What is Matcha? + Matcha Protein Balls
Matcha is a powdered green tea that has been consumed for centuries in Japan as part of traditional tea ceremonies. Buddhist monks have also been using it for energy, concentration, wellness and longevity. Matcha might be a bit of a buzzword trend, but for good reason!
Matcha can be consumed as a tea or used in recipes.
Health Benefits of Matcha:
Antioxidant powerhouse with up to 137 times the antioxidants and up to 10 times the nutritional content of regular green tea. Antioxidants are anti-ageing, cancer-fighter and help support immune function.
ORAC (oxygen radical absorbance capacity) antioxidant rating of 1300 units per gram (pomegranates are 105 units and blueberries are 91 units per gram).
Rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins including vitamin C, selenium, chromium and zinc.
Metabolism enhancer with up to 137 times the EGCGs (epigallocatechin gallate) that regular green tea contains.
Boosts focus & energy as its rich in amino acids, particularly L-Theanine which is unique to tea. L-Theanine promotes relaxation and concentration at the same time and provides a sustained energy release over a prolonged time. It also promotes a slower breakdown of caffeine in the body, reducing jitters or crashes that some people experience.
Supports detoxification as its rich in chlorophyll.
Matcha Protein Balls
A perfect snack on-the-go, these gluten free, refined sugar free and vegan protein balls contain the additional health benefits of Matcha
Makes: 12 balls
- 1/2 cup oats (alternatively use almond flour if sensitive or coeliac)
- 1/4 cup vanilla vegan protein powder (note: the recipe hasn’t been tested with whey protein)
- 1 tsp Matcha powder
- 3 tbls raw cacao powder
- 2 tbls chia seeds
- 4 tbls coconut oil, melted
- 3 tbls rice malt syrup (or alternative sweetener of choice
- Additional Matcha and desiccated coconut for rolling
- Pulse oats in a food processor or blender until you get a coarse flour.
- Add oat flour and all other ingredients into a mixing bowl and combine (if mixture is too dry, add a little more coconut oil. If too wet, add more oats).
- Roll into balls. Roll through Matcha and desiccated coconut.
- Set in the fridge for a few hours, or the freezer for 30mins if short on time. Store in the fridge until ready to eat.