Today is National Dietitian’s Day in Canada and I want to recognize the passion and dedication of my collegues to help people eat and live out long healthy lives! I invite you to visit the Dietitians of Canada website to learn about what a dietitian does, their education and of course to get some great resources for your health! ♥
In light of it being St. Patrick’s day tomorrow I thought I’d work with something green…Matcha Powder! I chose matcha powder because it is a beautiful green, versatile superfood! I’m actually quite new to using matcha powder at home, and still haven’t mastered the perfect matcha latte, but this powder is such a strong source of beauty and health promoting nutrients I couldn’t resist.
Matcha is made from green tea leaves that have been grown specifically to be ground down to a fine powder. I’m sure you’ve heard about all of the health benefits of drinking green tea… protect against disease such as cancer, anti-aging, longevity…. well matcha is a more potent source of nutrients than of steeped tea. Matcha is rich in green tea’s antioxidants called polyphenols, specifically catechins, that helps protect our skin against UV rays and our bodies from disease. There is also research showing that regular consumption of green tea (matcha) may assist with weight loss. Keep in mind what you put the matcha in though, cuz if it’s in a frothy sugary creamy matcha drink then you will get added sugars and fats…so may not help so much with weight!
I’m not one to completely restrict treats. And I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t go the rest of my life without being able to eat a chocolate again! Why not make treats out of healthy beauty promoting nutrients like matcha!? And if you want your frothy sugary creamy matcha drink as your treat, that’s okay, just think of it then as a treat and not something equivalent to plain green tea 🙂
For my St. Patty’s day goodies I made dark chocolate matcha cups, which also give me the additional beautifying antioxidants from dark chocolate, YUM! These taste AMAZING and look so good too. I even made the coconut butter on my own by blending/processing unsweetened shredded coconut for 20 minutes!
Happy St. Patty’s day tomorrow and Happy National Dietitian’s Day!
Dark Chocolate Matcha Cups
(adapted from keepinitkind.com)
Makes: 8 pieces
1/2 cup coconut butter, softened
3 Tbsp powdered stevia
1 Tbsp coconut flour
1/2 Tbsp honey
1 tsp matcha powder
1 cup chopped dark chocolate
1 tsp coconut oil
for the topping:
1. In a bowl, mix together coconut butter, coconut flour, stevia, honey and matcha. Place in fridge for 10 minutes.
2. Melt the chocolate and coconut oil in a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on medium heat for 20-30 seconds, stir, repeat, stir until completely melted.
3. Prepare muffin tin lined with 8 muffin liners. Spoon 2 tsp of melted chocolate into each liner and use back of spoon to push chocolate up the sides slightly (about 1/4 of the way).
4. Remove matcha mixture from fridge, and scoop 1 tbsp of the mixture into your hands. Roll into ball and slightly flatten into small puck. Place matcha into liner of chocolate. Repeat for each liner.
5. Top each cup with remaining chocolate to spread evenly over the matcha, making sure the chocolate meets the edge. Top each cup with goji berries.
6. Pace muffin tin into the fridge until matcha cups are solid. Enjoy!