It seems like there is always a *superfood* in the spotlight + it appears it’s matcha’s time to shine. If you’re not familiar with this creamy, green goodness, allow us to give you the low-down. Matcha is powdered green tea leaves ++ unlike regular green tea [where you steep the leaves + only consume the tea-infused water], matcha powder is dissolved entirely into your choice of water or milk [hot or iced!] — thus creating a more powerful + potent version of green tea that is packed with nutrients.
Matcha’s health benefit resume is impressive. The green tea powder boasts benefits such as increased energy, high antioxidant levels, weight loss, decreased blood pressure + clearer skin. The most traditional form of consuming matcha is in tea form [powder stirred into hot or cold water]. Depending on your *matcha-to-water [or milk] ratio,* you can create a drink that is as creamy//frothy as your heart desires. Tea not really your thing? Never fear. There are countless ways to infuse this pretty, green, powdery goodness into foods you already eat.
Rather than topping your pancakes with sugary syrup, try using berries + a sprinkle of matcha powder. The subtle sweetness of the matcha powder mixed with your favorite fruit is a nutritional upgrade for your favorite Saturday morning breakfast. If you want to take it even further, try mixing matcha powder into your pancake batter. It might feel strange eating a green pancake [possible St. Patrick’s Day breakfast?!], but it sure tastes DELISH. // CHECK OUT THIS MATCHA PANCAKES RECIPE
Cool down after your favorite workout with a matcha popsicle. All it takes is three ingredients [matcha, milk + water], popsicle sticks + a popsicle mold. Feel free to put your own spin on this refreshing treat. Try using yogurt instead of milk or add you favorite berries. The possibilities are endless. // CHECK OUT THIS MATCHA POPSICLE RECIPE
3] BREAKFAST SPREAD
Amp up your breakfast with a matcha-infused cream cheese spread. Rich, smooth + creamy — you’ll want to use this spread for everything. Try it on your favorite bagel, toast or breakfast bar. You can even use it as a spread on your lunch sandwich. In fact, you’ll love it so much you might even add it to your favorite dessert. // CHECK OUT HOW TO MAKE MATCHA CREAM CHEESE
For the ultimate green food, try adding matcha to your favorite guacamole recipe. It adds a slightly herbal + sweet taste to an otherwise savory dish. Not to mention it gives it a huge antioxidant boost. // CHECK OUT THIS GUACOMATCHA RECIPE [if only because it has a cool name ; )]
5] MATCHA COCONUT LATTE RECIPE
Put a spin on your usual morning latte. With as little as two ingredients [depending on whether you prefer to add additional sweetener], this sweet matcha coconut latte delight is exponentially healthier + tastier than your go-to starbs order [saving those calories + your wallet]. // CHECK OUT THIS MATCHA COCONUT LATTE RECIPE
With hundreds of ways to enjoy matcha this summer, don’t be afraid to do some experimenting in the kitchen. For those participating in CHARGBOOTYCAMP, a matcha experiment is the perfect way to check off *make a CHAARG recipe* on the bucket list — we have plenty on the blog ; ). Who knows — matcha may just be your new favorite *superfood.* Do you have a matcha recipe you love? Share them with us in the comments below!
++ Briana [brianam_inchaarg] // VirtCHAARG Orlando