Matcha is having quite the moment. Matcha lattes, matcha soft serve, and matcha-laced sweet treats seem to be dominating the current healthy food scene. Matcha is not just vibrant and beautiful. It is loaded with beneficial nutrients. Start your day with a fully loaded bowl of matcha oats, and you will be going strong all day long.
Matcha is full of potent antioxidants and flavonoids which help fend off damaging free radicals. Matcha is made from ground whole tea leaves, so you are consuming the whole leaf as opposed to seeping and tossing a traditional tea bag. Drinking matcha allows you to digest a much larger amount of antioxidants then you would typically do with traditional bagged green tea. Matcha also contains high levels of ECGC and polyphenols which are anti-inflammatory and help improve cardiovascular health and blood pressure.
If you are considering weaning off coffee, matcha is a great alternative. It contains a lower dose of caffeine than coffee and also contains l-theanine. L-theanine is an amino acid that increases brain activity and mental alertness without causing drowsiness. Matcha also contains catechins, which boost the metabolism. When purchasing matcha, make sure you opt for an organic brand that is 100% matcha.
Matcha goji berry Oatmeal
- 1 cup filtered water
- 1 cup milk of your choice
- 2 teaspoons matcha powder
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 cup extra thick rolled oats, I like Bob's Red Mill
- 2 tablespoons goji berries
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted if you wish
In a small pot over low heat, whisk together the water, milk, matcha, and maple syrup until smooth and lump free. Add oats and goji berries and simmer on low for 10 to 15 minutes or until most of the liquid is absorbed. Stir oats every few minutes to avoid burning. To serve, top with sesame seeds and additional milk, if you wish.