This is a really easy smoothie recipe and tastes great. With the addition of some Matcha powder, its super healthy too.
For those who don’t know what Matcha is, is finely ground powder of specially grown and processed green tea. There are many health benefits but instead of me listed a heap on this page and making you scroll down further before you can see the recipe, I will just let you see the recipe first and then you can read about it under that.
- 2 frozen Bananas
- 1 Kiwi Fruit
- ½ cup of Almond Mylk
- 1 cup of Water
- 1 tsp Matcha Maiden powder
- Put it all in your blender and switch it on.
- Woohoo, smoothie time.
We use Matcha Maiden for our Matcha fix. Here is an extract from their site which explains everything you need to know.
According to Eisai (the Buddhist monk who studied in China and India and brought Buddhist culture and tea culture to Japan – what a guy), green tea is a precious medicine for health and long life. That makes matcha a SUPER precious medicine for health and long life.
The potential health benefits of green tea are well known and include:
- increased focus and concentration
- higher energy levels
- enhanced metabolism
- stronger immune system
- clearer skin
- general improved wellbeing
(Also, don’t forget the looks of superiority about how much of a health junkie you are choosing green tea over your coffee-drinking friends). We know that sciencey stuff and long-hard-to-pronounce technical words are a bore but they’re pretty important for your body. Just like the Mix N Matcha blend – designed to be user friendly – we’ll try to make it simple.
- ANTIOXIDANTS: These help boost the immune system and fight cancer-causing free radicals in the body. According to the latest testing method, ORAC, matcha’s rating is 1300 units per gram, compared to pomegranates 105 units per gram or blueberries 91 units. 1 g of matcha = 500g raw spinach. 130 times more calcium than normal green tea and 172 times the amount of protein!!!
- THEANINE: Tea is the only plant that makes this amino acid which is what makes you alert without giving you the jitters and is why green tea is a superior source of caffeine to coffee. It stimulates the brain waves while relaxing the mind – this is why buddhist monks use matcha for meditation. It creates the same energising effect of coffee without the anxiety and shakes coffee can cause.
- CAFFEINE: Yes, green tea does contain caffeine. Caffeine is also known for its potential to increase focus and stimulate weight loss. However, 1 gram of matcha contains about 25-30mg of caffeine whereas regular coffee has up to 80-100mg. Further, the caffeine in green tea combines with theanine to create a focusing and calming effect on the body rather than the nervousness of too much coffee!
- VITAMINS & MINERALS: The rest is all long sciencey words like chlorophyll and bioflavonoids. To simplify, green tea contains lots of other goodies that help boost the immune system, help you detox and maintain general wellbeing. Matcha has higher levels of oil soluble constituents (e.g. Vitamins A, E and beta carotene) that are otherwise extracted into water when brewed as regular green tea. Win!