Healthy Obsession: Matcha Green Tea Takes Dessert to a Whole New Level

January 12, 2016
by Courtney Wissot for Thrive Market
Healthy Obsession: Matcha Green Tea Takes Dessert to a Whole New Level

Packed with antioxidants, caffeine, and fiber, matcha green tea is one seriously energizing superfood.

Unlike regular, steeped green tea, matcha is made from the whole tea leaf, which is then ground into a super-fine powder that gets whisked with hot water. The result is a frothy, earthy-tasting beverage loaded with the cancer-fighting and heart-healthy polyphenol Epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG.

Sipping matcha as a tea is one way to reap the benefits, but cooking and baking with it works just as well.  Here are our top five favorite recipes starring Matcha Green Tea Powder.

Raw Matcha Ice Cream Cake

Lightly sweet coconut oil and matcha come together in a nutrient-packed “ice cream” layered over a sweet-salty almond crust.

Maca-Matcha Milkshake

This vibrant, non-dairy shake boosts both energy and vitality with the addition of maca, a superfood chockfull of alkaloids thought to increase stamina, boost libido, and combat fatigue.

Chocolate-Matcha Snack Sticks

Matcha gives this classic chocolate-dipped Japanese treat a burst of color—and nutrition.

Matcha Chia Pudding

Soaked chia seeds mixed with matcha powder, almond milk, and maple syrup delivers tons of antioxidants and healthy fats in a satisfying make-ahead breakfast.

Matcha Green Tea Rice Bowl

Interesting tidbit: Matcha poured over leftover rice is a famous late-night snack in Japan that’s thought to flush out toxins and kick hangovers to the curb. Here, the tea counters the richness of salmon, and adds delicate earthiness to brown rice.

Photo credit: Alicia Cho

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