New Year, New Ingredient #1: Matcha

This year one of my new year’s resolutions was to try one new ingredient per month. January’s ingredient was matcha. Matcha is a highly concentrated, powder version of green tea. Therefore, it is 10 times higher in antioxidants than loose leaf green tea and 20 times higher in antioxidants than blueberries! Along with its nutritional value, matcha powder has been show to increase energy, strengthen the immune system, and speed up one’s metabolism.

You can use matcha in a variety of ways. Its earthy flavor adds dimension to soups, stir fries, and other savory dishes. You can also simply drink it mixed with water, lemon, and honey, just as you would traditional brewed tea. One of my favorite things I experimented with this month was tossing a spoonful into my morning smoothie. I call this one the “Flu Fighter” because it is high in Vitamin C (pineapple/greens), Zinc/Magnesium (cashews, coconut water), immune strengthening amino acids and antioxidants (oats, chia seeds, matcha) and natural antivirals (turmeric, ginger, matcha)

Flu Fighter Smoothie

1 cup coconut water
1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
Handful of spinach or kale
1/4 cup oats or cashews
1 tbsp chia seeds
1/2-1 tsp (each): turmeric, ginger, and matcha

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