Mmmm… Matcha. Maybe a bit of an acquired taste if you’ve never had anything like it, but once you start your body wants more. At least my body does.
Sparking the Matcha
This brings me back to a few weeks ago during the holidays. I am back at my childhood home in the great suburbs of Chicago and between my mom, sister, and me we are all fighting for space in the kitchen. I happen to be the first one to relent. Too much effort for me.
But I really wanted a smoothie and something green, because sometimes nutrients go on the back burner during the holidays and I wanted to make an effort to stay healthy. Remember my post 3 Ways to Slow Down During the Holidays? Well I followed my rules, but low and behold New Year’s Eve day I woke up with a sore throat. I came so close. It was a valiant effort, in my opinion.
Anyways, back to Matcha. After retreating from the kitchen, I needed to come with a plan to nourish my body since I had just sweated my face off and more at a hot yoga class. My stomach was screaming “FEED ME!” I found myself at Protein Bar and took a chance on the Avo-Matcha smoothie and added spinach. (Protein Bar offers healthy eats including smoothies and juice, but currently with no locations in California) It was so delicious. I even contemplated going back for a second and had some negative self-talk regretting the fact I ordered a small. Never again.
I had Matcha on my mind so naturally my closest friends knew all about it. Then my friend tagged me in the FeedFeed‘s post of a drool worthy photo of a Matcha milkshake on their Instagram account. That was the tipping point. I had to get me some Matcha and start the smoothie making. I picked up some cooking grade Matcha at Lassen’s natural foods store.
My Take on Matcha
I thought I would make mine a little more tropical using mangos and pineapple sans the avocado and of course with banana. I love avocados, but I just didn’t have any. I have tried many types of protein powders and different ways to add them in smoothies, but it almost always ends with an overwhelming chalky taste robbing me of the deliciousness of the other ingredients. I was feeling bold because Protein Bar made me think if they made taste good then I could. Protein Bar uses Sun Warrior protein, which is definitely in my top 3. I had the RAW protein by Garden of Life in my pantry so I went ahead with that, but would not use it again, sadly.Despite the protein faux pas, this smoothie was on point.
I prefer to eat things with a spoon rather than a straw because it just feel more like a meal and toppings. Toppings add texture and texture is life.
- 1 frozen banana
- ¾ cup frozen mango
- ½ cup of pineapple
- Handful of spinach
- 1 cup of almond mild (I prefer Trader Joe’s Unsweetened)
- 2 teaspooons of Matcha
- A squeeze of Vitamin D 3
- Raw Almonds
- Slices of Bananas
- Unsweetened Shredded Coconut
- Place all of the ingredient and in high speed blender
- Blend away, if you added spinach it will take a little longer.
- If you want it as a bowl like me vs. a smoothie you made need to mix it up a couple of time for it to blend.
- Sprinkle on all of your favorite toppings.
- I like to add some crunchy almond butter too!
Benefits of getting your Matcha on!
- Improves memory and concentration
- High in Antioxidants
- Fortifies the immune system
- Increases energy
You can find more benefits on Natural Living Ideas blog.
Have you added Matcha to smoothies or used it to bake? I need more ideas of how to use it. Leave comments below.
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