I don’t know about you, but one of my favorite things to do in the Summer is to sit by the fire and make S’mores with my kids. The problem is that it doesn’t always fit into my healthy eating plan. Instead of feeling deprived (and Hangry!) I searched for alternative solutions to my cravings and came up with this life-saver. It really does taste like Summer. (If you haven’t given Chocolate Shakeology a try and would like to- just give me a shout! Happy Summer!
I’ve been hearing so much about Matcha lately that it got my curiosity peaked. So just how healthy is the green powder?
According to Yahoo Health, “A study found that one serving of matcha has 137 times more disease-fighting polyphenols, called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), than a brewed mug of conventional China Green Tips — the equivalent of up to 10 cups of regular green tea! With such an antioxidant punch, it’s no wonder that matcha just may be the new superfood.” Read on for why it could just be a miracle in a mug.
Turns out people add it to baked goods, cereals, smoothies or drink it with hot water and honey. I’ll give it a try in my morning Greenberry Smoothie with apple cider vinegar, flax and pineapple.
A quick recap tells us that it is a disease-fighting, detox-inducing, jitter free energy boost that helps you lose weight. Sounds like it is worth giving a try to me. Here is an amazing sounding recipe found on thehealthymaven.com that I plan on giving a try.
- ½ cup soft,pitted dates* (make sure they are sticky)
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 T matcha green tea powder + more for dusting
- 1 T unsweetened almond milk
- Add dates and almonds to a food processor and process until they come together into a sticky ball.
- Break up ball and add in cocoa powder, matcha powder and almond milk.
- Process until all ingredients have been combined and form into a large sticky ball again.
- Roll into 10 small balls and dust with more matcha powder.
- Store in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks or longer in freezer.