Matcha is chock full of powerhouse antioxidants (EGCg), vitamins (vitamin C), minerals (selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium), fiber, chlorophyll, and more. It’s thought to detoxify the blood and colon, calm the mind, enhance mood, regulate cholesterol and blood sugar, and it may even help prevent diseases like cancer and diabetes. Matcha also provides a boost of healthy caffeine that’s different than the kind in coffee. It has a longer release, so you won’t get that “coffee crash” in the middle of the day.
Despite its nutritional and general health benefits, Matcha isn’t always easy to integrate into your daily routine. You may not want to drink matcha tea every day, and you may not even be a huge fan of the flavor of matcha on its own.
Have no fear, we have a few tips to make matcha more accessible and delicious! We’re going to give you the 4 best food pairings with matcha—that are also insanely good for you and your health! These superfoods will add a boost of tasty nutrition while enhancing the effects of matcha itself. We’ve also included some of our favorite simple, easy, and affordable recipes that your taste buds can enjoy!
Citrus fruits, such as oranges and lemons, are filled with vitamin C, which helps support a strong immune system. Citrus also has soluble fiber, which may be linked to lower cholesterol and glucose levels. This fiber keeps you feeling full and satisfied, which is especially useful for a weight loss or maintenance plan. Citrus also contains potassium and flavonoids that may promote heart health. They’re low on the glycemic index, so they won’t cause that blood sugar spike that other foods and fruits might.
Here’s where it gets really interesting, though. Citrus actually improves the absorption of matcha nutrients! Researchers at Purdue University found that only about 20% of the antioxidants in green tea actually make it into your system because the acidity of your stomach essentially eats away at the majority of these antioxidants and nutrients. Researchers found that just adding a little bit of citrus vitamin C was able to boost this antioxidant absorption rate to 80%!
Plus, citrus has a bright and tangy flavor that complements the grassy, earthy flavor of matcha. If matcha generally feels too “heavy” for your taste buds, citrus is a great way to lighten it up.
- 16 oz boiling water
- 4 tsp matcha powder
- Juice of one lemon
- Zest of one lemon
- 1-2 tsp raw honey (to taste)
- 1-3 fresh mint leaves (to taste)
- 2 cups of ice
Bring 16 ounces of water to a boil. Place the matcha powder in a jug and add the boiling water. Use a whisk to mix the powder and water. Then add the remaining ingredients, stirring to combine. Place in the fridge to cool and/or pour over ice.
Make it easier: Squeeze a little bit of lemon into your daily matcha for a boost of citrusy goodness!
Other citrus options to try out: oranges, tangerines, limes, and grapefruit.
Check out this awesome matcha key lime pie recipe by The Healthy Chef!
Blueberries are one of our favorite superfoods. These delicious little bites are packed with nutrients like fiber, vitamin C, vitamin K, and manganese. They’re believed to have one of the highest antioxidant levels of all fruits and vegetables, making them a powerhouse in fighting against free radical damage in DNA, cholesterol, cells, and more. Researchers have found that blueberries may even improve cardiovascular health by cleaning and clearing your blood.
The sweetness of blueberries counteracts the depth of matcha, creating a smooth and delectable pairing of flavors! We love putting these together in a smoothie for a summertime sip that will give you healthy energy to play in the sun all day long!
Blueberry Pomegranate Matcha Slushie
- 2 tsps matcha green tea powder (or bags)
- 1/2 cup of hot water
- 1-2 tbs raw honey (to taste)
- 1 cup (140g) frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup (120 mL) 100% pomegranate juice (no sugar added)
- 1-2 cups ice cubes
Whisk 2 tablespoons of matcha powder into 1/2 cup of hot water to make tea. Add honey and stir until smooth. Set aside to cool.
In a high-powered blender, puree the frozen blueberries, pomegranate juice, matcha tea, and ice cubes until smooth. Serve immediately.
Another option? Pour the mixture into a popsicle mold, throw in the freezer, and enjoy a deliciously healthy summer treat!
We especially love this recipe because it also has pomegranates, which is another incredibly healthy superfood filled with antioxidants, fiber, and vitamins A, C, and E.
- Dark chocolate
Did someone say chocolate? Yup, dark chocolate is actually a superfood that has a major positive impact on your health. Dark chocolate (70-85% cocoa) has fiber, iron, magnesium, copper, manganese, potassium, phosphorous, zinc, and selenium. It also has a healthy fatty acid profile, filled with healthy monounsaturated and saturated fats. Filled with a huge amount of phenolic antioxidants, it may also help lower blood pressure, reduce cholesterol, and guard your genes from damage.
(Of course, most dark chocolate contains sugar as well. So you want to be aware of your intake so you don’t cancel out the health benefits with too much sugar!)
Chocolate Matcha Energy Balls
- 1/2 cup soft, sticky, pitted dates
- 1/2 cup raw almonds
- 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
- 1 tablespoon matcha powder
- 1 tablespoon unsweetened almond milk
In a food processor, blend the dates and almonds into a sticky ball. Break it up and add cocoa powder, matcha powder, and milk. Process until all ingredients are combined in a large, sticky ball again. Break apart and roll into approximately 10 small balls. Dust with matcha powder on top. Store in the fridge for up to 2 weeks (lasts longer in the freezer).
This is a great grab-and-go snack if you want a delicious boost of nutrients and energy on your way out the door!
- Coconut milk
Coconut milk is an often overlooked superfood because of its higher calorie count, but it’s filled with unbelievable nutrients that your body craves. Coconut milk especially has MCTs (medium-chain triglycerides), which have been linked to weight loss and obesity prevention. MCT oil is also known for its brain-boosting effects, like improving focus and concentration.
If weight loss and metabolism maintenance are some of your goals with regards to matcha consumption, coconut milk is an excellent addition to reach your target.
Matcha Coconut Milk Latte
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1/2 cup hot water
- 1/2 cup warmed coconut milk
- Honey (or another sweetener to taste)
Warm coconut milk in the microwave, about 30 seconds. Spoon matcha into a mug. Add hot water and coconut milk. Whisk briskly, up and down, about 30 seconds until it froths up. Add more matcha, milk, or sweetener to taste.
Tip: Try to avoid matcha lattes at major coffee chains. These tend to be low in matcha content and high in sugar, which will likely have the opposite effect for a weight loss strategy.
Matcha is delicious and nutritious, especially when combined with other tasty superfoods! Together, these goodies are a two-time whammy of nourishment, energy, protection, and wellness.
Which matcha superfood recipe is your favorite? Leave a comment below with your favorites and other matcha recipes you use to stay healthy!