The difference between the average store-bought brew and matcha powder is astounding. The concentration of EGCG, the compound in green tea that burns fat and actually stops it from forming, is 137 times greater in matcha than your tea bag!
It gets better: this earthy powder comes in two different grades, multiplying its uses. To make it easy — and delicious — for you to load up on one of the best teas for weight loss, we found healthy recipes from bloggers that let you sip and snack your way slim:
Matcha Mint Iced Tea
Nutrition: 35 calories, 0.2 g fat, 5.4 g carbs, 7.5 g fiber, 0.6 g sugar, 6 g protein (calculated without sweetener)
Between the detoxifying antioxidant in the limes and the fat-melting properties of the matcha powder, this drink couldn’t be more perfectly suited for the season of short shorts and bikinis — but you’ll just notice how delicious, refreshing and easy to make this recipe is. Hint: If you’re a mint fan, clap your hands once while holding the mint leaves to “smack” it; that releases the beautiful, herbaceous aroma.
Get the recipe from Love and Lemons.
Healthy Matcha Green Tea Fudge Protein Bars
Nutrition: 130 calories, 5 g fat, 0.5 g sat fat, 9 g carbs, 4 g fiber, 1 g sugar, 15 g protein
Skip the belly-bloating bars you can get at the store and whip up a batch of these superfood-spiked beauties. They not only get natural color and flavor from matcha, but also use vegan plant-based protein that won’t cause uncomfortable bloating like whey. Drizzle them lightly with dark chocolate to really set off the cookie dough-inspired texture. You won’t find a more delicious way to refuel mid-afternoon.
Get the recipe from Desserts with Benefits.
Green Tea and Zucchini Noodles
Nutrition: 350 calories, 14.5 g fat, 1.9 g sat fat, 47.1 g carbs, 4.2 g fiber, 5.9 g sugar, 10.8 g protein (calculated with 1 Tbsp honey)
Dipping your toe into the wide world of match is easy with this recipe. Instead of buying matcha powder, you just need to find hearty buckwheat noodles that have been spiked with the green powder. The earthy flavor matcha lends to the noodles is right at home with zucchini spirals and ginger sauce. Try it out for a Meatless Monday dinner; even without meat, this noodle bowl backs 10 grams of plant-powered, muscle-building protein.
Get the recipe from Katie at the Kitchen Door.
Matcha Green Tea & Pineapple Smoothie
Nutrition: 255 calories, 2.3 g fat, 56.6 g carbs, 11.9 g fiber, 30.7 g sugar, 9.7 g protein (calculated with unsweetened almond milk and kale)
You won’t find any added sweeteners in this sunny smoothie, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how easily pineapple and banana mask the taste of nutrient-packed greens — despite this drink’s verdant color. If you’re nervous about adding anything bitter, simply choose spinach as your veggie. This green is not only milder in taste than its cousin kale, but also more nutrient-dense.
Get the recipe from Feasting at Home.
Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls
Makes: 10 bites
Nutrition: 61 calories, 2.7 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 9.8 g carbs, 2.2 g fiber, 6.6 g sugar, 1.6 g protein
Coming together in a matter of minutes and calling for only a couple ingredients, energy balls are the perfect make-ahead snack for your hectic workweek. To get the most out of your healthy snack, try to find non-alkalized cocoa powder; though this process lessens the bitter flavor of the cocoa, it also strips out vital nutrients and antioxidants. Enjoy two of these for a sweet treat that still clocks in right around a modest 13 grams of sugar.
Get the recipe from The Healthy Maven
Healthy Matcha Ice Cream
Serves: 12 (½ cup servings)
Nutrition: 90 calories, 4.5 g fat, 3 g sat fat, 5 g carbs, 0 g fiber, 4 g sugar, 9 g protein
If you’re bored with plain vanilla and chocolate, look no further than this green tea-spiked scoop. You won’t find any ice creams on the market with this low of a sugar count without additives and fillers. If you’re feeling fancier, we suggest brewing a cup of hot matcha and pouring it over a scoop of this ice cream for an affogato-inspired dessert.
Get the recipe from Desserts with Benefits.
Matcha Green Tea Chia Pudding
Nutrition: 214 calories, 11.7 g fat, 0.9 g sat fat, 29.1 g carbs, 16.8 g fiber, 10.2 g sugar, 9.3 g protein (calculated without optional added sweeteners)
If you haven’t seen chia pudding before, meet your new workweek breakfast go-to. Like overnight oats, this make-ahead breakfast can be popped in the fridge the night before and simply scooped up as you run out the door for work. This genius recipe in particular gets you not only the health benefits of matcha, but also the heart-healthy omega-3s from chia seeds. Sprinkle your bowl generously with berries for antioxidants and natural sweetness.
Get the recipe from Choosing Raw.
Chocolate, Matcha & Hemp Protein Bars
Nutrition: 206 calories, 12.9 g fat, 3.5 g sat fat, 15 g carbs, 5 g fiber, 4.9 g sugar, 10.9 g protein
Although the dietitian behind this mouthwatering blog cautions against relying on bars for your snack every day, this recipe is perfect for powering up on the run. Its protein-to-sugar ratio sets it lightyears ahead of its packaged competition, and the hemp seeds used are a complete protein, meaning they have all 9 essential amino acids — a huge bonus for vegetarian and vegan snackers. They’re also high in magnesium, an underappreciated nutrient that helps boost the process by which fat is released from your frame.
Get the recipe from The Foodie Dietitian.
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