At first I didn’t know what to say about this Honey Matcha Rice Pudding recipe. If you like matcha, you’ll love this, that much is for sure! But then I realized I haven’t used matcha here on the blog before, and so I haven’t gotten to share how amazing it is!
Matcha is a green tea powder with high concentrations of phytochemicals that are known to help boost mood and have cognitive benefits. Matcha contains caffeine and L-theanine, which together have beneficial effects on attention, memory, and suppression of distraction, as well a reducing anxiety. Plus, the L-theanine in matcha has been found to promote relaxation by reducing caffeine’s stimulant effects. Theanine is also a powerful antioxidant.
Because of the caffeine content, I would avoid having this rice pudding as a dessert too late at night. But as a breakfast or brunch sweet, or an afternoon pick-me-up, it would be the perfect mood booster! Top it with fresh fruit (or dried fruit, like the dried goji berries pictured below) for extra antioxidants and added nutrients.
Original publication date: April 1, 2021
Whether a breakfast or brunch sweet or an afternoon pick-me-up, Honey Matcha Rice Pudding is the perfect mood booster!
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