There’s nothing better than starting your day with a thick, creamy, and delicious smoothie bowl. But what if you could also pack your smoothie with a superfood that gave you energy, boosted your metabolism, and was great for your heart health?
Matcha tea has been a part of Japanese tea rituals for centuries, but it’s getting its time in the limelight now for its incredible array of health benefits. Matcha is an antioxidant superstar, and a potent source of the polyphenols that help protect against disease. It has over 100 times the amount of EGCG, a powerful antioxidant that lowers blood pressure and boosts brain function, than a regular cup of green tea.
Matcha also promotes both energy and calm. Its caffeine gives you energy, while the chemical compound L-theanine helps balance the caffeine so you don’t end up with an energy crash. L-theanine promotes calm, while also helping to level mood and enhance memory and concentration. Matcha also gives you a metabolism boost, which makes it a perfect superfood to add to the start of your day.
We could sing the praises of matcha all day, but we would rather eat and drink it instead! Here’s a recipe for a matcha smoothie bowl for your morning energy boost.
What you’ll need: (serves 1)
1 frozen banana
1/3 cup frozen mango
1 handful spinach
1/2 cup almond milk
1 tsp matcha powder
Optional: a few mint leaves
In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until creamy. Pour into a bowl and top with your favorite toppings. We suggest granola, blueberries, mint, seeds, and coconut.
Author: Maggie Harriman