If you follow me on social media, you know I am obsessed with Matcha. Why Matcha? There are so many health benefits and it tastes great! Plus, there are so many ways to get matcha into your life. From drinking it to eating it, matcha's health benefits enhance just about any recipe. It's a simple healthy add-in that can make a recipe yours.
Matcha is tea that consists of finely ground green tea leaves. Since the entire leaf is ground up, you get the powerful health benefits that simply brewing a green tea bag won't provide. The ground up tea leaves result in concentrated health benefits. You've probably heard of EGCG, which is the powerful antioxidant that green tea is known for. EGCG has been shown in studies to effectively trap free radicals in our bodies which are known to contribute to aging and chronic degenerative diseases, like cancer. (Source: LifeExtension)
Other protective properties that have been studied in Green Tea are reduced inflammation, body fat and cholesterol levels and blood pressure in both men and women. (Source: LifeExtension) Now you may be wondering how many cups of matcha you should drink in a day to get the optimal health benefits. The answer is, it depends. HealthLine.com reports that depending on the health condition you are trying to manage, the daily amount of matcha to drink will vary. For example, studies of women who had breast cancer had a lower incidence of recurrence when they drank 3 cups of green tea daily. Another study showed that people who drank 6 cups of green tea a day had a 33% lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
One thing we can all agree on, drinking green tea daily can only help support good health. In fact, if you are drinking green tea (or any herbal tea) it counts towards your daily water intake. Everyday we should be drinking half our weight in water. So if you weigh 100 lbs, you need to drink 50 ounces of water a day. The one caveat is not to buy green tea that is prepackaged unless it is organic and unsweetened. The conventionally grown and bottled green tea will have added sugars which will defeat the purpose of supporting good health.
Now, let's get to the recipes. Matcha powder lends itself really well in baked goods. Cakes, cookies, waffles and muffins are just a few. The key when using it in baked goods is not to defeat the great benefits of matcha by using it with non-organic ingredients. It is easier and easier to find organic flours, sugars and spices to bake with. So make sure to keep true to healthy baking with adding matcha to your recipes.
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Matcha Muffins from A Taste of Madness. This muffin recipe is very simple. It uses eggs and milk so if you are non-dairy, you can substitute nut-milk. Also, I sometimes use a flax egg instead of a chicken egg when I am more interested in following a vegetarian menu. The muffins only take 25 minutes to cook so this recipe is fast, allowing you to get to eating them quickly! Click here for the recipe.
Vegan Matcha Cake with Vanilla Lemon Creme Frosting from Making Thyme for Health. This is a great recipe to surprise people at a party or family gathering. They will find it hard to believe it is vegan. The cake uses mashed bananas, coconut oil, nut milk and organic sugar. The frosting uses full fat coconut milk giving it a great thick texture. Click here for the recipe.
No Bake Matcha Protein Bites from Clean & Delicious with Dani Spies. This recipe takes all of 30 minutes and results in great tasting snacks that are healthy and delicious. I love making protein bites because they make a great mid-morning or mid-afternoon snack at the office. They are portable and filling, helping to keep me full until lunch or dinner. Click here for the recipe.
Green Tea Crepes with Matcha Ricotta and Raspberry Sauce from Recipe Runner. This is a great brunch or holiday recipe. Festive with the green from the match and the red from the raspberry sauce. It takes a little time make but is well worth it in the end. Click here for the recipe.
No-Bake Matcha (Vegan) Cheesecake from Feasting on Fruit. How is this no bake and vegan? Cashews are the secret. If you haven't used cashews yet in cooking for vegan versions of some of your favorite recipes, you are missing out. Cashews are a great substitute for ricotta cheese and in this case, cream cheese. The cheesecake needs 8 hours to chill but it only takes 20 minutes to get the crust and cake together! A quick yet elegant dessert. Click here for the recipe.
I hope this post inspired you to add matcha to your baking routine. It is healthy and versatile. A definite must in your lifestyle, even if you just drink it! If you try any of the above, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram as @heatherleehurst and use the #heathershealthhabits hashtag. I love seeing your takes on the recipes I share!