|Raw Vegan Smoothie with Matcha Green Tea Powder|
Last weekend we discovered Matcha Green Tea Powder. The cost is a bit expensive for our liking, but that certainly outweighs the many health benefits of it. Plus, with how we eat and live it is quite doable. While there are plenty of online places to buy matcha, with an abundance of information like Got Matcha, we bought our first one at Sprouts, the Organic Ceremonial Grade.
In my mind I was comparing this type of tea to other green teas that give an instant energy boost and make you jittery, so I was a little concerned as the only caffeine I drink is my morning cup of coffee. However, since making our first of several green smoothies with it, this has not been the case. I must say that we are very pleased with this new addition to our daily diet.
Here is one of my new matcha green tea powder recipes. I noted the options in case you want or need to change it up.
1 1/2 cups pure coconut water (or plain water, or milk of choice)
2 good handfuls fresh baby spinach
1/2 cup frozen mango (or fresh)
1/2 cup frozen peaches (or fresh)
1 frozen banana cut into chunks
1 tsp Matcha Green Tea Powder
1 Date (optional)
1 TBS Hemp Seed (optional)
1 TBS Flax Meal (optional)
ice - if using fresh fruit
extra water as needed - this makes a thick smoothie so depends on what your blender can handle.
Put all ingredients into vitamix/blender and blend away until smooth and creamy. You may need to add some extra water if it gets too thick. This makes one very large glassful for a very filling breakfast.
Another note of the many benefits is the wonderful calming effect. That is because of the amino acid L-Theanines. "Over a thousand years ago, matcha came to Japan as an aid to meditation practice. During long hours of sitting, monks would drink matcha to remain alert yet calm."
|Calm like our golden Buddha|