If I told you there was something you could slip in to your water, tea, smoothies, granola bars, bliss balls, and chia pudding that gives you energy without the jitters, boosts immunity and metabolism, and enhances concentration, would you be curious to hear more??
Meet matcha powder. *shaking hands* I usually start my day with an espresso and then sip on green tea until about noon, mostly to give me a boost but also to reap the benefits of the antioxidants. Matcha is more concentrated and a half teaspoon has ten fold the benefits of a cup of steeped green tea. Doing further research on this pantry staple, I have learned that matcha contains compounds that fights cancer cells and inhibits their growth. I constantly aim to improve my and my client’s immune system to combat disease, so I am putting matcha on all future meal plans.
I was given a generous sample of matcha ninja to play around with and I came up with my new fave post-workout snack, Maple Walnut Matcha Balls. Pop a couple of these within and hour of working out to help repair broken muscle fibers and replenish lost energy stores. If you have a few left over, pack them for the ultimate coffee break snack at work or school.
In a food processor, chop finely:
- 1 cup organic rolled oats
- 1 cup walnuts
Add and pulse until blended:
- 2 Tblsp tahini or almond butter
- 1 Tblsp melted coconut oil
- 1 Tblsp ground flax seeds
- 1 Tblsp chia seeds
- 2 Tblsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp matcha ninja powder
Scoop into a large bowl and roll into bite sized balls. Refrigerate for 1/2 hour to set up and keep cool until ready to eat.
Makes approximately 12 balls.
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