed literature to improve mental focus and clarity, improve cognitive function, and reduce feelings of anxiety and stress.
Matcha is also nature's highest source of EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate), an antioxidant polyphenol. This antioxidant has been shown in peer reviewed literature to reduce abdominal fat, increase endurance, increase bone density, prevent periodontal diseases, and lower cholesterol.
Lastly, due to the nature of the caffeine and nutrient complex that is naturally occurring in matcha, it can potentially boost your metabolism between 35-40%!
Based on my personal experience, matcha has been one of the most enjoyable and most effective energy sources I have ever found.
Now on to the recipes! These are great "test the waters," matcha recipes. Perfect for first-time matcha samplers.
Recipe #1: Traditional Matcha Latte
- 1 tsp. of My Matcha Life Barista's matcha green tea blend. Link to shop here.
- 1 c. vanilla almond milk of your choice (*Note: if you are using unsweetened almond milk, you can add a tiny amount of honey or maple syrup to sweeten up your latte).
- ground cinnamon spice for garnish
- In a small sauce pan, bring a tablespoon or two of water to a boil.
- Remove the sauce pan from the heat and add your 1 tsp. of matcha green tea to dissolve the powder.
- Once dissolved, pour into the base of a high-speed blender.
- Heat your almond milk on medium heat to your temperature preference. Add to your blender.
- Garnish with a few dashes of freshly ground cinnamon spice.
Recipe #2: Green Machine Energy Bites
- 1 c. of uncooked, gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 1/2 T. cacao powder
- 1 1/2 tsp. of maca root powder
- 2 heaping tsp. of My Matcha Life, matcha green tea powder
- 1 tsp. chia seeds
- 1 tsp pure maple syrup
- 1 T. coconut butter (I used Blue Mountain Organics)
- 2 T. all natural, chunky peanut butter
- 1 T. chocolate-hazelnut spread (I used Endangered Species Chocolate)
- Add your rolled oats, cacao powder, maca root powder, and matcha green tea powder, to a high-speed blender or food processor. Pulse a few times to break up the oats a bit and to combine most of the dry ingredients.
- Add your blended dry mixture to a glass mixing bowl.
- Add the rest of your dry ingredients (chia seeds) and mix in your wet ingredients.
- Mix thoroughly until all ingredients are extremely well combined.
- Take a small amount of the mixture in your hand and form a 1 inch round ball. (*Note: The best way to do this, is to alternate from pressing the mixture to rolling the mixture. Keep repeating this until a green machine energy bite has formed.)
- Roll or dust your energy bites in even more matcha!
- Place on an un-bleached, parchament lined cookie sheet and pop in the freezer for 10 to 15 minutes if you would like to enjoy right away. If you are serving later, place in the refrigerator, overnight.
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