Matcha Chia Pudding with a Boost of MCT

This Matcha Chia Pudding with a Boost of MCT recipe might just change your life! Seriously! Once you know the basics of making a chia pudding there are no limits to what you can create.

I’m all about quick and simple meals, especially ones that travel well. In this recipe I used Perfect Keto’s Matcha Latte MTC Powder, stirred in some water, a few stevia drops and mixed it all together. I topped it off with coconut shavings, cashew butter (I used this brand) and homemade coconut yogurt.

Alternatively, you can replace water for a no-sugar-added almond, cashew, or coconut milk and serve with raspberries and some shaved dark chocolate or cacao nibs and you’ve got yourself a decadent Summer dessert recipe.

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What You’ll Need

3 teaspoons chia seeds

1 Scoop Perfect Keto’s Matcha Latte MTC Powder*

1 cup of water or plant based milk

1 pinch of mineral salt

2-3 drops stevia or monk fruit

Toppings:

Coconut shavings, to taste

Nut butter, to taste

Coconut yogurt, to taste

What You’ll Need To Know

Place chia seeds, mineral salt, stevia drops, and liquid base in a medium jar. Seal the lid and give it a good shake.

Let it rest of a few minutes and give it another good shake.

Allow mixture to sit for at least 30 minutes, but overnight is best.

Garnish with toppings and enjoy!


*Side Notes:

You can also use Ceremonial Matcha powder in combination with MCT powder or opt to not use an MCT. I’ve never used MTC oil in this recipe and can’t guarantee tasty results with it!

Savoring Matcha Moments: Matcha Latte Recipe

By now, you've probably heard many of the health benefits of matcha tea. If you haven't tried it yet, you may want to stock up because it's so good for you!

The wellness community is ever-changing, and there seems to be no shortage of trendy diets and superfoods to try out. But how do we navigate through what is effective and what is nonsense? The science behind matcha, the green powder that people have been putting into smoothies and lattes, has proved that this superfood does indeed have some health benefits.

Read on to learn more about why you should start incorporating matcha into your regime and all of the health benefits of matcha tea that you can enjoy.

Why You Should Savor Matcha Moments

So What Is Matcha Exactly?

Matcha has been used in Japan for centuries as a traditional sacred beverage. Today, you can’t go to a coffee shop or juice bar without seeing it offered on the menu.

Matcha is a green powder made from a particular type of green tea leaf. Matcha differs from regular green tea because unlike green tea, matcha is covered and grown in the shade for up to 20 weeks before being harvested. Living and growing in the shade allows the chlorophyll levels to increase, giving matcha powder a bright green coloring. After 20 weeks, the green tea leaves are dried out and ground into a fine powder, ready to be used in your favorite coffee creation.

Health Benefits You'll Love

The health benefits of green tea have been scientifically proven time and time again, and that goes for matcha as well. Thanks to the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) found in matcha you can expect:

  • Increased metabolic function
  • Decreased risk of most types of cancers
  • Improved skin appearance
  • Improved brain function
  • Reduced risk of heart disease
  • Decreased risk of diabetes
  • Slower aging process
  • Immune system support
  • Decreased inflammation in the body

It does everything for improved overall health and can even reverse many existing health conditions and diseases. Both matcha powder and green tea possess powerful antioxidants and healing properties, but matcha has a higher potency. Compared to your standard green tea, studies have proven that matcha has up to three times the amount of EGCG!

The Optimal Dosage

You might be wondering how much of the green powder you have to consume to get the greatest benefits. From the research, the optimal dosage is about 100 to 200 mg of EGCG, which equates to about 2 to 5 cups of matcha a day. To get the most out of this superfood, try to drink it as a tea without adding milk or any other ingredients. You can still enjoy a matcha latte in moderation - just try to include other sources as well.

The positives of drinking matcha tea outweigh the negatives, but like most things in life, there are pros and cons. Heavy metals such as lead can be found in many plant products because they absorb them from the soil. All teas, not just matcha, absorb lead at a higher rate, and it’s thought to be higher in matcha because you are consuming the whole leaf, not just what is left after steeping it.

To decrease your exposure to heavy metals in your matcha tea, try to avoid any tea that comes from China. Studies have shown that the pollution in China causes the leaves to contain higher levels of lead. Read the label on your matcha tea and make sure it’s from Japan.


What You'll Need

1 1/2 teaspoons matcha powder

1 tablespoon hot water

2 teaspoons honey, or to taste

3/4 cup hot cashew or almond milk
 

What You'll Need To Know

Sift the matcha powder into a cup.

Add the water and stir until no lumps remain.

Stir in the honey.

Add the milk and serve.


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Valerie is a San Francisco native who gave up the comforts of home to travel the world continuously. Now based in Portland, OR, Valerie is a Social Media Marketing Consultant, helping solo entrepreneurs and small business owners DIY their social media by teaching them the in’s and out’s of SMM. She enjoys health hacking recipes, a good cocktail, yoga, hikes, live shows, puns & dad jokes.

