Get All The Benefits Of Matcha In Milkshake Form

“Matcha matcha man. I want to be a matcha man…” Well, a matcha WOman for that matter. And I am! 

I’ve been a matcha woman for a while now, and I’m loving it. Matcha is a green tea from Japan that has been called the elixir of the immortals. One sip of this stuff and you'll understand why. Matcha can indeed make you feel immortal. Note: I said, "feel." You do not have nine lives, nor can you fly — even if your body thinks it can due to the energy provided by matcha powder. So please note that these claims have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Matcha tea is 10 times stronger than “regular” green tea. It’s packed with antioxidants, beta carotene, l-theanine (an amino acid that reduces stress and anxiety and heightens mental clarity), catechins (for beautiful skin), and, caffeine, but not caffeine that causes a jittery and shaky sensation à la coffee. Matcha also contains fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and — unlike most brewed teas — matcha features the whole leaf. 

So, ready to dance the matcha-rena? Just make sure your matcha is of the highest quality. Yes, like any luxury item, this means it may be a bit more expensive than your average green tea, but remember, you’re paying for quality, not quantity. Plus, a little bit goes a long way with matcha, so that big bag or container you just bought will last for a long time. Just ½ - 1 teaspoon per serving is all you need to reap matcha’s benefits. I searched far and wide for a good quality, organic matcha brand before discovering Got Matcha. Ok, that sounds like I hiked through the mountains of Japan with an old man with a beard for days with a backpack filled with nori sheets and no material possessions. To be honest, by “far and wide,” I really meant from the comfort of my own home perusing the web and visiting pretty much every organic market in the tri-state area. Though a little old Japanese man and a remote mountain do sound like fun.
 
Matcha is perfect as a hot winter tea, whisked in traditional Japanese fashion with a bamboo whisk. Or, you can give it a modern twist by adding it to your favorite smoothies, juices, or desserts.

Matcha Morning Momentum Milkshake
 
This is my new favorite morning green smoothie recipe using amazing matcha powder for the perfect energy kick to start the day, whether you’re entering a sumo wrestling competition or just heading off to work.
 
Ingredients:
  • ½ - 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 apple, chopped (OR ½ apple, ½ pear)
  • 2 heaping cups of leafy greens (your choice: kale, romaine, chard, spinach, etc.)
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla powder
  • ½ teaspoon fresh ginger (or to taste, I usually like a bit more for an extra spicy anti-inflammatory kick)
  • The juice of 1 lemon
  • ½ cup coconut water
Directions:

Mix all ingredients together in a blender (preferably a Vitamix) until creamy. If you like your smoothies a bit less thick, just add more liquid.

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