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Matcha Sesame Shot Recipe

A quick, easy and delicious answer to every vegan’s no.1 challenge – calcium! This sesame and matcha shot recipe is a great way to start your day!

 

Let’s understand the ingredients!

    1. Sesame Seeds: Sesame seeds are one of the richest sources of calcium. In this recipe, we soak the sesame seeds in water to reduce antinutrients like phytic acid and improve the absorption of calcium in the gut. Black sesame seed is the super of the two. However, its taste is too stark for us to able to have a shot every day. You are free to change to all-black sesame though.
    2. Matcha Tea: this tea is one of the strongest anti-inflammatory foods. Regular consumption of matcha has shown benefits in multiple health disorders including diabetes, alzheimer’s, obesity, IBS, HIV, COVID-19, dyslipidemia, autoimmune disorders, and more. (1)
    3. Dates: Packed with soluble fibre and B vitamins, dates are a super healthy food to add to your daily diet. Also, they are natural sweeteners that impart a great flavour to the final drink.
    4. Black Raisins: soaked black raisins are known to purify the blood and improve gut health. Plus, they again add a nice tangy sweetness to the final shot.
    5. Almonds & walnuts: Rich in healthy fats and vitamin E, these nuts not just neutralise the stark sesame taste, but do so in addition to adding to the nutrient profile of the drink.

This combination will keep you satiated for 2-3 hours and will reduce any sweet cravings you may be trying to deal with.

Matcha Sesame Calcium Shot

This is a quick and easy recipe that improves calcium and fibre intake. The perfect replacement to the morning glass of milk for vegans or those who cannot drink dairy for taste or health reasons.
Prep Time 8 hours
Cook Time 5 minutes
Course Breakfast, Side Dish
Cuisine Global
Servings 1 person
Calories 300 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 tbsp White Sesame Seeds
  • 0.5 tbsp Black Sesame Seeds
  • 0.5 tsp Matcha tea
  • 6 Almonds
  • 2 Walnut Halves
  • 2 Dried Dates
  • 5 Black Raisins

Instructions
 

  • Rinse and soak the sesame seeds, almonds, walnuts and raisins for 7-8 hours or overnight.
  • Strain off the water for all of the above.
  • In the small blender pot, place all the soaked ingredients, matcha tea and deseeded dates.
  • Add in about 50 ml of water to this.
  • Blend for 30 seconds, till the ingredients are blended into a homegenous mixture.
  • You can add some more water to adjust the thickness as per your palate.
  • Drink this immediately, do not keep it sitting for too long.

Notes

This recipe is perfect for diabetics, growing children, lactating mothers, vegans, women with PCOS, people living with hypothyroid and fatty liver. 
You can modify the recipe for it to better suit your goals and palate. Here are some changes that may make sense:
  1. If you dont like the taste - replace the black sesame seeds with white sesame seeds. This will almost always solve the problem. 
  2. For women with irregular menses - use the principles of seed cycling here instead of just sesame every day. So from the day you hit your period to 14 days from then, you will make this with 1 tbsp pumpkin seed and 1 tbsp flaxseed. Day 15 onwards till you hit your period again you will make this shot with 1 tbsp sesame seeds and 1 ttbsp sunflower seeds. The taste may not be as nice, but it is very beneficial for you. 
  3. Allergies - if you are allergic to almonds, walnuts or any other nuts, skip that altogether. You can make this with just sesame and dates too. 
  4. If soaking and rinsing the sesame is too much effort for you - I put the sesame seeds in the tea strainer and rinse it under running water. Then the soaking is done along with the strainer as well. This saves time, effort and reduces wastage of the seeds. 
  5. Diabetics - the dates and raisins may be an issue in this case. Ideally you should have this meal post workout or at a time when you will be active. If your levels are unmanaged, then please consult a nutritionist (or me) before having this drink.
Keyword anti-inflammatory, antioxidant rich, calcium-rich, diabetes-friendly, fibre-rich, gut friendly, high protein, local foods, low carbohydrate, pcos-friendly, quick recipes, vegan

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