Everyone’s having a matcha smoothie bowl at the moment. When I got a matcha sample as part of my organic box subscription, I knew I had to jump on the bandwagon! Not normally a fan of green tea (or any tea for that matter), I was absolutely blown away by that matcha flavour! No comparison to cheap green tea in tea bags (which tastes a bit like liquid tobacco to me). Matcha comes with an abundance of health benefits, and – especially important – gives you an energy lift without the heart palpitations you might experience from coffee. A matcha smoothie bowl is therefore the perfect way to get your “get up and go” in the mornings while reaping some of those antioxidants, minerals and vitamin C.
The reason why matcha is actually better for you than green tea is that you ingest the whole green tea leaf and not just the brewed water. There really is no easier way to quickly get nutrients into your body in the morning than a matcha smoothie. And if it tastes like icecream, that makes it all the better! Frozen banana and mango provide for sweet creaminess without dairy and fat. The great thing is that any smoothie is a fantastic vehicle for whatever good stuff you want to put in your body. Wheatgrass, barley grass, protein powder, you name it. Smoothie bowls are not only healthy, quick and satisfying, they are also extremely customisable.
Due to the slight bitterness, sweet fruits such as bananas and mango are best to use here. Especially bananas provide for an ultracreamy, icecream-like texture you won’t get from other fruit. If you are not used to matcha, you might want to start with a smaller amount than indicated and work you way up.
Matcha Smoothie Bowl
half cup almond milk (or other plant milk)
1 frozen banana
handfull of frozen mango
handfull of kale or spinach (preferably frozen)
2 tsp of matcha
1 tsp of barley grass or your favourite greens powder (optional)
1 tbsp vanilla protein powder (optional)
1 tsp maca powder (optional)
1 tsp hemp (optional)
pinch of spirulina (optional)
toppings (optional): coconut flakes, granola, fresh fruit etc.
Just blend all the ingredients (without the toppings) in a high-powered blender, then pour into a cute bowl, go wild on the toppings and get your mojo back!