Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea Plus a Smoothie Recipe

Matcha

Dear Joyous Reader,

The beautiful green powder above is called matcha. You’ve probably heard of it before, maybe even tried it! Matcha is a total superfood heavyweight.  You may have noticed on instagram that I love making matcha lattes by warming almond or coconut milk and then combining it with some honey and matcha.

Matcha has a variety of health benefits making it a superfood heavyweight:

  • FAT BURNING: Increases thermogenesis (the body’s own rate of burning calories) and fat oxidation according to a study featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. In fact, it was demonstrated that exercising immediately after drinking matcha green tea resulted in 25% more fat burning during exercise!
  • ANTI-CANCER FOOD: EGCG is the active catechin in matcha (and green tea) and it is a very powerful antioxidant and free radical scavenger. In fact, 1 cup of matcha has 137 times the amount of EGCG compared to a conventional cup of green tea.
  • DETOX: High quality matcha will be grown in the shade which is why it’s richer in blood cleansing chlorophyll, much more so than other green tea. Chlorophyll is a potent detoxifying compound.
  • CHILL OUT: Matcha contains a very special amino acid called L-theanine (5 X more than green tea). L-theanine helps to relieve stress, lower blood pressure and counterbalance the effects of caffeine.

Health studies aside, I personally love matcha because it gives me a sense of alertness and energy without the negative affects of the jitters and anxiety that caffeine from coffee gives me.

Here’s my super yummy smoothie recipe with matcha!

MATCHA GREEN TEA SMOOTHIE
Serves 1
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Ingredients
  1. 1/2 soft avocado, seed removed, peeled
  2. 1 tsp matcha powder
  3. 2-3 tbsp raw honey
  4. 1 banana
  5. 1 scoop plant-based protein powder
  6. 1 tsp pure vanilla
  7. 1 cup nut/hemp milk of your choice
  8. Filtered water to your desired consistency.
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
  2. Makes 1 generous serving.
  3. Make half the amount for a snack size.
  4. If you have extra, you can use it as a power snack for later on. Just keep it refrigerated.
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  1. Tanya Apr 30, 2014 at 1:34 pm #

    Great recipe idea! Do you have any brands that you recommend for Matcha? I’ve been wanting to try it but I’ve heard that there is a huge range in quality. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

  2. Rebecca Apr 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm #

    Wonderful article and recipe! Where can we find some high quality matcha tea in Toronto?

    • Joy McCarthy Apr 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm #

      I really love the Tealish brand of matcha, plus it’s certified organic and has a really nice flavour.

  3. Heather Apr 30, 2014 at 11:26 pm #

    I was going to ask the same thing :) Thanks for the info, I can’t wait to try this stuff!

    • Joy McCarthy May 2, 2014 at 3:02 pm #

      You’re welcome, enjoy!

  4. Chris Nori May 1, 2014 at 11:32 am #

    What is a good brand for a plant base protein powder and where to buy?

    • Joy McCarthy May 1, 2014 at 12:46 pm #

      I love Genuine Health’s Vegan Vanilla Protein or if you want something unflavoured then Sunwarrior’s Warrior Blend is also great. Hope that helps!

  5. Tiffany May 7, 2014 at 10:35 pm #

    Is it safe during pregnancy?

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