What the heck is Matcha?

Hi guys! I thought I would share a tid bit about Matcha powder as it is becoming very popular in our culture today for its great health benefits. Today I made myself a matcha latte at home to combat the cold I am currently fighting and I realized I haven’t written about it before.

What is Matcha?

  • It is a potent, powdered, and more concentrated form of green tea.
  • It contains caffeine. You will get more caffeine per cup (more than double) in comparison to a cup of regular steeped tea.
  • It is high in antioxidants. Antioxidants known as polyphenols are found in green tea and found in higher amounts in matcha powder. Antioxidants protect your body’s cells from free radical damage (e.g. pollution, cigarette smoke). Antioxidants may help lower your risk of heart disease, diabetes, and much more.
  • How to consume it? Traditionally, matcha has always been consumed as a beverage and began to be used during meditation practices. Now you can find recipes from matcha lattes, matcha smoothes,  all the way to matcha brownies. So whatever you’re into… I’m sure you can find a recipe for it! (check out foodgawker.com). Starbucks also serves matcha latte’s, also known as a “green tea latte”. Try it out for your next order: “Green tea latte, made with soy or coconut milk, with 1 honey” ….maybe 2 honeys depend on your level of sweetness 😉 …let me know what you think!

How to make yourself a matcha latte at home?

  • 1- 1.5 tsp matcha powder (David’s Tea has great matcha!)
  • 1/4 cup hot water
  • 3/4 cup steamed/frothed milk (I use Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Cashew Milk)
  • Add honey to taste (1-2 tsp)

Directions: Boil your water and froth/steam your milk. When complete, whisk matcha powder and hot water together in a beaker. When matcha is completely broken down, pour this mixture into your mug, and add the frothed milk on top. Stir in your honey 🙂 voila!

You can also add all of these things to a blender and mix if you do not have a milk frother. You should heat  the milk first and add all ingredients to blender, blend. Enjoy.

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Until next time.. have a great weekend friends!

xoxox

B

Dark Chocolate Almond Oat Bark (Vegan + Gluten Free)

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Ingredients: 

  • 1 cup packed/pitted dates, soften for 40 secs
  • 1/3 cup cashew milk (or milk of choice)
  • 1 cup gluten-free oats
  • 2 tbsp natural almond butter, softened
  • 2 tbsp shredded unsweetened coconut
  • ~3/4 cup dark chocolate melting wafers

Combine all ingredients except the dark chocolate in a Vitamix or food processor. Blend until evenly mixed. Spread into the bottom of a dish line with parchment paper. Spread it about 1/2 an inch thick. Put the dish in the freezer until bottom layer has hardened. 

Melt dark chocolate (~3/4 cup dark chocolate melting wafers). Remove the dish from the freezer. Spread dark chocolate on top. Put back in the freezer. When the dark chocolate has hardened they are ready to eat! 

Store in the freezer. Enjoy 🙂

Granola Cups

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Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup chopped mixed nuts, salted
  • ½ cup coconut
  • 1 ½ cup oats
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • Ground sea salt
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp natural crunchy pb
  • ¼ cup silk unsweetened cashew milk
  • 1 tbsp oil of choice
  • 2 tsp raw sugar

Directions:

1.     In a large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except the oil and sugar.

2.     In a small skillet, heat the oil and melt the sugar.

3.     When completed, add this mixture to the bowl.

4.     Preheat the oven to 300F.

5.     In a greased muffin tin, begin to form your granola bowls using your hands or a spoon. Creating a caved in centre.

6.     When finished, bake in the oven for ~25-30 minutes until browning. Remove and let cool on the counter.

7. Serve with yogurt and fruit in the center…or however you desire 🙂

I choose to do plain greek yogurt, drizzled with honey and berries.

Puffed Quinoa Chocolate Protein Bites

Puffed Quinoa Protein Bites

Ingredients (~15 protein balls):

  •  44g (1 1/2 scoops) Genuine Health’s Vanilla Vegan Protein Powder
  • 16g (1/2 scoop) Genuine Health’s Chocolate Vegan Protein Powder
    ** You could use all of the same flavour – all vanilla or chocolate here. I just ran out of chocolate! Just make sure that you use a total of 2 scoops protein powder.**
  • 1 1/2 tsp of cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/4 cup natural almond butter
  • 1 1/2 cup almond milk
  • ~13 pitted dates, microwave with a little water (~2tbsp) to soften and mash until smooth consistency
  • 3/4 cup puffed quinoa (found at bulk barn)
  • 1/3 cup oats (I used Hilray Oats)
  • 1 tbsp (heeping) of natural peanut butter
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • Pinch of ground sea salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

In one large mixing bowl, combine and mix all ingredients thoroughly. Add dark chocolate chips at the end if desired. Roll into balls (drizzle with dark chocolate if desired) and store in the refrigerator until consumption.

Enjoy 🙂

Nutrition Facts (per 1 ball): 90 cals, 3g fat, 9g carbohydrates, 5g protein

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