By Sue Bedford (MSc Nutritional Therapy)
Matcha is a fine green powder made from green tea leaves- it adds a lovely colour and taste to these Berry and Matcha Bites. It also contains a special type of plant flavonol called Catechins, which 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). Matcha also contains a good amount of the amino acid L-Theanine which has a calming effect on the body, helping to reduce stress and anxiety and aids sleep.
Berries are a fantastic source of antioxidants as-well as vitamins, minerals and fibre to help ‘zap’ those free radicals that can lead to oxidative stress in cells and thus helping prevent damage to the DNA, including the egg and sperm cells. They also help with cognitive function, keeping the brain healthy and helping lower inflammation in the body.
Ingredients (makes around 20 bites)
1 tbsp of Matcha Powder
50g Peanut butter or cashew butter (nut butter of your choice)
30g Desiccated coconut (optional)
5g Chia seeds or small seeds of your choice
How to make:
Place all ingredients except for the coconut into a bowl and blend using a blender until sticky.
Make small balls from the dough and then roll them in the coconut (if you are using coconut).
Place into the fridge overnight and enjoy.
Store in an airtight container for up to 3 days.