By Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
We love a good sorbet, especially when we know that with every yummy spoonful, we are filling our body with fertility friendly goodness. This particular sorbet that Sue has shared with us today contains Matcha, and certainly ticks all the boxes.
Before Sue tells us how to make it, we wanted her to explain why Match is so good for us:
“Green tea is also known for being high in antioxidants, but matcha tea has even more. Recent research has shown that one cup of matcha has 100 times the antioxidants compared to green tea (and green has about double the levels found in black tea). Matcha also contains various compounds that are associated with improving health (it has been linked to helping to lower blood pressure and heart disease) reducing stress, weight loss and increasing alertness. The reason for this is that in other types of green tea, the leaves are steeped in hot water and then discarded. Matcha is made by whisking the powder into hot water or milk. As a consequence, when you drink the Matcha you are consuming a higher level of antioxidants as the leaves are not discarded.”
Matcha – adds a lovely colour and taste to this sorbet and also contains special types of plant flavonols called Catechins, of which the most abundant is Epigallocatechin Gallate (EGCG). Catechins contain antioxidants – recent research has shown that one cup of matcha has 100 times the antioxidants compared to green tea (and green has about double the levels found in black tea). The powerful Catechins provided by Matcha reduces the production of free radicals and, as a result, helps to protect the DNA of our cells, including that of the egg and sperm cells (anti-ageing).
Pineapple -is a good source of vitamin c, manganese and iodine too. Pineapples contain the anti-inflammatory enzyme Bromelain important for conditions such as Endometriosis. Bromelain has an anticoagulant effect – so great for blood flow too. In studies the high manganese content found in pineapple has been linked to improving sperm motility.
Lime – are an excellent source of vitamin C and a good source of folate. Great for supporting the immune system, important in helping prevent neural tube defects in the developing foetus, protecting cells including the egg and sperm cells from free radical damage, aiding in the absorption of iron and much more.
Mint – a good source of iron, folate and beta carotene- adding to the balance and taste of this lovely sorbet
Ingredients (makes 4 small glasses)16oz Frozen pineapple (allow to thaw slightly)
2 tbsp Stevia
2 ½ tsp Matcha Powder
Juice and zest of 1 lime
Mint leaves to decorate
Blend the pineapple in a food processor and then add the zest and juice of the lime along with the stevia. Tip in the matcha powder and stir well using a spoon. Place into an ice cream tub and put into the freezer for an hour. Spoon into 4 decorative glasses, place a few mint leaves on top and enjoy!