Lucuma Matcha Latte

I want to share my current warm-tonic-matcha-addiction with you. This Lucama Matcha Latter is so frothy, creamy and delicious. 

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There is something so delicious about Matcha, combined with lucama, collagen and a good source of fat that helps give me sustainable energy, optimal brain function, and focus. So much so, it'll make you not miss coffee.

You'll love that lucuma powder delivers plenty of health benefits when added to your favorite food or beverage, and has a slightly sweet taste to it. In addition to satisfying your sweet tooth, lucuma is gluten-free and a source of antioxidants, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals necessary for bodily functions and of benefit to the immune system.

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LUCUMA MATCHA LATTE

Makes 1 serving

What You'll Need

1 tsp Matcha (high-quality, I used Tea Bar brand)
1 tbsp Lucuma Powder (I used MRM brand*)
1 scoop vanilla collagen peptides (I used Vital Proteins brand)
1/2 tsp Coconut Oil
1 cup warm cashew milk
1/2 cup hot water (not boiling)
1/4 tsp Ashwagandha (I used SunPotions brand)
1 tbsp Honey or 2-3 drops Stevia
1 pinch of sea salt

* Use promo code 'valerie' on MRM for 40% off your order.

What You'll Need To Know

1. Add the Matcha powder and hot water to a high-speed blender. Secure the top of your blender and blend for 30 sec.

2. Then add the Lucuma, collagen, coconut oil and ashwagandha, sweetner, sea salt and blend again.

3. In a small pot warm up the cashew milk and then add it to the blender as well. If you are using a VitaMix, skip this step and blend for 3 minutes until warm.

4. Pour into a mug and enjoy!

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Matcha Mint Chia Pudding

Try and try and try again. That's basically the theme when it comes to recipe developing. Sometimes you nail it on the first attempt; other times it takes three or four attempts. That's what happened with this Matcha Mint Chia Pudding.

Matcha Mint Chia Pudding

This recipe started off as an ambitious Matcha Mint Chocolate Chia Pudding (and when I say chocolate, I really mean cacao nibs!) My first attempt was overdone with mint and maybe a bit too much matcha, and failure to blend the mint leaves with the nut milk. The second attempt, I cut back on the mint leaves, blended them up with the nut milk and a bit less matcha, and it tasted a bit better. The third attempt, out of pure laziness to make nut milk, I used a cinnamon cashew milk blend from Greenleaf Juicing, a local juice and smoothie shop here in Portland. I was on to something here! This inspired what would be my final attempt to get this recipe right. I blended up homemade cashew milk with coconut shavings, a couple of mint leaves, vanilla bean, cinnamon, and dates. It was magic and time to add some matcha to the mix.

This chia seed pudding recipe is pretty darn delicious! The hints of mint and the shift between grassy to sweet of the matcha are complimented by the slight hints of vanilla and coconut. It was reminiscent of my favorite Tea Bar drink, Matcha Latte with Coconut Milk, but with an added hint of mint. Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as I did! 

Matcha Mint Chia Pudding
Matcha Mint Chia Pudding
Matcha Mint Chia Pudding
Matcha Mint Chia Pudding

What You'll Need

1 1/2 cup Cashew Milk, unsweetened
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
1/8 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp matcha green tea powder (I used Tea Bar's brand)
2 fresh mint leaves
1 tbsp coconut shavings, unsweetened
2 Medjool dates, pitted (or 1 tbsp honey)
Pinch of sea salt
1 scoop Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides (optional)
1/4 cup chia seeds
1 tbsp hemp seeds

Toppings
Blueberries
Hemp seeds
Cacao nibs

What You'll Need To Know

In a high-speed blender, combine all the above ingredients, except for the chia seeds, hemp seeds, and toppings. Blend until smooth.

Pour into a medium sized bowl and gently whisk in chia seeds and hemp seeds.

Cover and refrigerate overnight, or for at least 1 hour so the chia seeds can absorb the liquid.

Top with blueberries, hemp seeds, and cacao nibs.

Stores well in the fridge, covered for up to 2 - 3 days.

Recipe makes 1 serving.

Upgraded Coconut Matcha Latte

Upgraded Coconut Matcha

I know. 

I know.

Lately, I've been making a lot of Dave Asprey’s Bulletproof-style beverages. They give more energy to my day, fuel my brain and body, are quickly made, and they get me through the early part of my morning or during that midday slump.

Today, I’m sharing an organic matcha tea, created Bulletproof-style. Matcha tea is green tea, where the leaves are ground and consumed whole. It’s a beautiful drink, and the rich color reminds me of the lushness of the PNW.

So, this upgraded matcha latte has got all the goods: matcha powder, coconut mylk, Bulletproof Brain Octane oil, 4th & Heart Madagascar Vanilla Ghee, sweet leaf stevia vanilla drops, hempseeds and collagen peptides, all blended up to frothy deliciousness. 

