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This is a very meaningful post for me.  I was properly introduced to matcha in Kyoto by the young Japanese "stranger" I wrote about in my blog, "Discovering the Power of Human Connection in the Strangest Places".  She helped me purchase all the beautiful pieces in the photo.  Every time I make green tea, I think of her.  And this matcha smoothie happens to be super healthy & delicious, too!

Matcha is made by grinding high quality nutrient-rich green tea leaves into a fine powder.  It is absolutely loaded with inflammation and disease-fighting compounds 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.

For 2 servings, blend together until smooth:

  • 2 cups unsweetened almond or other nondairy milk (I like to use my Almond Cow to make homemade plant-based milk)

  • 1/2 ripe avocado or a small handful frozen avocado chunks

  • 1 frozen banana (or 1 cup steamed-then-frozen cauliflower for low-carb option)

  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds

  • 1 to 2 tsp high-grade matcha powder

  • 1/4 to 1/2 tsp chlorella powder (optional)

  • optional 1 scoop Nuzest Clean Lean vanilla or natural protein powder

  • optional Lakanto monkfruit sweetener or sweetener of choice, adjusted to taste