The Minimalist Yogi Matcha Latte

Source: The Minimalists Yogi

Source: The Minimalists Yogi

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk ( I prefer coconut and Cashew milk)

  • 1 tsp Matcha powder

  • 1 tsp Organic Coconut butter

  • 1 tsp vanilla paste

  • 1 tsp 1 Cinnamon

  • 1 tsp Collagen powder

  • 1 tbs of mushroom elixir (optional)

  • ¼ tsp Honey (alternative sweetener)

Instructions

  1. Add everything into a blender and blend everything until frothy. It will be hot so make sure to be extra careful when removing the lid. Make sure to open it away from you.

  2. Add a little sweetener if you feed the tasted a little bitter - and you’re Instagram ready!

Brands i use for my Matcha:

Matcha - Super Food, Matcha Green Tea Powder, 4oz, Organic

Coconut Butter - Artisana, Organics, Raw Coconut Butter, 14 oz (397 g)

Collagen Powder - Organika Enhanced Collagen Vitality

Vanilla Paste -Nielsen-Massey Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Bean Paste

Chage Mushroom - Four Sigmatic Chaga mushroom Elixir

What the heck is Matcha tea?

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Matcha, matcha, matcha, lately Matcha tea is all the craze among health and wellness bloggers. It seem like you can't check your instangram accounts lately without seeing the bright green color of matcha-infused lattes, cakes, and smoothies. For tea lover like myself, it's great!! there is nothing like a good health trend that doesn't involve starving yourself or depriving yourself in hope of losing weight. Put simply, the world has gone bonkers for matcha,  from matcha latte, smoothie,  brownies, energy balls to cake. Unless unless you've been living under a rock, you've definitely noticed this new craze.  I am proud to say that I am a part of this matcha cult. For this post I thought I'd give you guys a little breakdown to what is matcha green tea, and how I make my morning matcha latte.

For this specif pose I've decided not to offer the health benefits of the tea, but there are many benefits associated with matcha tea. If you're really interested in learning more about the tea, its historical background and others, I'd recommand reading the following Books: Matcha: A Lifestyle Post - Matcha - The Matcha Miracle: Boost Energy, Focus and Health with Green Tea Powder

So what's Matcha?

Let’s start with the basics, what is matcha tea? matcha green tea is delicate tea leaf variety typically grown and processed in Japan. Matcha tea is typically used in Japanese tea ceremonies. The green tea are often shaded from the sun for few weeks of their growth, which help increasing the chlorophyll content and creating a gorgeous green color. Then, the leaves are carefully ground with stone grinding wheels to produce a fine powder. The powder can then be used to brew an antioxidant rich frothy green tea or in recipes like smoothies or baking.

 

Matcha Latte

Okay, lets talk about making that morning matcha latte

Ingredients

  • 1 cup unsweetened plant-based milk (hemp seed milk, soy, or almond)
  • 1 tsp matcha powder
  • 1 tsp moringa powder (optional)
  • 1 tsp raw organic coconut butter
  • 1 tsp collegan powder
  • ¼ tsp Honey (optional)

Instructions

  1. Combine milk, matcha, collegan, coconut butter, honey and moringa powder (optional) in a small in blender. Blend until smooth and creamy. Once it's done, set it aside.
  2. While the matcha is blending make sure to boil a cup of water in a kettle.
  3. Pour the matcha into a mug and add your boiled water. Serve immediately and enjoy!!!

Matcha Energy Balls

So one of my biggest weakness is my sweet tooth, which makes it very difficult to stay healthy or eat healthy. My kryptonite is anything with sugar (gummbarries, jellybeans, jujubes, win gums etc..) and the list goes on. To curve this sugar addiction I often make energy balls. Energy balls are the perfect snack to have around when you have sweet tooth like myself or when you're craving something sweet but healthy. Each providea little of fiber, protein, healthy fat, and natural sugars for an energy boost

Ingredients

  • 1 cup of pruns
  • 1 cup gluten free oats
  • 1/2 cup water or almond milk or hemp seed milk
  • 1/4 cup walnuts
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 Cup almond Butter
  • 2 tsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp Artisana, Organics, Raw Coconut Butter)
  • 1 tsp collagen powder
  • 2 tsp of honey
  • 1 cup of Brookside dark brookside dark chocolate pomegranate (Optional: or vegan chocolate)

Optional Topping

  • Chia seeds
  • Matcha powder
  • Hemp seeds
  • Quinoa
  • Cocoa powder
  • pistachio

Direction

1. Start by placing the pruns, almond butter, honey, coconut butter, and milk/water in a blender or food processor. Process the pruns until small pieces forms and they're sticky. Empty into a bowl and set aside.

2. Place your chocolates bits into food processor until they're in small pieces, but not as fine as flour. Empty into a small bowl and set it aside

3. In food processor blend/process the rest of the ingredients, coconut oil, walnuts, cinnamon, chia seeds, quinoa, hemp seeds, collegen powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg.

4. A mixing bowl, add the mixed pruns, dark chocolate and coconut oil, walnuts, cinnamon, chia seeds, quinoa, hemp seeds, collegen powder, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Using your hand to mix everything together, and make sure that it's sticky or you're able to form a ball. Add a little of honey to make it easy to make the balls.

5. Scoop out round tablespoon amounts and using your hands to roll into little balls in the palms of your hands. Then rolled into matcha powder, enjoy immediately orstore in the fridgefor 3-4 hours or overnight.

Bite and enjoy! just try not to eat them all at once!

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