Matcha Vanilla Smoothie

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The health benefits of matcha are numerous.  Matcha powder is finely ground green tea leaves that have been specifically grown, harvested and processed according to Japanese tradition for peak theanine and caffeine levels.  Rich in fiber, chlorophyll, vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium, matcha is a simple way to add health promoting properties to your diet.  High in potent antioxidants, matcha has 137 times more catechins than a cup of green tea.  Matcha boosts the metabolism and helps burn excess body fat.  The chlorophyll content found within matcha aids in the body's natural detoxification process.  L-theanine, a compound in matcha,  is a precursor for serotonin production and modulator of dopamine and norepinephrine.  This neurotransmitter activity is known to enhance the mood, improve memory,  promote concentration, and ease stress.  The L-theanine content in matcha is also why those who are caffeine sensitive do not feel  poorly when consuming matcha.  

 

INGREDIENTS

1 cup full-fat coconut milk*

1 teaspoon matcha powder

A handful of greens, kale, spinach, dandelion greens

1/2 banana, omit if flowing a low-glycemic or ketogenic diet 

1 scoop of vanilla paleo protein, paleo meal, or organic pea protein**

Dash of MCT oil

A handful of ice

Additional wholesome sweetener to taste, if needed

 

Add all ingredients except for the protein powder into a high-speed blender.  Blend until smooth. Add the protein powder and blend on low until incorporated to ensure the delicate protein structure stays intact.  

*Avocado and filtered water make a nice substitution for milk.  Keep in mind that healthy fats are key for proper body function, blood sugar regulation, and satiety. 

**To learn more about our favorite protein powders, please read this article.

Check out our smoothie inspiration post for more options and add-in ideas!
 

 

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