Upgraded Coconut Matcha
Upgraded Coconut Matcha
Upgraded Coconut Matcha

What You'll Need To Know

1. In a small saucepan, bring the coconut mylk to a boil over low-medium heat, and then immediately remove from the heat.

2. Mix the hot water and matcha tea powder together in a cup.

3. In a high-speed blender (I used this brand), combine the tea mixture, coconut mylk, ghee, brain octane oil, collagen peptides, hempseeds, and vanilla stevia drops and blend for 30-60 seconds.

4. Pour in mug and enjoy!

Here's What You'll Need

1 tsp Matcha (I used this brand)

8oz unsweetened coconut mylk 

4oz filtered water

1 tbsp Bulletproof Brain Octane oil

1 tbsp 4th & Heart Madagascar Vanilla Ghee

1 tsp hempseeds 

1 scoop collagen peptides

Optional: 2-3 drops sweet leaf stevia vanilla drops *

* omit for Whole30

Raw Matcha Protein Balls

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Rolled up some brain boosting, muscle fueling, energizing matcha protein bombs using Motion Matcha last week and they were down-right delicious.

Feel free to play around with the ingredients; you may like more or less of some things. You can always add to the recipe, like mixing in different kinds of nuts and seeds to give them some crunch. Have fun and experiment with the flavors to suit your tastes.

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Raw Matcha Protein Bombs Motion Matcha

What You'll Need

1 tbs matcha (add more if you like it strong!)
1 cup (100g) pumpkin seeds
2 1/4 cups (200g) raw cashews
40g vanilla protein
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut shavings (extra for rolling)
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp vanilla powder
3 tbs tahini
6 soaked pitted dates (reserve date water)

What You'll Need To Know

1. In a food processor, add pumpkin seeds, 1/2 the cashews and oats until mixture looks crumbly.

2. Add matcha and vanilla protein and process again to combine.

3. Add in vanilla paste, tahini and dates to the mixture while processing.

4. Add reserved date water to help combine mixture.

5. Process the mixture until it combines and starts to stick together, add water to help bind if the mixture looks dry.

6. Add coconut shavings and the remainder cashews, process just enough to combine but to retain the crunch and texture.

7. Roll into 16 decent sized balls then garnish with extra desiccated coconut.
Store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

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Matcha Hemp Energy Balls

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Have you heard, Matcha is the new "it" superfood this year. It's been recently making waves in the health and beauty worlds because the green tea leaves are believed to be high in antioxidants.

Even though regular steeped green tea is considered healthy because the leaves contain antioxidants, water can only extract a small about of the leaves' nutritional properties. With matcha, one consumes the entire leaf, in a powdered form, making it exponentially more healthful. With such an antioxidant punch, it's no wonder that matcha just is the new superfood.

There are so many different ways to incorporate matcha in your diet, aside from drinking it. You're going to love this Matcha Hemp Energy Ball recipe. It's a perfect energy boosting snack or a pre-workout boost.

Here’s why keeping these energy balls readily available in your fridge will keep you feeling filled and fueled up for your day.

  • Matcha is super high in antioxidants
  • Hemp seeds have a ton of potassium, contains the essential fatty acids we need to get from food, and are a complete protein as they have every essential amino acid. It’s also high in fiber and omega-3 and 6. OK so basically hemp is amazing.
  • Nut and seed butters have the heathy kind of fats we need to fill us up, not out!
  • Oats have the B vitamins we need for energy, fiber to keep us feeling full and keep things “moving along” properly, and helps stabilize blood sugar levels. No thanks to those nasty sugar spike and slumps!
  • Dates provide a good dose of magnesium, potassium, and fiber. They’re also great for pregnant women; some studies show if consumed regularly in the last 4 weeks it can potentially decrease chances of an induction and augmentation of labor.
  • Honey is just good. It never goes bad.  The raw honey I used was from South Africa (you do not need to use African honey!). Yes, I am that person that manages to find a farmers market while vacationing in South Africa and brings home their local honey.
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What You'll Need

2 TB matcha powder
1/4 cup chopped dates, packed (about 7 dates)
1 cup nut or seed butter**
1/3 cup oats
2-3 TB raw honey or brown rice syrup**
1 tsp cinnamon
3 TB hemp hearts/seeds

What You'll Need To Know

Combine all ingredients except the hemp hearts in a food processor. Pulse until all ingredients have formed together nicely, it will look chunky but well combined.

Form into small balls and roll delicately in hemp hearts.

Store in the fridge or freezer to enjoy anytime!

Notes

** For vegan use brown rice syrup. Depending on how sweet you want it, adjust tablespoons accordingly. I used 2.

** I combined both almond & peanut butters.

Recipe makes 12 balls. 

The Matcha Hemp Ball recipe was originally published in AskLeahRenee.com