I’VE BEEN HEARING A LOT ABOUT MATCHA AND ITS ENERGY-BOOSTING BENEFITS LATELY. HOW CAN I INCORPORATE IT INTO MY DIET BEFORE OR AFTER A WORKOUT?
-BEN B., NEW YORK, NY

Next time you need a caffeine hit (sans the jitters that come with coffee), opt for matcha, which contains less (and more slowly released) caffeine than a cup of joe. The green tea powder can also boost metabolism, alleviate joint pain, and improve mental focus. Before exercise, try matcha iced tea. Dissolve 1½ teaspoons of matcha powder in 10–12 ounces of hot water. Add half a cup of ice cubes. Post-workout, mix two teaspoons of matcha powder into your protein smoothie. Or try this easy dinner recipe.

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Matcha-Crusted Halibut
MAKES: 4 SERVINGS

INGREDIENTS
¾ cup raw pistachios 
1 tbsp matcha powder, like Ito En Matcha Love
½ tsp sea salt
1½ lb fresh halibut or cod
Coconut oil spray (unrefined)
Sea salt to taste

DIRECTIONS
1) Place pistachios, matcha, and sea salt in a food processor and pulse until mixture resembles a crust, not a powder. Transfer to a shallow dish.
2) Prep fish and portion out into 4 servings. Spray each fillet with coconut oil and crust the flesh side of the fish with the pistachio crust. Dust with sea salt.
3) Lightly coat a stainless steel sauté pan with coconut oil spray. Place over medium heat. Add fish and cook until firm to the touch, about 8-10 minutes. Serve over a bed of fresh greens, quinoa, brown rice, or soba noodles.

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