While in Japan a few months ago, I had the pleasure of witnessing how important food is in the Japanese culture- everything from presentation to packaging to taste. Foods are prepared with the utmost care and with quality ingredients. While in Kyoto, I came across an explosion of green tea food products. Green tea ice cream, cakes, kit kats, noodles (yes noodles!) just to name a few.
The most memorable and best tasting green tea ice cream was in Kyoto. I ate more than I'd like to admit, but there was something special about it. The green tea ice cream in Kyoto tasted refreshing, clean, pure and not too sweet. Unlike green tea ice creams back at home, which to me, are overly sweet and often leaves a gross film on my tongue.
Even if I was able to find similar green tea ice cream here at home (I'm sort of glad I can't), there's no way that I could eat it as often as I would like. Phew! Thank god.
I was so inspired by the green tea products in Japan, that I wanted to make a healthier version for these hot summer months. Something that is guilt-free and tasty. I've concocted a 3 ingredient treat that is sure to delight any green tea or frozen yogurt lover.
The key is using a great matcha green tea powder. There are tons on the market, but I personally went for the organic non-GMO match green tea powder from Vitacost. Matcha has many amazing health benefits. It's mood enhancing, detoxifies, boosts metabolism, rich in fiber, vitamins and chlorophyll, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar.
The other two ingredients I use is raw honey and plain greek yogurt. Raw honey has anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, helps with digestive issues and phytonutrients, which are anti-inflammatory. The plain greek yogurt provides a great source of protein for the body, which is essential for building muscle and in turn, burns fat.
Ready to try it for yourself?
Matcha Greek Frozen Yogurt
Servings: Approximately 3
- (1) 17.6oz Fage 2% Plain Greek Yogurt
- 1/4 Cup Raw Honey (melted)
- 2 Tablespoons Matcha Green Tea Powder
- Place all 3 ingredients in a food processor.
- Use your chop or grind setting to mix thoroughly. You may need to use a spoon to stir and make sure all ingredients are mixing properly.
- Place mixture in a small and shallow pan that can be placed in the freezer.
- Cover and freeze for about 2 hours. Serve immediately.
- If not serving immediately, take frozen yogurt out of freezer for about 15 minutes to thaw prior to serving.