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4 Matcha Recipes That'll Make You Love Matcha More - Get Healthy With Valentina!

4 Matcha Recipes That'll Make You Love Matcha More - Get Healthy With Valentina!


Matcha is my new love interest. I'm sure you've heard the benefits of drinking regular-brewed green tea, but matcha takes it to a whole new level. Matcha has become so popular that recipe creators found other creative ways to use this potent tea outside of the realm of beverages. I've seen matcha pop up as an ingredient in many recipes and I've always been very curious to try it. Being the green tea enthusiast that I am, I got hooked on matcha. #ShowMeTheMay and learn about some of the health benefits of matcha tea:

  • High in Antioxidants
  • Eases anxiety
  • Boosts Memory and Concentration
  • Increases Energy Levels and Endurance
  • Burns Calories
  • Detoxifies the Body

Matcha recipe round up from the PumpUp Blog

Coconut-Lime Matcha Cooler

Coconut lime matcha cooler from the PumpUp Blog


  • 8ounces coconut water
  • 1tsp. matcha
  • ice
  • lime


Shake coconut water and matcha together in a martini shaker (or a bottle), pour over ice and add a squirt of lime. Add some lime slices. Enjoy!

Matcha Muffins

Matcha muffin recipe from the PumpUp Blog


  • 2.5 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup plain low fat greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 TBSP ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ripe bananas


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray tin with non-stick cooking spray or line 12 muffin tins with silicone or foil liners. Place the oats in the food processor and pulse for about 10 seconds.  Add remaining ingredients to the food processor.  Process until everything is mixed together and oats are smooth. Divide batter among cupcake liners, and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Dairy-Free Matcha Latte

Dairy free matcha latte recipe from the PumpUp Blog


  • 1 teaspoon green tea powder
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup simmering milk (I used almond milk)
  • 2 teaspoons Agave syrup or sweetener of your choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla powder 


First mix the vanilla powder and the agave nectar. In a cup, add green tea powder. And add hot water, 2 tablespoons. Whisk carefully until green tea powder is completely dissolved. If you pour the water all at once, there will be green tea powder lumps, which is the least wanted here. Then add the agave and vanilla mix and stir until combined.

Now froth the simmering milk. If you don’t have a frother, you can pour it into a jar: fill your jar with more no more than halfway full so there’s room to make some foam. Shake the jar with the lid on. Take the lid off the jar. And heat the milk. Add milk foam into green tea. Dust with cinnamon and serve. Enjoy! 

Matcha Yogurt

Matcha yogurt recipe from the PumpUp Blog


  • 1tsp. matcha
  • 1c. Greek yogurt
  • Agave syrup
  • Mixed Berries


Add matcha to Greek yogurt and mix. Add berries to a cup. Then add the yogurt. Top with more berries and a drizzle of agave. And Enjoy!

With Love,


These matcha recipes are part of a series of monthly posts by Valentina M. Follow her on Instagram @thehealthymexican9 and on PumpUp @thehealthymexican.

A detox smoothie to warm your heart + other recipes


This is a post by PumpUp member Sara A. (@bunnies), PumpUp blog contributor. Follow her Tumblr @gurdiel

  • 1 glass of green tea (left to cool down)
  • 1 green apple
  • 1 tbsp. honey
  • 1 banana
  • 1 small cup of oatmeal
  • Berries (optional, for sourness and extra sweetness)
  • Mint (optional, for green-ish flavor and freshness)

Including green tea into a smoothie is something that I rarely see, but I think that it’s a great idea for those who do not like the flavor of tea but still want to drink it as it has lots of antioxidants and it boosts your metabolism. (Green apples also help you feel less sleepy!) 

On overall, this smoothie is perfect as a quick morning snack that will provide you with lots of antioxidants, vitamins and a boost of energy. (If you remove the honey from the recipe, it’s vegan friendly!)

The second recipe I’ll be showing is a traditional meal that my mother’s grandmother used to cook for her family, who lived in the mountains of Spain. It’s very spicy and filling, but it is completely healthy and fat-free.


For a single serving we’ll need: 

  • 1/2 cup of arborio rice
  • 1 spring onion
  • 1 red pepper
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil
  • Parsley
  • 1 salted small codfish fillet
  • Hot paprika
  • 2 glasses of water

Chop the red pepper, the garlic and the spring onion into tiny pieces and stir-fry them in a paella pan with olive oil. Once they’re cooked, add the rice, increase the heat to high and add the two glasses of water along with the hot paprika. Cover the paella pan with the lid and wait until the rice has absorbed most of the water. Add the codfish and the parsley leaves. After five minutes, turn off the heat and let it settle for a little longer.  And now you’re done!

This is perfect for the winter! It might look difficult but it is actually quite simple. The hot paprika adds a spicy touch to this meal (great for when it’s cold outside). Fun fact: this recipe was made to feed those who lived in cold mountain tops!