It's just about bikini season, which means it's time to pull out the yoga mat, renew that gym membership, and clean out that candy drawer at work (we all have one of those right?). If you're looking for a healthy, smarter way to fuel up for a workout AND satisfy your sweet tooth, then look no further. Our Matcha Chia Seed Energy Bites - sometimes also referred to as "bliss balls" - are power-packed with a blend of dates, chia seeds, coconut oil, and of course, matcha green tea powder.
Not only are they vegan, gluten-free and refined sugar-free, these Matcha Chia Seed Energy Bites are perfect on-the-go snacks in between meetings or before a fitness class. All of the ingredients are very beneficial for a pre-workout supplement —consuming matcha 30 minutes before a workout has shown to help burn 25% more fat! Below is the recipe, and read on after it for an ingredient-breakdown of the health benefits.
What you'll need:
- 6-8 pitted dates
- 1/4 cup chia seeds
- 1 tbsp coconut oil
- 1-2 tbsp matcha green tea powder
- Coconut flakes or crushed raw almonds to roll the balls in
- Blend dates in a high-powered blender until they form a paste.
- Move dates paste into bowl (to use with an electric handheld mixer) or a stand mixer, and add in the chia seeds, coconut oil and matcha green tea powder.
- Mix until blended together.
- Refrigerate for 30 minutes to an hour so the blend is easier to work with.
- Roll into 1-inch round spheres, then coat in coconut flakes, crushed raw almonds or more matcha powder. Wearing food prep gloves helps with the stickiness.
- Store in an airtight container, and they will be good for a few weeks!
Here's why it's good for you:
Matcha's many catechins (esp. the EGCG) help the immune system reduce inflammation in muscles from oxidative stress during exercise, which helps repair the muscle in the long run. Catechins also lower levels of lactate in the blood and muscle by stopping the use of glucose for energy. This helps improve endurance for fitness training. Moreover, the L-theanine enhances focus and mental stamina to help you get you through that tough training session.
Dates are not only sweet and delicious, but also highly nutritional as a source of energy and fiber, and rich in essential minerals, including calcium, iron, phosphorus, sodium, potassium, magnesium and zinc. Because dates are also high in natural sugars (glucose, fructose and sucrose), they're a known energy booster too!
Chia seeds are small, but mighty! As one of the healthiest foods in the world, they are loaded with antioxidants, fiber, protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, calcium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and B vitamins.
Coconut oil is easy to digest, but also produces a longer sustained energy and increases your metabolism. When taking a quality non-processed coconut oil, you can get the most benefit as it’s medium-chain fatty acids are sent directly to the liver to be converted into energy.