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.
Lightly sweet coconut oil and matcha come together in a nutrient-packed “ice cream” layered over a sweet-salty almond crust.
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.
Matcha gives this classic chocolate-dipped Japanese treat a burst of color—and nutrition.
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.
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.
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