Anyone else obsessed with matcha? If you’re reading this and thinking what on earth is matcha (have you been living under a rock?) it’s basically strong green tea powder which boasts a long list of health benefits. Matcha is grown in the shade for 20 weeks before being harvested, which boosts its levels of chlorophyll and catechins. It’s then ground into a powder, so you consume the whole leaf as opposed to the water of a green teabag. It’s the perfect alternative to coffee as the caffeine is released at a slower rate so avoids the “crash” later on.
- Matcha may help to improve memory and concentration due to the production of dopamine and serotonin
- Matcha helps increase your metabolic rate so may aid in weight loss
- The antioxidant and anti-carcinogenic effects may reduce the risk of cancer
- Matcha may enhance the skin and help prevent wrinkles
3 ways to add matcha to your diet today
- Cinnamon Matcha Latte – A nourishing and antioxidant-rich replacement to coffee, leaving you calm with a gentle buzz.
- Matcha, Mango & Spinach Smoothie – The mango gives a tropical sweet base, while the spinach adds a vibrant green colour!
- Matcha Blueberry Overnight Oats (recipe below!) – These thick and creamy Matcha Overnight Oats take less than five minutes to prepare. All you need to do is stir together all the ingredients, refrigerate overnight and grab-and-go in the morning! Plus, it’s sweetened naturally with just a ripe mashed banana.
Matcha Blueberry Overnight Oats Recipe
This recipe was developed in collaboration with Indigo Herbs using their ingredients.
- ½ cup rolled oats
- ⅔ cup (175g) dairy-free yoghurt
- 2 teaspoon matcha powder
- 1 very ripe banana
- ¼ cup blueberries, fresh or frozen (plus 2 tablespoons for topping)
- 3 tablespoons hazelnuts, roughly chopped (plus 1 tablespoon for topping)
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Optional: 1 teaspoon maple syrup/honey, to drizzle on top
- Mash the banana with a fork, then stir in all other ingredients until fully combined.
- Cover and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or overnight.
- Remove from the fridge, place in two glass jars or bowls, and top with remaining blueberries, hazelnuts and a drizzle of honey or maple syrup. Alternatively, heat it up over the stove or in the microwave for a warming 2-minute breakfast!
If you make this recipe, don’t forget to tag me on Instagram @cerealandpeanutbutter – I LOVE seeing all your creations!
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