This post has been sponsored by Organic Evolution Matcha, but all thoughts, opinions, and recipes are my own.
I’m obsessed with food as self-care. Feeding my heart and soul through my eyes first has been a really important way of reclaiming a ‘chore’ I have to do daily – cooking for everyone! I’ve been spending extra time making food that is not just hearty and nutrient dense, but is beautiful, appealing, and feels decadent. When I sit down and enjoy a meal that is gorgeous, it is a deep form of self-care.
As a newfound Matcha lover, I’ve been experimenting with other ways to use this power house powder. I love it as a hot drink, but wanted to try something new. Pairing my caffeine with a fat makes it feel even better in my body, and helps me metabolize it more easily. So I decided to whip up these chia puddings as an easy way to get an energy boost in the morning. The Matcha flavor is subtle, but still evident, and it pairs perfectly with the creamy almond milk, strawberries, and beet flavors.
Fair warning, I did have to snag these eats away from my husband and kiddos to be able to even get a photo. They were all convinced they wouldn’t like them, but then they became obsessed! The beautiful colors just added to the allure, and, suffice it to say, I’ll be doubling (tripling?) the batch next time around. The strawberry beet addition made this pudding not just gorgeous but a little extra sweet, without any added sugars, and was perfect. I adore it in smoothies, not just because it’s beautiful, but I really like that texture (I’m a big fan of those chia kombuchas too!) so this hit the spot.
Matcha Beet Chia Pudding!
1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
3/4 Cup Almond (or any other variety) Milk
1/4 Cup Beet/Strawberry Juice (optional, you can omit and just add 1/4 cup milk)
1 Tsp. Matcha Beet Powder
Mix all ingredients with a whisk. Well. (chia seeds will want to settle into the edges, make sure to swirl and mix till they’re all beginning to float). Refrigerate for several hours, or overnight. Enjoy topped with fruit, nuts, honey, granola or as a base in a smoothie parfait (the green smoothie topping here is from this recipe!)
This pink version is my girls’ favorite, it’s fruity and light and the strawberry/beet juice adds just a little extra sweetness. To get a deeper pink, more of an energy boost and more Matcha flavor, add an extra teaspoon of powder. I prefer mine on the less intense side of things, so I stick to the amount I listed in the recipe.
I used to think I didn’t like Matcha, but it turned out I was just WAY overdoing it (think: full tablespoon). Now, I really enjoy the flavor and benefits, without it tasting grassy or bitter, by simply mixing in the correct, smaller amount.
Matcha Chia Pudding!
1/4 Cup Chia Seeds
1 Cup Almond (or any other variety) Milk
1 Tsp. Matcha Powder
Mix all ingredients with a whisk. Well. (chia seeds will want to settle into the edges, make sure to swirl and mix till they’re all beginning to float). Refrigerate for several hours, or overnight. Enjoy topped with fruit, nuts, honey, granola (recipe here, or here to make it whole30 friendly!) or as a base in a smoothie parfait.
Organic Evolution is offering a bonus 10% off in honor of Earth Day on Amazon through the end of April (this week! Get on it!) just enter the code; ORGEARTH at check out. I’m a huge fan of their products, and am especially obsessed with the beet Matcha. I whipped up this gorgeous drink a while back and it was the perfect afternoon pick-me-up that didn’t ruin my night’s sleep.
The bags of powders are resealable and (when you don’t way over-do the measurements…seriously, learn from my mistake!) they last quite a long time!
You can also find them Online, on Instagram, and Facebook. Their IG is especially awesome because they share discounts codes, and recipes frequently (I really want to try an iced Matcha drink. . .and have some ideas up my sleeve of summertime drinks!). And, super bonus? I’ll be running a giveaway on my IG with them! Go check it out, and enter to win two bags of your choice!