Matcha Green Ginger Smoothie

Matcha2If I’m honest I have to say I have never liked Matcha, I am a coffee girl through and through. The thought of switching to Matcha as my morning pick me up seems like total insanity.  Sarah, founder of Eat2Run and my nutritional guru looked at me like I was bonkers when I told her, and suggested I try making it properly.

When I first tried Matcha  I have to confess I was plopping a giant dollop in a cup throwing on the warm milk or water , giving it a quick stir and promptly tossing down the sink – seriously Yuck!  Roll forward to getting serious about nutrition and investment in a good quality brand (DoMatcha is one great option and click the link to see videos on how to prepare yours properly) that doesn’t leave a nasty aftertaste.  Then mixing it with my homemade almond milk and whisking it just right way and hey presto its actually not that bad, infact I kind of like it!! To make Matcha tea or Latte you can also follow Sarah’s recipe below in the contributor section.

 

So, now that I know Matcha is my friend I want to try it in some other recipes because its so easy to add and if its so good for my skin I want to make sure I am getting enough of the benefits.

Here is a smoothie I made today that was so delicious I really cant wait to have it again.

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Matcha Green Ginger Smoothie

makes 1 serving 

  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup coconut water – freeze ice cubes to make smoothie nice and cold
  • 1 cup of baby spinach (5 oz)
  • •1-inch piece fresh ginger, peeled and diced (i like it very spicy so have a little more)
  • 1 tsp matcha depending on your liking you may add more
  • 1/2 deseeded lemon
  • 1 cup of cut pear
  • 1 very ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts
  1. Pour the liquid into a high-powered blender ( I love my Vitamix) , and add the spinach. Blend on medium until spinach is mixed down into the water. Add ginger; mix on high for one minute.
  2. Add all other ingredients and blend on high speed or smoothie setting on your Vitamix until combined well.
  3. Enjoy immediately or pour into a Mason jar and store for up to 24 hours.

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I love this blog SixDegreesMatcha for their great recipes, Im certainly going to be trying some soon so watch for Match day coming soon.

FEATURE CONTRIBUTOR SARAH J.CUFF RHN

 

Matcha & Green Tea: Green tea and matcha tea (finely crushed green tea leaves) are high in flavonoids called catechins which have strong an9-inflammatory benefits, an9-cancer proper9es and lowers the risk of heart disease. Green tea also contains a substance called theanine, which induces the release of GABA and dopamine, neurotransmilers that make us feel calm and boost our mood.

Matcha contains about 8-10 times more flavonoids than green tea and double to triple the caffeine (1 cup of green tea has about ~30mg caffeine; 1 tsp of matcha offers ~70mg caffeine; 1 small (short) coffee offers ~100mg).

 

To make a Matcha simply

Matcha Tea

makes 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 to 1 tsp of pure matcha tea powder, nothing added (DoMatcha is one of the best tasting brands)
  • boiling water, cooled just slightly (or heat only to “almost boiling”)Directions
    1. Place the matcha in a matcha bowl or large mug.
    2. Pour 1-2 Tbsp of the hot water into the bowl or mug with the matcha and whisk with a quick, light zig-zag motion until smooth. Add a few more tablespoons of hot water, whisk.
    3. Pour the thick matcha into your mug (if you were using a matcha bowl) or travel cup and top up with hot water. Enjoy!

Matcha Latte

makes 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1⁄2 to 1 tsp of pure matcha tea powder, nothing added
  • 1⁄2 cup almond or coconut milk
  • boiling water
  • 1⁄4 to 1⁄2 tsp of maple syrup or honey (depending on how much matcha you used) – optionalDirections
    1. Place the matcha in a matcha bowl or large mug.
    2. Whisk about 2-3 Tbsp of the milk in, until you’ve got a thick, smooth and creamy mixture.
    3. Pour into mug (if you were using a matcha bowl).Add boiling water, leaving room for remainder of milk.
    4. Add sweetener if required to taste.
    5. Shake, whisk, or froth (using a frother) the remainder of the milk over low heat.
    6. Top your drink with the frothy milk. (Or just pour the rest of the milk in without ‘frothing’ it.

Enjoy  from Eat2Run and with a little Eccentricity from Literally life.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. I don’t see where to add the macha in the green smoothie recipe…although even without it, the smoothie looks delicious!

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    1. nikkib2013 says:

      You add 1 tsp with the rest of the ingredients after the spinach has been mixed. You can add more depending on the Matcha you use and your taste 🙂 enjoy !

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  2. Tonya says:

    So delicious and so filling!! Started my day off feeling satisfied, energized and ready for a killer workout!

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