The greener the grass the better, right? The same goes for matcha.
When it comes to taste and quality, a vibrant green matcha is what you want to look for. Bright green matcha indicates a high concentration of chlorophyll and L-theanine (which alters the effects of caffeine, promoting alertness and avoiding a crash in energy levels).
It’s true that matcha comes from the same plant as green tea, but since it’s made from the entire leaf, it packs a more concentrated punch of antioxidants. Some research shows that matcha can help enhance brain function too.
To round out its list of health benefits, matcha’s L-theanine content also increases alpha wave activity in the brain, which induces relaxation and decreases stress levels.
With all of its mood stabilizing, brain boosting and skin enhancing benefits, matcha is one of our favourite superfoods to throw into something easy to make, like a smoothie. Whether you choose to sip yours bright and early or in the afternoon for a pick-me-up, these matcha smoothie recipes are sure to jump-start your day.
Plus, their garden fresh ingredients offer you a great opportunity to honour the start of a brand new season. Cheers!
1) Wild Blueberry Vanilla Matcha Smoothie – Champagne Nutrition
From the blogger: “I combined delicious matcha with bright-flavored frozen blueberries and rich vanilla extract for an unexpected favor profile. All of these ingredients create a lot of health benefits with the vitamins and antioxidants in wild blueberries and bananas. The other benefit here is all the fibre in those fruits which is great for your digestive system, helps lower cholesterol and also keeps you feeling full for longer.”
2) Mango Matcha Smoothie – Hey Nutrition Lady
From the blogger: “This Mango Matcha Green Tea Smoothie is the perfect thing to get your day started! Made with banana, frozen broccoli, mango, and plant-based milk, this vegan matcha smoothie is loaded with green goodness, antioxidants for a healthy morning breakfast recipe.”
3) Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie – The Garden Grazer
From the blogger: “Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie is a light, refreshing way to get your daily dose of zenergy and antioxidants! Matcha pairs beautifully with coconut, banana, and pineapple.”
4) Energizing Chocolate Matcha Green Tea Smoothie – Whole Food Bellies
From the blogger: “Kick those sweet cravings to the curb with this Chocolate Matcha Green Tea Smoothie just bursting with natural goodness. Loaded with good fats from avocado, peanut butter and chia seeds, this super creamy glass of deliciousness will keep you fuller for longer.”
5) Mint Matcha Superfood Smoothie – Neurons and Nourishment
From the blogger: “This robustly flavourful mint matcha superfood smoothie is packed with refreshing, nutritious ingredients to boost your mood and brain power!”