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Have you heard? Matcha is the new green juice.
Sometimes I think what everyone needs in life is a great smoothie. As if we had to go back in time and give all the megalomaniac world leaders a shake, we could rewrite a serious story. Everyone relaxes. Drink your smoothie.
Whether you're in a bad mood, have a Monday caseYou feel like your life is in ruins because of a little low blood sugar, a smoothie can cheer you up, brighten your day, or avoid some very harmful words that are said by hunger.
While in the Dominican Republic, I had mangoes at almost every meal. They are a completely different animal (fruit) there. Deep orange flesh, ripe, sweet, spicy, juicy, melted in the mouth. Ever since I have been home, I have been craving the foods I enjoyed in the Dominican Republic, so I had a couple of mangoes to relive the divine experience.
Needless to say, the mangoes I brought home from my local supermarket paled in comparison to those in tropical paradise, but they were an excellent smoothie.
In my cookbook, I have a similar matcha smoothie recipe, which contains yogurt. Since I had a cold, I skipped the yogurt and added a little orange juice, which made for a wonderful tropical flavor.
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If you've been playing with The Roasted Root, you know I'm a huge matcha fan. I buy my matcha green tea powder over the internet, and because a little helps a lot, a 1 pound bag lasts for about a year. During the winter, I make matcha lattes with almond milk and honey, and enjoy adding it to my smoothies in the summer for an antioxidant and energy boost. I love how it tastes and I especially enjoy Green Tea Iced Coconut Milk.
Because matcha is trending right now, I thought I'd take a hot minute to explain its health benefits (they are many!)
But first…What is matcha? They are stone-ground green tea leaves. Using this green tea powder for your smoothies, lattes, raw or baked goodies results in a higher concentration of health benefits than you would get from soaking green tea.
Matcha Health Benefits
Antioxidants: Green tea leaves are rich in antioxidants, which help remove damaged cells from your body. They protect your healthy cells from the effects of pollution, UV radiation, and tobacco smoke, helping your body stay strong. Matcha contains 7 times the amount of antioxidants in dark chocolate, 6 times the amount of antioxidants found in goji berries, and 20 times the amount of blueberries. One cup of matcha tea gives you the same amount of antioxidants as ten cups of normal green tea.
While you can get antioxidants from a variety of sources, not all antioxidants are created equal, and the antioxidants in green tea leaves are particularly healthy. Green tea leaves contain catechins, which are one of the most powerful antioxidants and are particularly useful in fighting and preventing disease and cancer.
Vitamins and minerals: Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, and K, as well as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, and zinc are found in matcha.
Amino acids: L-theanin is an amino acid that helps you feel calm, alert and relaxed. It helps reduce stress and makes you feel happy!
Fiber: Matcha is a good source of dietary fiber and helps relieve constipation. When you consume matcha, you are digesting green tea leaves, which give you more fiber than green tea bags (or any other tea).
Increase your metabolism: The catechins (mentioned above) help oxidize fat and increase the speed at which you burn calories. Studies show that those who drink matcha before exercising can burn up to 25% more fat than those who don't.
Increase your energy level through the slow release of caffeine in your system. Instead of a sudden waking shake, you feel constantly energetic.
What all this means:
Increased concentration and memory, better mood, decreased cholesterol and blood pressure, healthy cell function, high immune system.
So for your afternoon pickup, a matcha mango smoothie is a great way to do it! It will help you stay focused and energized for the rest of the day.
Mango and matcha smoothie
Preparation time: 5 minutes.
Total time: 5 minutes
2 ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped
2 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
1 cup orange juice
2 teaspoons honey optional
1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
Put everything in a blender and mix until smooth!