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
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
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.