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Matcha madness – recipe collection

What is matcha green tea?

Matcha madness 

 

What is matcha green tea?
Matcha is a stone-ground powdered green tea used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies, also known as the “elixir” to good health. Matcha has been used by Zen monks for centuries for its ability to improve mental clarity and relaxation.

The green tea leaves are shaded from the sun for the last few weeks of their growth, increasing chlorophyll content and creating a vibrant green colour. Since matcha is made from grounded up whole tea leaves, it is a more potent source of antioxidants than standard infused green tea.

What are the health benefits of matcha?

It’s an antioxidant powerhouse
Packed with antioxidants – Matcha delivers a mega dose of antioxidants. According to the latest in antioxidant research, matcha is packed with more antioxidants than any other ‘superfood’.

Matcha green tea

It can increase relaxation
Matcha is rich in L-Theanine, an amino acid which is able to cross the blood brain barrier. It helps increase GABA, which has anti-anxiety, calming effects. L-theanine also alters the effects of caffeine, promoting alertness and helping avoid the energy crash that can follow after consuming caffeine. It also increases the production of alpha waves in the brain, associated with a relaxed state of the mind.

It’s a powerful detoxifier
Chlorophyll (the green pigment) helps to detoxify by binding with toxins and turning them into neutral materials. Studies have shown that chlorophyll helps in removing heavy metals that tend to accumulate in the body such as mercury, pesticides and industrial pollutants. Chlorophyll also alkalizes the body and prevents inflammation.

It prevents heart disease and increases weight loss
The catechins in green tea significantly lower LDL “the bad” cholesterol. Catechins are a type of flavanoid (antioxidants) found in certain kinds of tea, fruit, chocolate and wine. They are associated with a variety of health benefits, including the maintenance of cardiovascular health and weight loss. Catechins have thermogenic effects, activating metabolism increasing the amount of energy the body uses making it easier for your body to use excess body fat.

 

Matcha recipe collection 

 

Matcha energy bliss balls
Ingredient
1 cup raw cashews or macadamia nuts
¼ cup almonds
3 Medjool dates, pitted
¼ cup shredded coconut, unsweetened
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/4 cup cacao nibs
1 tsp B inspired matcha green tea
2 tbsp cacao butter

Method
Place all the ingredients into a food processor. Process for one minute or until finely chopped.
Roll out mixture between your hands to create evenly sized balls.
Refrigerate for 15 minutes then enjoy.

 

Matcha mint iced tea
Ingredients
2 cups filtered water
1/2 teaspoons B inspired matcha green tea
2 cups crushed ice
1 lime, sliced
handfuls of mint
Honey (optional)

Method
Using a cocktail shaker, shake water and matcha until there are no lumps.
Add ice, a squeeze of lime, handfuls of mint and shake it some more. (Add sweetener if you like). Pour into a glass with extra lime slices and mint.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Matcha chia pudding
Ingredients

1 cup non dairy mylk
2 tsp rice malt
1 tsp B inspired matcha green tea
1/4 cup chia seeds
Handfull of berries

Method
In a lidded container, (I use a mason jars), add mylk, rice malt,  matcha and chia seeds. Shake throughly to mix through all the ingredients.  I leave mine overnight to be enjoyed the next day.
When ready to eat, top with fruit, nuts and or other superfoods.
Chia pudding can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days.

 

Gluten free matcha cookies
Ingredients
2 cup almond meal
1/2 cup finely crushed macadamias
1 teaspoon chia seeds
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons B inspired matcha green tea
2 tablespoons organic olive oil
1/4 – 1/2 cup rice malt
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Method
Preheat the oven to 170 Celsius.
In bowl combine almond meal, crushed macadamias, chia seeds, baking powder, and matcha powder.  Add olive oil, rice malt, vanilla and mix to combine.
Mold into your desired shape, approx 1/2 cm thick and bake for 15-20 minutes. Let them cool and enjoy !! Will make about 8 cookies.

 

 

Matcha muffins
Ingredients
3 organic free ranged eggs
1 cup coconut milk or almond mylk
½ cup melted extra-virgin coconut oil
2 medium ripe bananas
1/2 cup macadamia nuts
2 tablespoons monk fruit sweetener
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon B inspired matcha green tea
1¼ cups almond flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
Pinch of sea salt

Method
Preheat the oven to 180 celsius.
Combine eggs, coconut or almond mylk, coconut oil, bananas, macadamia nuts, monk fruit sweetener, vanilla, and matcha powder in a blender and process until all ingredients are mixed together.
Add the flour, baking powder, and pinch of salt to the mixture and blend until well-combined.
Lightly grease a muffin tin, then divide the mixture evenly among 10 cups until nearly full.
Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, then transfer to a wire rack to let them cool and enjoy !! Will make 10 muffins.

Matcha muffins

 

Matcha green tea smoothie
1-2 cup mylk of choice (almond, coconut or hemp) or coconut water
½ teaspoon B inspired matcha green tea
1 small frozen banana
1 cup baby kale or spinach
Half a handful fresh mint (stalks too!)
1 tablespoons nut butter of choice
2 teaspoons chia seeds (pre-soaked)
½ teaspoon vanilla bean paste

Method
Place all of the ingredients in a powerful blender and blend until smooth and creamy.
Serve immediately.

 

Matcha smoothie

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