Published on Jun 29, 2018
Right now matcha is taking the world by storm. Everywhere you turn, there’s matcha-flavored ice cream, matcha-flavored this, matcha-flavored that. The thing is, on the keto diet, we can’t enjoy a lot of these matcha treats simply because they have too much sugar in them but matcha is something that is super, super powerful on a ketogenic diet simply because of not only all the antioxidant compounds that are in it, but also its ability to slow down gut motility to ultimately make you full a little bit longer, thereby helping you out when it comes down to your body composition goals.
So what I’ve got for you here is a drinkable fat bomb. I’m not gonna have you drink a gallon of coconut oil, but I’m gonna have you drink something that is super tasty that not only utilizes matcha but utilizes a really cool new trick that’s been backed by science to improve the bioavailability of matcha and help that matcha do its trick within your body.
So all I’ve got in front of me are a few simple ingredients. This is literally gonna be one of the easiest recipes that I’ve ever put together. So all I’ve got to start is some good old fashioned light coconut milk. I’m using it from the can and I’m gonna use this whole can or close to it. Normally I’m using a carton of almond milk or a carton of coconut milk. In this case, I want to go with the higher fat stuff, but I’m using the light coconut milk so make sure when you’re looking at the grocery store, you get the one that says light, not the one that is thick, otherwise you’re gonna end up with way too many calories and you’re gonna have a hard time even getting it out of the can.
So all I’m gonna do is I’m gonna take just enough to fill up this cup, maybe a little over halfway. See how it’s thick but not super super thick? This way we’re getting the medium chain triglycerides from the fat that’s in it, but we’re not totally loading ourselves with 400 calories or more simply from coconut milk. We’re gonna get maybe a couple hundred calories from this, just enough to get us some energy on the ketogenic diet.
Then when it comes down to matcha, I want to talk about matcha for just a second. Matcha is obviously powerful because we have the epigallocatechin gallate, which is also known as EGCG. That’s all great, that has super powerful antioxidant compounds in it that can slow down what is called lipid peroxidation. Lipid peroxidation is where we’re taking fats that aren’t used in the body and oxidizing them, turning them into poison. Let me give you an example. Have you ever left fish oil out on the counter, or have you ever cut fish and then come back maybe half an hour later and it just reeks horribly? Or have you ever taken a fish oil pill and found that when you burp, it tastes pretty rancid. Well, that’s because those fats are oxidized. Same thing happens inside your body. If you’re consuming any kind of fats and they’re not getting utilized properly, they can go rancid in your body. That’s exactly why we want to be able to utilize the power of matcha in the antioxidants to slow down that lipid peroxidation.
The other thing we want to talk about is something known as cholecystokinin, CCK. CCK is a hormone that slows down your got motility. All that simply means is it slows down the rate at which your small intestine is churning for a little bit.
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