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What is Matcha? (and new spring recipe!)

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What is Matcha? (and new spring recipe!)

What is Matcha? (and new spring recipe!)

One of the latest superfood crazes I’ve come across over the last year is matcha tea. Like the cosmopolitan martini of the 2,000s, matcha tea is trendy in all of the health food cafes.

But what exactly is matcha?

Matcha, essentially, is a powdered green tea. Because it is powdered and condensed, it is a strong variation of green tea. As a fine powder, you are actually drinking the leaves as opposed to steeping the tea in hot water. This makes it especially versatile to use in lattes, smoothies, and even in baking.

What Makes It Different?

According to, “Matcha preperation includes covering green tea with shade cloths before they’re harvested which triggers the growth of leaves with better flavor and texture.” The leaves are dried and ground to a fine powder.


What Are the Health Benefits?

Many! Since it is a stronger form of green tea, it still contains all of the benefits of green tea multiplied.

  • Rich in anti-oxidants
  • High in chlorophyll, a natural body detoxifier
  • Full of nutrients including L-Theanine, an amino acid

Enjoy these delicious, on-the-go protein bites which incorporates matcha powder right in the recipe! Where do you find matcha? I’ve included a link in the recipe below.


Cacao Matcha Protein Bites Recipe


  • 3/4 cup dates, soaked
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons raw caao
  • 2 tablespoons shredded coconut
  • 1/2 cup raw sunflower seeds
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder, plus extra for dusting


Add all ingredients except for the shredded coconut into a food processor or high speed blender. Pulse until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Add in shredded coconut and process for another 30 seconds. Use large spoon to scoop the mixture and round into balls. Refrigerate for 30 minutes before serving. Plate and dust with matcha powder.


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Janelle is a Certified Health Coach helping women get nourished from the inside out with food and wellness tips that work. Janelle is based north of Boston but helps clients nationwide via phone, skype, and online programs. Janelle helps busy women restore health naturally for increased mental clarity, improved sleep, better digestion, management of autoimmune issues and natural weight loss. Janelle graduated from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City and teaches Nutrition courses at the New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts. Her education and experience has equipped her with extensive knowledge in holistic nutrition, health coaching, and preventive health. Her signature Nourish 21 online program is a crash course in nutrition that helps folks navigate through all of the contradictory nutritional information available while teaching the overlapping truths. To learn more about her work and her available programs please visit




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