Oh matcha, matcha, matcha. I have had so much intrigue around matcha green tea powder for the past few years. I love cruising food blogs in my “spare” time (that word truly deserves air quotes at this point in my life) and matcha comes up here and there in various forms; smoothies, teas, desserts, etc.
It is basically green tea leaves grown slightly differently (covered in shade the last 20-30 days before harvesting). After harvesting the entire leaf is then ground up into a fine powder. So, instead of consuming just the water that the leaves have steeped in like regular green tea, you consume the entire leaf. Because of this, whatever you are making with the powder is more nutrient dense than simply drinking the brewed tea. So up my alley.
I recently was shopping and found organic matcha on a great sale, so I decided to give it a try and I’m so glad I did. Drinking a cup of matcha is drinking a cup of green tea with the flavor amplified. It pairs beautifully with ginger and lemon.
When I do need an afternoon boost to my energy, I make this smoothie. Matcha tea for the a little boost, avocado for the fat, ginger and lemon to help any digestion post-lunch. It’s really quite perfect. I enjoy coffee in the morning (with coconut oil as a dairy-free replacement for cream or half-and-half), but this would be a great substitute for that as well. The caffeine level is greater than a typical cut of green tea, so I wouldn’t enjoy it after 1 or 2 pm if you’re sensitive.
Matcha Green Tea and Ginger Smoothie
- 1 cup warm water
- 1 1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder can substitute with two green tea bags
- 1/2 avocado
- handful of spinach
- 1/4 cup almond milk or coconut milk
- 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger or 3/4 - 1 teaspoon dried ginger
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- pinch of sea salt
- handful of ice
Dissolve the matcha green tea powder (or place tea bags) in the warm water. Allow the water to cool for 3-5 minutes.
Place all ingredients (including green tea) into a high-speed blender and mix until smooth. Add sweetener of choice, if desired, but it's not necessary.
Ginger – Buy fresh if you can. It not only tastes better but is higher in its healthy constituents. Also, most of what makes ginger beneficial to your health lies right under the skin. Use a teaspoon to remove the skin and remove as little as necessary.
Matcha Green Tea Powder – VERY important to buy organic on this one and for tea in general. Tea is grown with heavy pesticide use. Better for you, better for the planet. Matcha has wonderful health benefits – polyphenols for joint health and bone health and antioxidants for immune support.