Looking for a healthy snack to help you power through the 31 Day Challenge? YYoga Instructor and Holistic Nutrition & Health Coach, Jen Casey shares a recipe for some delicious energy balls using matcha from Matcha Ninja.
If I told you there was something you could slip into your water, tea, smoothies, granola bars, bliss balls, and chia pudding that gives you energy without the jitters, boosts immunity and metabolism, and enhances concentration, would you be curious to hear more?
Meet matcha, a finely milled green tea powder with a reputation for many health benefits. I usually start my day with an espresso and then sip on green tea until about noon, mostly to give me a boost but also to reap the benefits of the antioxidants. But lately I've been trying to include some matcha in my diet each day as well, because when you drink matcha, you're actually ingesting the whole tea leaf, so you're getting more nutrients than from a steeped tea.
The great thing about the matcha available at YYoga, Matcha Ninja, is that it's ground for a longer period than regular matcha, which makes it super soluble. This means that you get creamy, clump-free matcha without needing to use a whisk like you do with regular matcha. Simply add it to your water bottle and give it a shake. Or, add it to your favourite recipes for an extra nutritional boost, like these tasty maple walnut balls.
Maple Walnut Matcha Balls
Makes approximately 12 balls.
1) In a food processor, finely chop:
- 1 cup organic rolled oats
- 1 cup walnuts
2) Add and pulse until blended:
- 2 tbsp tahini or almond butter
- 1 tbsp melted coconut oil
- 1 tbsp ground flax seeds
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 2 tsp Matcha Ninja powder
3) Scoop into a large bowl and roll into bite-sized balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes for the balls to firm up, then enjoy!
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For more healthy snacks to keep you fueled during this month’s challenge, check out Jen Casey's site, Next Bite Nutrition Coaching.