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Matcha Spirulina Overnight Oats

March 4, 2016

The other day I told my husband "I have the best idea for St. Patrick's Day: oatmeal with matcha to make it green!"  Then before he could respond "And spirulina to make it super green!" to which he just gave me a bewildered look.  Yes, I am that person that starts thinking of St. Patrick's Day near the end of February.  Being part Irish (and certainly looking Irish with my red hair) I feel a responsibility to celebrate the day of my second favorite holiday (after Christmas).  I also force whomever is around me on the day to partake in my festivities.  For the past three years, my husband has been forced to eat an entirely green dinner; last year's highlight was spirulina-infused vegan mashed potatoes. The St. Patrick's Day he was deployed in Afghanistan may have been a relief to him, actually.

 

 

 

 

Anyway, even if you are not a matcha or spirulina fan, I bet these oats win you over!  They are subtly infused with the nutrient dense Japanese green tea powder and the ultra nutritious spirulina.  

 

I do recommend using 1/4 teaspoon of spirulina if it is your first foray into the unique flavor of spirulina, but I prefer a 1/2 teaspoon of more in mine, with extra on top!  Why add these nutritous and green powders to your lovely bowl of overnight oatmeal?  Well, I'm glad you asked: matcha will add extra antioxidants, fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins, as well as can lower cholesterol and blood sugar, boost metabolism, help with concentration and is also known to be a mood-enhancer.  Who doesn't want all that? (Plus think of all the ultra-healthy Okinawans who often live to be near or over one hundred years old.  They drink matcha tea.  Coincidence?  Methinks not).  

 

And then: spirulina. Ah, I love you so, even with your weird potent flavor.  Spirulina is great for cell regeneration, is PACKED with nutrients and protein and essential amino acids, has anti-fungal and anti-aging properties and much more.  When the twins are asleep next, I'll try to link to some studies for you geeks like me that like to verify healthy food claims ;)  

 

 

Matcha Spirulina Overnight Oats

serves 2

 

Ingredients:

 

1 cup gluten-free oats (regular or quick oats)

1 cup unsweetened coconut milk

1/4 cup filtered water

1-1/2 tablespoons chia seeds

2 teaspoons organic matcha powder

2 teaspoons pure maple syrup

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoons organic spirulina

1/2 teaspoon vanilla

optional: 1 scoop vegan vanilla protein powder

 

 

Directions:

 

1.  Stir ingredients together, put in a sealed container, and chill overnight.

2.  Serve with optional additional spirulina and/or matcha sprinkled on top and enjoy!  I prefer it cold, but it can be heated also.

 

 

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