by Teniel Moore–Raw Foods Contributor
Want to try something new to drink thats full of amazing health benefits?
Have you tried a matcha latte? What is matcha?
Matcha is simply stone ground green tea leaves.
This tea is going to provide you with a powerhouse of antioxidants, vitamins & minerals. It is full of vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc & magnesium.
It can help calm & relax, burn calories, and is detoxifying. It is also rich in fiber –and that’s just naming a few of its benefits! If you are looking to add more nutrients into your day, ditch the coffee & try matcha. I buy organic matcha powder and a little goes a long way!
Matcha powder can be enjoyed in so many ways. Here are some ideas of how you can enjoy matcha:
• Creamy frothy coconut milk matcha latte (recipe below)
• Matcha milkshake over ice
• Matcha chia cereal (recipe below)
• Added to your green smoothie
• Throw some into your baked goods
If you have never tried this amazing green powder before, why not give it a try?
Here are 2 simple recipes for you to make using matcha:
1 cup of coconut milk (or any nut milk of choice)
1/2 tsp of matcha powder
Small amount of hot water to blend
~Heat your milk on the stove or use your coffee machine
~In a cup or small coffee plunger, add your matcha powder & mix a small amount of boiling water in and give it a good stir to break up all the lumps. (A tiny whisk would be helpful, or for the matcha enthusiasts you can actually buy a bamboo matcha whisk also called a chasen. But that is totally optional. I just use a fork.)
~Once you have whisked the powder well then add your hot nut milk. I like to use a single serve coffee plunger when making matcha. I then use the plunger to plunge up and down fast to create lovely frothy milk. If you do not have a coffee press, simply heat the milk using your coffee machine
~Serve in your favourite cup or bowl. Add sweetener of choice as matcha does have a slightly bitter taste. I use stevia but coconut nectar or raw honey would work great also.
Matcha Chia & Pear Cereal
1-2 Tbs of chia seeds
1/2 tsp of matcha
1 cup of almond milk
liquid Stevia (or sweetener of choice)
1/2 pear thinly sliced
crunchy topping for texture –I like to add dehydrated sprouted buckwheat
~Combine your chia seeds, sweetener & matcha powder with your nut milk in a serving bowl.
~Mix well and wait a few minutes for the chia seeds to swell.
~Thinly slice your pear & add half the pear to the chia mix along with cinnamon.
~Top it off with the rest of the thinly sliced pear and your crunchy topping for texture and another sprinkle of cinnamon.
TENIEL MOORE OF ADDICTED TO RAW
Raw Foods Contributor