I’m a lazy cook, and I hate making food that takes a lot of effort even if it’s supposed to be really delicious. Usually when I’m on competition prep, I don’t have the time or energy to figure out what the macros are for a new recipe – which prevents me from branching out from really simple recipes/stuff that’s already prepared. This is a post in the series, “Lazy Prep,” where I try and balance a competitor’s lack of energy, time, and macros with their desire to eat good tasting food.
I have been absolutely obsessed with matcha recently. Matcha is a fine powder made out of ground up green tea leaves, and is purported to have lots of health benefits due to its high level of catechins, which are anti-oxidants that undo and prevent the cellular damage that leads to aging and disease.
Health benefits aside, it’s absolutely delicious, and it has a tiny bit of caffeine to give you a steady source of energy – no jitters! (Matcha contains less than half the amount of caffeine per cup than in a similar-sized cup of coffee.)
You can use it pretty much like unsweetened cocoa powder (sometimes with it for a chocolate matcha flavor!) – put it in baked goods, drinks, etc.
This is seriously the easiest recipe ever. All you need is matcha powder, stevia, a container that will hold the mixture in the freezer, and Greek yogurt. For the purposes of macro counting (which is seriously just the greek yogurt + 2 grams of carbs from the 3g of matcha), I’ll be using the plain Oikos nonfat greek yogurt.
Matcha goes well with a lot of fruit and berry flavors too, so experiment with different yogurts that fit your macros best. Using a yogurt with a higher fat content will give you a creamier texture, but I find that the zero fat works okay as long as it doesn’t completely freeze.
Okay. You ready? It’s:
- Mix 3 grams matcha powder with 1 cup greek yogurt (225 grams) and sweeten to taste (for me, this is three packets, so 6 grams of Truvia/similar stevia-erythritol blend).
- Put in a container and freeze for an hour – it should have a soft consistency. If you want a firmer consistency, leave it in the freezer for a little longer. That’s it! If you have a ice cream maker, the process is just a bit faster – 20 to 30 minutes.
Final macros for one serving (it’s one big bowl!) = 12 g carbs, 0 g fat, 22 g protein for 130 calories.
Compared to Halo Top’s Green Tea flavor, this actually tastes like green tea and the macros are way better even if you did throw in your own mochi pieces.
I’ll be coming out with more “Lazy Prep” posts soon, so be on the look out! Subscribe to my feed and follow me on Pinterest for more easy but delicious recipes.