Matcha-Beet Waffles with Beet Syrup
Having these for breakfast feels like a total indulgence…feels..tastes…but it’s not. They are so light and fluffy, soft, and have a little caffeine kick from the matcha as well as the added benefits of beet. Plus, they are just simply beautiful. Who doesn’t like waffles? And the beet syrup? Forget it, this stuff is a sweet potion that will make you forget maple syrup. It’s that good. These are great for a weekend breakfast-in-bed treat. Using the the waffle iron is so fun and easy that I’m going to get creative with some waffle recipes, sweet and savory.
Matcha comes from a sophisticated process of steaming green tea leaves then grinding them into a powder. Ancient Chinese and Japanese Buddhists started preparing this tea for meditation ceremonies, and now it’s recently become popular among modern culture. You’d need 20 cups of leaf green tea to equal the potency of one cup matcha. Matcha strengthens the immune system, helps burn fat, improves metabolism, lowers bad cholesterol, regulates blood sugar, provides energy and endurance, boosts brain function and memory, helps detoxify the body, and brings about a sense of calm and tranquility while remaining alert. It’s also loaded with chlorophyll (great for the liver), vitamins, amino acids, and minerals.
Beets are worth talking about, and worth adding in to your diet. They help to lower blood pressure, support detoxification, are great for purifying the blood and liver, boost stamina, and are anti-inflammatory/anti-cancerous. Eating them raw, through grating or juicing, is a potent way to get their nutrients and enzymes intact, but they are also good steamed or roasted. I like to blend them with my fruit smoothies as they are sweet, and have one of the highest sugar content of all the vegetables (formerly used a a sugar source apart from sugar cane). Beets contain betaine, a nutrient that protects the cells from environmental stress and free radicals. They are a rich source of phytonutrients (cancer protectant), Vitamin C, potassium, manganese, fiber, and Folate, making them beneficial for nerve and muscle function, bone, liver, kidney, and pancreas health, and prevent birth defects. Make sure to consume the beet greens too.
You can buy Matcha online here. This is the brand I use and like. There are many different qualities of matcha out there, the ceremonial blends will be smoother and less bitter than the culinary blends, but also more expensive. You may have to try a few until you find one you really like.
Enjoy these with my vegan butter recipe.
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