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