How can Matcha benefit you? (5 Recipes Included!)

Wherever you look there is a new superfood being endorsed. With our diets, we sometimes jump ahead of ourselves adding in superfoods and revved up juices without working on the basics first.

‘Working on the basics’ sounds boring, things like portion size, a balance of fats, protein and carbs, as well as the most boring one of all which is consistency, meaning we are being consistent day in day out with the plan or program you are following.

 

So, how is matcha different to other superfoods and how can it help you right now?

Matcha can be something that you add into your basic diet which isn’t such a basic food, it’s a superfood. It’s high in antioxidants especially catechin, which is one of the most powerful antioxidants you can find. It can help to boost mood and concentration, supports calm and the immune system (which you need) and most of you will like the last named benefit which is it contains caffeine!

 

Our lives are not slowing down and for some of us we have become a little reliant on coffee or a caffeinated drink source. Without making you go cold turkey, matcha green tea is a fantastic swap alternative to coffee. No, I am not saying cut coffee out all together, but, decreasing the amount of coffee you drink, can help energy, sleep, mood, concentration, and help with fat loss and weight management. If you want to know more about why this happens then there is a blog on why diets always seem to ask you to decrease your coffee?

 

So, if you’re anything like me, I love coffee, the taste, smell, and the kick you get from it, then Matcha green tea can be an acquired taste you have to slowly get used to. Coffee is strong, smooth, bold, and Matcha green tea can be all of these things, but in a slightly different zone of taste. Below here are my top 5 match recipes that I swap out with coffee, I don’t find them gross, and I especially like the Matcha frothy hot chocolate mid morning when I am craving energy or sweet stuff! I still have one small coffee a day (when I say small it’s basically espresso with milk!) but it gives me what I want without damaging my energy or long term goals, which is what a program should be able to give you. Limited feeling of restriction, but all the benefits of achieving your goals.

 

So, tips are, get the basics of nutrition, don’t add in crazy expensive superfoods unless you’ve grasped the basics, and been able to stick to it consistently. Do a coffee swap with Matcha Green tea at least once a day. You will feel and see differences by simply doing these steps. It’s not difficult, but because of the amount of options, and information thrown around, it can become confusing, which is why we created the BeBikini program for women. An incredibly supportive, educational, and enjoyable 30 day program  which will give you everything you need to progress after the 30 days is over. Read more about this here.

 

1. Straight up

  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 2 tbsp collagen powder

Method:

  • Blend them all up

Benefits:

Gives you good sources of fat and gives you a kick you need. Tastes smooth and creamy, but if you’re new to this game, start with a matcha latte and then move onto this one later on.

 

2. Matcha Latte

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)

Method:

  • Heat the milk and add the matcha
  • Whisk with whatever you have
  • Add in the honey

Benefits:

It’s a great one to get you started on your matcha journey

 

3. Matcha Frothy Hot Chocolate

  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tsp matcha
  • 1 tbsp cacao or maca powder
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp honey (optional)

Method:

  • Heat up the almond milk in a pan
  • Place all the other ingredients into a cup and add a little hot milk
  • Stir until a paste
  • Add the rest of the milk
  • Use a whisk to froth it up
  • Enjoy

Benefits:

If you are one of those people who crave mid morning snacks of sweet stuff and an energy kick, then this one is a fabulous alternative for you. Matcha or maca bring you that chocolate taste and the matcha green tea will give you the kick.

 

4. Iced Matcha Mint and Lemon Iced tea

  • 10 mint leaves
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 full lemon juice squeezed
  • 250ml filtered cold water

Method:

  • Add everything to a cocktail shaker
  • Shake
  • Add ice
  • Enjoy

Benefits:

Boosts your Vit C and immune system, and can be a great hot day drink.

 

5. Spicy Matcha Latte

  • 80ml boiling water
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ⅛ turmeric
  • ⅛ ginger
  • 200ml unsweetened milk

Method:

  • Add the powers to the boiling water and mix into a paste
  • Warm the milk
  • Add in the mixture and whisk

Benefits:

This one is great if you have a cold, or you feel a little run down. It can also be a good one if you have joint pain or suffer from inflammation.

 

If you are really struggling to make headway with your own fitness, fat loss and energy balance give our team a call. We would be happy to help you design your week workout. Contact us below or call us on 0208 946 7174 or fill in the form below.

 

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Siobhan & the Beattitude Team

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