This magical green tea is gaining popularity and for good reason.
Here are the top reasons we love it so matcha:
1) Matcha is the only tea that you actually ingest rather than seeping it like traditional tea.
2) Since it is grown in the shade, it retains more nutrients that can otherwise be lost from heat and light.
3) It is packed with chlorophyll (detoxifying) and high in anti-oxidants.
4) While caffeinated, it's a slow release caffeine that avoids the crash and the jitters.
5) It's really, really, really, good.
Buuuuut, full disclosure, matcha is a little more labor intensive to make; it requires whisking of the tea into your hot liquid of choice. Many restaurants get around this by adding sugar to the tea. Cringe. In fact, most places have sugar as the primary ingredient. Tears.
Matcha deserves so much better.
If you haven't seen our IGTV's filled with matcha reviews, check them out (IG: @move.withm) to get in the know about all our favorite MOVE. Approved and not MOVE. Approved matcha spots (cue: sugar blends). As a bonus, we have videos showing you the exact ways you can make matcha for yourself at home, just like we do.
But let's be honest, sometimes we want a little matcha kick mid day and we can't whisk it up on the fly. So what's a MOVE.r to do? Get creative and find a solution.
Matcha Energy Balls.
Mel created these for the Boston Marathon and finds any excuse to snack on them now. They've quickly become a MOVE.r favorite.
3/4 cup almond flour
3-4 tbl shredded unsweetened coconut
2 tsp coconut oil
Maple syrup (eyeballed about 1tbl)
4 tsp Matcha
Splash Vanilla (so official)
Sea salt - a couple shakes
3 tbl Maca powder
2 scoops of collagen peptides
Blend all of the ingredients in a food processor until thoroughly mixed. Roll into bite size energy balls and place in the fridge. Energy balls last 10-14 days. But we have never seen them make it that long.