Think of this overnight paleo and keto matcha breakfast bowl as an ideal way to kickstart your day: a true nutritional powerhouse, packed with antioxidants and fiber.
Paleo & Keto Matcha Breakfast Bowl 🍵
This matcha bowl with chia seeds has been my go-to breakfast as of late. It’s quick, packed with fiber, incredibly nutrient dense, and delicious. As in, it checks all the right boxes.
I whip up a large batch and keep it handy in the fridge for the week. i.e. it’s meal prepping supreme. Then I either eat the chia pudding whole with a handful of berries, or when I’m feeling fancy I turn it into a ‘breakfast bowl’.
I simply blend the matcha chia pudding with half an avocado (for added good fats, nutrients and extra creaminess), some mint leaves (or extract), a handful of ice, and make a smooth pudding-like bowl out of it. Sort of like our Shamrock shake, but thicker and packed with fiber.
The result is a fresh and nourishing paleo and keto breakfast ideal.
Matcha is simply green tea on steroids, think ten times as many antioxidants as your regular cup of loose leaf green tea. And looking at its antioxidant components, catechins make up the most part. Which is super neat, as they’re regarded as the most potent and beneficial of the lot.
And digging a little deeper, green tea is particularly rich in EGCg, a catechin highly regarded for its cancer-fighting properties. And matcha green tea contains 100 times more EGCg than other teas out there.
And if coffee is giving you the jitters, matcha really is a great option (without having to give up caffeine, that is). You see, green tea is rich in the amino acid L-Theanine, which stimulates the production of alpha waves by our brains to induce relaxation and reduce stress. All without the fogginess or drowsiness caused by downers.
Plus, L-Theanine is also a known aid for the production of dopamine and serotonin, two known mood-enhancers (amongst other things). Tripe win!
Oh, and let’s not forget that matcha is also incredibly nutrient dense. Think potassium, iron, calcium and vitamins A and C. Plus, it’s also very low carb (less than 1g carb a serving + nearly equal amounts of fiber = nil).
Just note that qualities do vary vastly, so be sure to look into a good one such as Jade Leaf’s. Arguably, you really do want to go organic here as teas are notably ridden with pesticides.
The Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are awesome. These tiny Mexican guys pack a whole lot of protein and add a whole lot of oomph. They contain large amounts of fiber and omega-3 fatty acids, plenty of high quality protein, and several essential minerals and antioxidants.
So if you’re on keto, and having trouble passing (you know, 💩), chia seeds are bound to become your new best friends.
The Texture. Lets face it, just like tapioca pudding, you either love it or you hate it. But for those of you haters out there, this pudding is awesome blended until silky smooth.
The Sweetener 🍯
And if paleo, or not restricted by sugars, you can do maple syrup, coconut sugar, or simply blend in some dates (ideal!).
And if using xylitol, make sure to be careful if you have a pup (or kitty) around the house, as it’s highly toxic to the little guys! 🐕
(Overnight!) Paleo & Keto Matcha Breakfast Bowl
For the overnight matcha chia bowl
For the smooth version (optional)
- 1/4-1/2 avocado to taste
- mint extract or fresh mint leaves
Serving suggestions (optional)
- shredded coconut lightly toasted
- almonds lightly toasted
- fresh strawberries
- Mix chia seeds with your chosen milk, matcha, sweetener, and salt. Cover and refrigerate overnight. For the milk, I like to mix 1-2 tablespoons of full fat coconut milk (the canned stuff) with 1 cup of water.
- Add more liquid as needed to reach desired consistency (optional). Sweeten to taste and serve with toppings of choice.
- To make the smooth version, simply blend in a high speed blender. You can add some avocado for added creaminess, mint leaves (or extract) for a fresh touch, and a handful of ice.
- Chia pudding (without the avocado), can be kept refrigerated in an airtight container for up to a week (i.e. it's ideal for meal prepping!).