Pantone has announced its color of the year for 2017, and we could not be more obsessed. Greenery — a yellow-green shade — represents all things natural, earthy and energetic. In the words of Pantone, it is “symbolic of new beginnings.” Well, we’re down with that! And what better way to celebrate the color of the year than by bringing green into your cuisine? From matcha recipes to fresh guacamole recipes, some of our favorite foods showcase Greenery in all its glory. Here are 16 of our favorite ways to incorporate it into your meals.
2. Matcha Green Tea Coconut Pancakes: Gluten-free, totally healthy *and* a lovely shade of Greenery, these coconut cakes are ideal for anyone who wants to get their breakfast fix without over-indulging. They’re made with coconut flour, matcha green tea, egg whites, honey, pistachios and Greek yogurt. (via The Healthy Foodie)
3. Matcha Donuts: You’ve probably noticed that there are quite a few matcha-topped recipes on this list. That’s because uber-healthy matcha is the PERFECT ingredient to turn your recipes into Greenery-colored eye candy. Case in point: these pretty (and not-as-healthy) donuts. (via Bon Appetit)
4. Matcha Granola: For a healthy dose of Greenery in your morning brekky, turn to this healthy homemade matcha granola recipe. Eat it raw as a snack, or pour some milk over it to turn it into a hearty breakfast cereal. (via Panatea)
6. Lime Bars: If you’re not a fan of matcha, don’t worry — there are still plenty of other ways to turn your meals into a delightful, Greenery-themed celebration. These lime bars are light, sweet, citrusy and delicious. (via Yummy Healthy Easy)
7. 5-Minute Magic Green Sauce: Take your chicken, pasta, steak or rice up a notch by drizzling it with this AH-MAZING green sauce. It’s super easy to make too: Just pop some avocado, parsley, cilantro, jalapeño, garlic and olive oil into your food processor and VOILA! (via Pinch of Yum)
8. Matcha Mochi Yogurt Pops: These pretty little pops are made with two star ingredients: matcha and mochi. What’s mochi, you ask? A Japanese rice cake made primarily of sugar, sweet rice flour and coconut milk. (via my name is yeh)
10. Black Bean Burgers With Green Tea Basil Aioli: If you’re looking for a way to use matcha that isn’t a breakfast or a dessert, this green tea-infused aioli recipe should help. We totally recommend putting it in a black bean burger, as a dip for fries or atop your chicken breasts. (via Healthy Seasonal Recipes)
11. The Green Apple Energizer: If you have a juicer, you pretty much have no excuse NOT to make some concoctions that showcase Pantone’s color of the year. Here’s one idea for you: This combo of apples, cucumbers, mint leaves and lime will leave you fresh and energized. (via Tried and Tasty)
12. Miso-Glazed Eggplant With Green Tea Rice: Matcha-infused rice not only has a pretty color, but it plays perfectly off of flavorful and healthy eggplant. This delicious vegan recipe is ideal for adding to your Meatless Monday rotation. (via Blue Apron)
13. Green Monster Smoothie With Chia Seeds: There’s pretty much NOTHING unhealthy about this creamy and lightly sweet smoothie. Chia seeds are packed with Omega-3s and powerful antioxidants, while spinach, banana and almond milk give you nutrients like vitamin K, calcium and potassium. Pro tip: To keep this on the healthy side, go for an all-natural peanut butter. (via Dishing Delish)
14. Matcha Coconut Latte: This healthy latte has a little bit of a kick (green tea contains caffeine), so it’s the perfect way to start off a spring day. Bonus tip: Sift your matcha in a sieve before using — this will get rid of any clumpiness. (via Love and Lemons)
15. Matcha Pistachio Bliss Balls: These tiny little treats are perfect for popping throughout the week whenever you need a little pick-me-up. And, bonus, they’re totally healthy: They’re made with cashews, pistachios, dates, coconut flakes, matcha and coconut oil. (via Downshiftology)
16. Matcha Dark Chocolate Bars: These antioxidant-packed desserts are both super sweet AND full of health benefits. You’ll need a food processor to turn the almonds, dates, cacao powder and coconut oil into gooey and decadent chocolate bars. (via Little Market Kitchen)
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