Matcha is that awesome green powdered tea, packed with antioxidants and other nutritional benefits that you’ve got to start incorporating into your diet today. If you’re wondering what matcha can do for you, check out the 4 Science-Backed Secrets You Never Knew About Matcha Green Tea.
Just like vitamins are a part of your regular routine, matcha green tea powder should be as well for a healthier mind, body and, (ok, let’s finish this true cliché ) soul.
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Alright, I can already see the eyes rolling and the stomachs churning and the thought bubbles populating with…
Not this time folks! Just because something is amazing for you health-wise, it doesn’t mean it has to taste like a spinach-kale-beat smoothie (not that those aren’t brilliant for you and more power to you if you love them). But we need to shake things up a little and think outside the cup especially if the taste of green tea isn’t your favorite and it keeps you away from reaping all the matcha green tea powdery goodness.
Personally, I love the taste of green tea and find matcha to be flavorful enough when consumed in the tea form. However, after stumbling across these easy recipes and trying them myself (and I’m no cook/baker), I incorporate them regularly into my diet to: nourish my body with crazy amounts of nutrients to boost my immune system; have a pick-me-up; and give myself a treat for all the great work I’ve been doing!
We’re all also super busy so I wanted to arm you with some make-ahead delights so that when that afternoon KitKat craving kicks in, you back away from the vending machine, open up your fridge or ziplock bag, and have an awesome, guilt free day! That being said, the motto for this post is make em’, wrap em’ and happily snack on em’. Let’s go!
1. Coconut Matcha Popsicles
When last have you had a Popsicle that was gluten free, dairy free and vegan friendly? Angie’s tasty matcha popsicles are great for you and not packed with sugar! Want to cool down? Skip the Dairy Queen calorie bombs and try these! View this recipe.
2. Matcha Muffins
Guilty Kitchen’s tag line is “forging elite nutrition” so you know these babies got to be good! These protein packed, high fiber, and antioxidant heavy muffins are a great way to start your day. Watching the waistline? Don’t worry! 1 muffin is only 105 calories! Can you believe it? What are you going to tell me next, they’re gluten free? Why, yes, yes they are! View this recipe.
3. Matcha Green Tea Fudge Protein Bars
Don’t let the ooey-gooey chocolate drizzle fool you, these fudgy protein bars are chalked with healthy ingredients like almond milk and brown rice protein powder. Great for an afternoon pick-me-up or a breakfast snack that will melt your cravings away. View this recipe.
4. Matcha Granola with Blueberries
While a green granola recipe may sound a bit odd, the folks at 40 Aprons really nailed this one. I love to start my day with a caffeine kick but I could go without the jittery after affects. Enter this matcha breakfast idea. You get that great A.M. boost along with the nutrients from roasted nuts and sweetness from the blueberries and maple syrup. View this recipe.
5. Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls
The name says it all! For a quick an injection of energy without the crash try one of these bad boys. The chocolate melts in your mouth and the powdery dusting of matcha rounds out all of the great, all natural flavors. View this recipe.
6. Dark Chocolate Matcha Date Bars
Great as a sophisticated gift for a holiday party or just everyday snacking! Dates have a caramel-y flavor that counter the slight bitterness of matcha powder. These make a great dessert and are a must try! View this recipe.
Now that you’re armed with some basic recipes and you’re feeling like a pro, check out these fancy cool matcha drinks and these meal ideas to hit the snack, beverage and meal matcha trifecta of goodness!