Summer mode has officially started. This means I am craving refreshing smoothie bowls to kickstart the day.
Of course, packed full of goodness.
This veggie-based Matcha bowl is bursting with vitamins, low in sugar and full of flavour.
It tastes as fresh as it looks. A gorgeous vibrant green, Matcha offers a fresh and earthy flavour. Perfect if you are looking for something ‘semi-sweet’.
Matcha is THE green tea of green teas.
It comes from the same plant as green tea: Camellia sinensis, however, it’s grown differently and has a unique nutrient profile.
Farmers grow matcha by covering their plants 20–30 days before harvest to avoid direct sunlight. This increases chlorophyll production, boosts the amino acid content and gives the plant a darker green hue.
Since it is also made from the entire leaf it contains a more concentrated amount of antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds.
Health benefits include:
It is high in antioxidants
Matcha is rich in catechins, a class of plant compounds in tea that act as natural antioxidants. These antioxidants help stabilise harmful free radicals, which are compounds that can cause to damage cells and lead to several chronic disease. The number of certain catechins in matcha is up to 137 x greater than in other types of green tea.
It protects your heart
Green tea has been shown to reduce total levels and “bad” LDL cholesterol as it prevents its oxidation. It also reduces levels of triglycerides, another factor that may protect against heart diseases and strokes.
Some studies show that green tea extract helps increase metabolism and fat burning, both of which may aid weight loss.
Helps prevent Cancer
Matcha is especially high in epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), a type of catechin that has been shown to have powerful anti-cancer properties.
Boosts Brain Function
Matcha has been shown to improve attention, memory and reaction time. It also contains caffeine and L-theanine, which can improve several aspects of brain function and helps avoid the crash in energy levels that can follow caffeine consumption.
L-theanine has also been shown to increase alpha wave activity in the brain which is said to help with relaxation and decrease stress levels.
Protects your Liver
Green tea extract significantly reduces liver enzyme levels. Elevated levels of these enzymes are a marker of liver damage and are associated with liver disease.
Strengthens your Immune System
The catechins in Matcha have been shown to have antibiotic properties which promote overall health. Additionally, just one serving provides substantial quantities of Potassium, Vitamins A & C, Iron, Protein, and Calcium.
Detoxifies the body
Thanks to its high levels of chlorophyll, Matcha is a powerful detoxifier capable of naturally removing heavy metals and chemical toxins from the body.
For the smoothie:
♣ 2 tsp Matcha Green Tea Powder (Midori Springs)
♣ 10 grams natural flavour vegan protein powder (Pulsin Natural Soya Protein Isolate)
♣ 100 grams frozen courgette
♣ 100 grams frozen cauliflower
♣ 1/2 medium frozen banana
♣ 50 grams frozen pineapple
♣ Large handful of fresh spinach
♣ 100ml cashew milk (or any other nut milk alternative)
Optional: add agave nectar, date nectar or honey to sweeten if desired.
ALL THE GOODS.
For example: Medjool dates, frozen raspberries, melon and nut butter (I used PBfit’s peanut butter powder).
Granola, nut butter and fruit is always a winner!
Simply add all the ingredients to a blender and blend until you have a smooth consistency. Add more liquid (cashew milk or water) for a thinner consistency. I personally love a thick, ice-cream like bowl.
Then, let your creativity shine through and load up your bowl to your heart’s desire.
From seeds, nuts and granola to fresh or dried fruit and yogurt, the possibilities are endless. Why not even try popcorn (trust me!), snack bars or different sweet treats to add a little extra?
The perfect breakfast (helping to stabilise your blood-sugar first thing in the morning), snack or even dessert!