Even birds on trees have heard that green tea is good for your health. It is loaded with those delightful antioxidants that prevent aging and chronic diseases. But no, I won’t tell you to drink it. I have a better idea. You should eat it! And not just any sort, but the “Rolls Royce” of green teas. It is called Matcha*. It is finely milled or fine powder Japanese green tea. Here it is in excellent citrusy company.
Green Zesty Balls
½ cup nuts (cashews or almonds), ground in a coffee grinder
½ cup coconut flakes (ground into fine flour in a blender)
1 tsp Matcha green tea powder
1 TBSP freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
½ tsp orange or lime zest
1 -2 TBSP raw honey
1 TBSP raw coconut butter, melted
Garnish: coconut shreds, ground pistachios, Matcha powder, Goji berries
1) Add all ingredients to a bowl and mix well until they are all combined and you have a sticky, green dough.
2) Roll into balls, add toppings and refrigerate.
3) Enjoy for Iftar or Sehoor and if you want a double dose of antioxidants, have a cup of Matcha tea as well!
*Matcha also contains a unique, potent class of antioxidant known as catechins, which are not found in other foods. In particular, the catechin EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) provides potent cancer-fighting properties. In 2003, researchers from the University of Colorado found that the concentration of the antioxidant EGCG available from drinking matcha is up to 137 times greater than the amount of EGCG available from other commercially available green teas. This means that one glass of Matcha is the equivalent of 10 glasses of any other green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. Since over 60% of the catechins in Matcha are actually EGCG, a daily matcha regimen can help restore and preserve the body’s integral well-being and balance.
Other health benefits of Matcha:
Boosts metabolism and burns calories
Detoxifies effectively and naturally
Calms and relaxes
Enhances mood and aids in concentration
Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
Fights against viruses and bacteria
Is rich in fiber
Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
Does not raise insulin levels