Incredible Hulk Bites

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Inspired by a recipe from Siggi’s yogurt, I made some tweaks and came up with these bright green gems. They make for a great snack with a good balance of carbohydrate, protein, healthy fat, and fiber. Their taste is a little sweet and a little salty, with a bright earthy flavor thanks to the matcha they are rolled in. Matcha is a finely ground green tea powder, traditionally used in Japanese tea ceremonies. Several health benefits have been linked to green tea (and tea in general) thanks to bioactive compounds, such as flavanoids. For example, a recent study showed a lower risk of dementia among tea drinkers. However, pregnant women and children should exercise caution when consuming matcha (see below).

A hint of green from pistacchios on the inside, and a scream of green from the matcha on the outside inspired their name. (I thought better than to call them “Incredible Hulk Balls.”) Whip up a batch today and store them in your fridge for a quick, healthy snack. I hope they are a Hulk SMASH at your house!

Incredible Hulk Bites Recipe

Makes 18 bites (9 servings)

Ingredients:

1/4 cup 0% Skyr of Greek yogurt
1 cup dates, chopped
1 cup pistachios, shelled
1/4 cup hemp seeds, hulled
1/4 cup chia seeds
1/2 cup almond meal
1/4 teaspoon salt
2 tablespoons matcha powder for rolling

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except matcha powder in a food processor and blend until mixture holds together (avoid over-processing for a crunchier bite). Form 1 ounce bites by rolling in clean hands, then roll in matcha powder until entire exterior is coated. Store in the refrigerator.

Tips:

If the matcha is too “grassy” of a taste for you, consider finishing the bites by rolling in shredded coconut or cocoa powder. You can also put your own personal touch on this recipe by substituting different nuts and dried fruits. Have fun!

Nutrition:

Based on a serving of 2 bites: Calories 212; Protein 6g; Total Fat 12g; Saturated Fat 2g; Sodium 128g; Carbohydrate 22g; Total Sugars 12g; Added Sugars 0g; Fiber 6g*

*Nutrient analysis performed with SuperTracker Recipe Analysis

Caution:

Pregnant women and children should exercise caution when consuming matcha powder due to potential lead exposure. Some tea leaves contain lead because the soil in which they are grown is contaminated. When you steep tea in water, you get rid of the leaves before consuming the beverage. This eliminates a good amount of the lead. However, in the case of matcha, you are consuming the whole leaf. This video from NutritionFacts.org gives a good explanation as well as some guidelines on consumption limits. According to the video, consuming green tea leaves grown in Japan is much safer than those grown in China. I purchased this organic matcha powder grown in Japan on Amazon.

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