If you love Matcha tea, this is the post you've been waiting for! Match is a powerful ground up powder of green tea leaves. It is so healthy for you because it is full of antioxidants and polyphenols. The most popular polyphenol in Matcha tea is EGCG (Epigallocatechin gallate - much easier to just say EGCG). EGCG can boost your metabolism and may help slow or stop the growth of cancer cells.Other matcha benefits are to help regulate blood sugar, reduce blood pressure and may protect against heart disease. (Source: Health.com) Needless to say, Matcha seems like a powerhouse tea and it tastes good too!
Sometimes it is inconvenient to drink matcha since it is a powdered tea. Green tea in a tea bag is fine but the tea leaves don't give the health boost that matcha does. The difference is the matcha powder is dissolved in water while the tea bag simply steeps in water. When you drink matcha, you are ingesting the ground up tea leaves and absorbing the health benefits. While I try to drink matcha tea once a day, I've been exploring ways to cook with it as well. There are so many great matcha recipes, I just want to share them with you!
Here are 13 ways to cook with powerful matcha tea:
1. Lattes. This is the easiest way to get matcha into your life everyday. Hot or cold, matcha powdered tea dissolves in the water and then add your choice of dairy or non-dairy. I use almond milk. When I want a hot latte, I use a milk frother. You don't have to buy a latte at a beverage shop or eatery. I own a VaVa Frother which you can buy on amazon for $39.99 at the time I am writing this post. I've had one for more than a year and it really works well.
2. Smoothies. Since matcha dissolves well into liquids, the next obvious choice is to put some in your smoothies. The serving size of matcha powdered tea is 1/2 a teaspoon. So you don't need a lot of it. The bag I bought on amazon has 100 servings. That is a lot of matcha and a lot of smoothies!
3. Cookies. Who said cookies can't be healthy? Matcha in cookies makes a beautiful a green color and gives you a healthy way to satisfy your sweet tooth. There are recipes for matcha shortbread cookies, matcha butter cookies and matcha sandwich cookies. Below are some recipes to try.
4. Muffins. Breakfast can sometimes get boring. I like to make muffins every once in a while to have variety but I also want to keep it healthy. Matcha muffins meet that goal. I found a great dairy-free and vegan recipe from Go Dairy Free. Click here to try it.
5. Bread. Similar to muffins, a nice piece of homemade Matcha Green Tea Banana Bread keeps breakfast interesting. Or this bread can be an afternoon snack with a matcha latte. Click here for the recipe from Fearless Dining.
6. Oatmeal. I eat oatmeal for breakfast at least 4 days a week. It is easy to make and the add-in combinations are endless. I always have a 1/2 cup of frozen organic blueberries in oatmeal and I will add matcha. Simply add in 1/2 teaspoon to whatever oatmeal recipe you are making for added nutritional value.
7. Cake. Looking for a dessert that will look amazing and have a healthy ingredient? You have to try this Matcha Green Tea Molten Lava Cakes from Kirbie. They truly look like they came from an expensive restaurant but have healthy matcha in them. Click here for the recipe.
8. Smoothie Bowl. Sometimes I want a smoothie bowl instead of a smoothie. There is just something different and more like eating a bowl of cereal or oatmeal with a smoothie bowl. It feels a bit more satisfying than drinking a smoothie. This Green Matcha Smoothie Bowl from Cooktoria is full of fruit and matcha. Additional toppings to try are shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, blueberries and cocoa nibs. Click here for the recipe.
9. Brownies. Yes, even brownies can be made with matcha. These Matcha Almond Flour Brownies from Nong's Kitchen are beautiful and satisfy your chocolate craving. Click here for the recipe.
10. Energy Bites. Have you tried to make energy bites yet? I have. They are surprisingly easy. Usually about 15 minutes to get the ingredients into the food processor, a few minutes to combine it all together and then roll the bites. Put them into the refrigerator and let them chill. A perfect healthy snack that even kids will love. This recipe from Living Well Mom is a great example. Click here for the recipe.
11. Cheesecake. In fact, this recipe is a paleo, gluten-free and dairy-free cheesecake. It looks beautiful. Perfect for a special occasion such as a baby shower, birthday or bridal shower. Click here to access the recipe from A Squirrel in the Kitchen.
12. Waffles. I have a renewed interest in waffles. I never really thought about making them over the weekend for a quick and healthy breakfast until I started seeing unique waffle recipes on Pinterest. Who knew sweet potatoes could be made into a batter and cooked in a waffle iron? I make waffles and then simply heat them up in a toaster oven for a few minutes. I found a Healthy Blueberry Matcha Waffles recipe from Fit Mitten Kitchen for a quick breakfast. Click here for the recipe.
13. Soup. I was as shocked as you are when you see soup on the list. It shouldn't be so surprising since we already know that matcha dissolves easily into liquids. This Creamy Greens and Match Soup from An Unrefined Vegan uses coconut milk for the creaminess. The recipe states you can drink this hot or cold. Click here for the recipe.
I hope this post inspired you to add matcha to your healthy eating routine. I really enjoy it and wanted to share with you the health benefits. If you enjoyed this post and want to receive more healthy living tips and recipes for free, follow my blog on Bloglovin.
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