Being a busy mother of two can leave me feeling... tired. Whether it's a sleepless night, feeling drained from a busy day or week (or year!) or perhaps just not being unable to sit down and really unwind. Any one of these reasons, or all, gives cause to needing a pick me up. This is my perfect solution: Matcha green tea.
I cannot do coffee on a regular basis. If you're like me and prone to inflammation, especially throughout your digestive tract, then coffee can just aggravate an already sensitive system. Not only that but when I drink coffee I get busy, like wheels spinning out of control in my head and a body that can't seem to quiet. This creates irritability. So, unless I'm feeling great and don't 'need' a coffee, I steer clear.
Not only does Matcha give me a boost in energy, but it's a calm energy. What I mean by this is that I can be focused and concentrate without the jitters. My energy also lasts throughout the day. When I have a cup at 10am I am still going strong until 7pm. Matcha also has some pretty amazing health benefits like being rich in antioxidants, promoting healthy weight loss, gently detoxifying the body, strengthening the immune system, rich in chlorophyll (plant blood), vitamins and minerals and is great a supporting blood sugar levels. Oh and did I mention it tastes amazing?!
And so I created this recipe for Matcha. My favourite seed butter in this recipe is pumpkin seed butter, it just adds something special. The healthy fat from the butter also helps the body absorb fat soluable vitamins. It also makes it creamy.
- 1/2-1 tsp Matcha green tea powder
- 1 3/4 cups boiling water, divided
- 4 medjool dates, pitted
- 1-2 tbsp pumpkin seed butter
- 1/2-1 tsp vanilla powder (Optional: extract is fine but you'll taste the alcohol. Powder is better)
- In a high speed blender, add dates, seed butter, match powder and vanilla powder if using. Blend on high for 1 minute.