We Healthy Mammas have previously mentioned matcha tea…but, I don’t think we’ve talked about just how healthy it is yet.
Matcha is a form of green tea, but it’s more potent than your run of the mill green tea because the tea leaves are ground into a powder form. The health benefits of matcha tea exceed those of green tea because when you drink matcha you ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. One glass of matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content.
- Rich in Antioxidants & Chlorophyll
- Contains Catechins (cancer fighting antioxidants) Only Found in Green Tea
- Naturally Mood Enhancing (contains L-theanine, an amino acid known to relax the mind)
- Zero on the Glycemic Index (will not raise insulin levels)
- Sugar-free, High in Fiber
First you start with about 1 to 1.5 teaspoons of matcha and 1/2 teaspoon of agave nectar.
Then use a matcha tea whisk (which you can find at a most health food stores or online) and whisk the tea/agave mixture with just a small amount of hot…but not boiling water…to make a paste. If you use boiling water it will actually scorch the matcha leaf and produce a bitter drink.
Then add heated hemp milk and fill to the rim. You could also use soy milk, almond milk, or any other milk beverage of your choice. Of course you can experiment with the amount of matcha and the amount of agave…depending on your taste. Stir, sit back, relax, & ENJOY!
I purchase my matcha powder at Whole Foods but it can easily be found and purchased on the web via sites such as www.matchasource.com
I followed up my matcha latte with a steaming bowl of Blueberry & Pear Quinoa. Quinoa is a staple in our healthy house…we eat it at lunch, dinner, and especially at breakfast. I literally eat this delicious and nutritious super food for breakfast almost every single morning of the week. It has a mild, slightly nutty taste and texture so it pairs well with so many other foods…vegetables, fruits, nuts, legumes…you name it!
As you might already know, quinoa is a gluten free amino-acid rich protein seed (not a grain although it is often referred to as one) that is native to South America. The protein it supplies is a complete protein which means it contains all 9 essential amino acids. It is close to one of the most complete foods in nature because it contains amino acids, enzymes, vitamins and minerals, fiber, antioxidants and phytonutrients. Wow ~ now that’s a great way to start your morning!
You can add your choice of favorite fruit(s). I love the combination of blueberries and pear so for me this could not have been more delish! You could also top this with chopped nuts or add a little almond milk upon serving to make it a bit creamier…I might have to try that next time. Have a healthy happy day!
|Good Morning Blueberry & Pear Quinoa||
- 3/4 cup uncooked quinoa (rinsed and drained)
- 1 & 1/2 cups water
- 1/2 cup Apple Juice (fresh pressed not from concentrate)
- 1/2 pear peeled and chopped
- 3/4 cup fresh blueberries
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- Agave to sweeten (to taste)
- In a medium sauce pan, bring water and quinoa to a boil
- Reduce heat to low and simmer until all water is absorbed (15 to 20 min)
- Stir in apple juice, pear, blueberries, and cinnamon and continue to simmer for just a few minutes until everything is warmed through and blueberries begin to pop open
- Serve with a drizzle of agave nectar on top (to taste)