Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea Plus a Smoothie Recipe


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!

Serves 1
  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.
  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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Joy McCarthy

Joy McCarthy is the vibrant Holistic Nutritionist behind Joyous Health. Author of JOYOUS HEALTH: Eat & Live Well without Dieting, professional speaker, nutrition expert on Global’s Morning Show, Faculty Member at Institute of Holistic Nutrition and co-creator of Eat Well Feel Well. Read more...

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  • 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!

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

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

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

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

    • 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!

  • I was wondering what brand is a good one for the Matcha?
    Thanks so much,