Ok, we all know I am a sucker for the cheesy recipe names. But whatever you wanna call it, this is one dreamy & creamy matcha avocado smoothie bowl. It’s low in sugar but packed with all the goods — leafy greens, probiotics, fibre, collagen/protein, and healthy fats!
I love to have the occasional fruit-free, keto-friendly smoothie. However, if you prefer, you can also add frozen banana and make this into an avocado matcha nice cream.
Get Some Matcha Magic
Matcha is made by grinding high quality nutrient-rich green tea leaves into a fine powder. It has a beautiful green colour and a unique, complex taste with a balance of naturally sweet, malty, bitter and earthy vegetal notes. It is packed with anti-inflammatory, detoxifying, disease-fighting phytochemicals including the subgroup of antioxidants called catechins. One particular catechin, EGCg, is widely recognized for its anti-cancer properties. Matcha is also used to induce a sense of calm while simultaneously boosting energy, concentration, memory and metabolism. How great that something so tasty can help bring the zen AND promote healthy weight control!
Avocado is a relatively unique fruit in that it is low in carbohydrate (most of which is fibre!) but high in healthy monounsaturated fat.
Avocados are incredibly nutritious and contain powerful disease-fighting antioxidants like lutein & zeaxanthin along with a wide range of vitamins & minerals, including vitamin K, folate, and potassium. Research suggests that avocado consumption may help to lower cholesterol levels, relieve arthritis symptoms, promote eye health and healthy blood pressure, and even reduce the risk of certain cancers. And individuals looking to lose weight should not shy away from avocado. The healthy fats and fibre turn off the body's hunger cues, stabilize blood sugar, and help you to feel full and satisfied.
Along with these amazing health benefits, avocado has a lovely creamy texture and mild taste that seems to go with just about anything! Search “avocado” on this site to find other healthy and delicious recipes.
Crazy for Collagen
Collagen is a natural protein found predominantly in skin, bones, joints and ligaments as well as the digestive tract. Unfortunately, as we age, our bodies produce less and lower-quality collagen. This contributes to the wrinkles, joint problems and reduction in bone density and metabolism that many of us have already started to experience! Adequate collagen is also necessary to balance the gut microbiome and maintain a healthy digestive tract.
To help our bodies make collagen, we must first ensure an adequate intake of the amino acid building blocks. Good food sources include grass-fed gelatin, bone broth, eggs, and white fish such as cod. Vegans can get the necessary amino acids from plant-based foods such as legumes (including peanuts), soy, brewer’s yeast, and spirulina. Fortunately, there are also a number of dietary collagen supplements available, such as the one used here. Studies indicate that these supplements can help reduce the visible signs of skin aging and improve joint and arthritis symptoms.
Recipe for “Green Matchic” Smoothie Bowl:
For 1 serving, blend together until smooth:
generous handful raw baby spinach
1 cup steamed-then-frozen cauliflower or frozen banana
1/2 small ripe avocado
1/2 cup unsweetened almond or nut-free milk, adjusted to desired consistency
1 packet Crushed Tonic probiotic collagen matcha flavour (see note below*)
1/4 tsp pure mint extract or one to two drops peppermint essential oils (optional)
Lakanto monkfruit sweetener, pure stevia, or sweetener of choice to taste (optional)
*Note: One packet Crushed Tonic Matcha Crush contains 10g marine collagen, 1 billion units probiotics, 1,000 mcg biotin and 2g matcha. Omit for vegan or use 1 scoop Nuzest Clean Lean natural or vanilla protein powder plus 1/2 to 1 tsp matcha powder.