Matcha is commonly confused with green tea, which it is, but it's so much more! Matcha is a ceremonial grade green tea, which instead of being steeped in water like most teas, the leaf is ground down into a powder and used completely. Matcha has one of the highest amounts of antioxidants per weight of any food. You would have to drink 10 cups of brewed green tea to get the number of antioxidants as in one cup of matcha tea. It has almost 17 times the amount of antioxidants than blueberries and 25 times the amount of açaí (p.s. I just posted an açaí bowl recipe).
Matcha contains a unique type of antioxidants called catechins, which is rarely found in other foods. Catechins are especially effective in fighting cancer and aid in the prevention of other diseases. Matcha can be delicious made into a latte with almond milk or blended into a smoothie or smoothie bowl.
Just a note- some matcha mixes will throw in sugar or evaporated milk products, so be sure to read the label when purchasing! Also be sure to always buy pure, organic, high-quality matcha! Here are two great products: Jade Leaf & Starter Matcha. Plus to be all fancy you can get a bamboo matcha whisk and a milk frother for your matcha lattes.
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup frozen spinach
- 1 cup frozen pineapple
- 1 tbsp matcha powder (two good brands: Jade Leaf & Starter Matcha)
- 1 cup almond milk, unsweetened
- Add all ingredients to high-speed blender and mix until thoroughly blended
- If too runny, add more frozen fruit. If too thick, add more almond milk
- Pour into chilled bowl, decorate with toppings and enjoy!
Makes 1 serving | does not include toppings
Calories: 274 | Protein: 4 grams | Fiber: 7 grams | Carbohydrates: 65 grams | Fat: 3 grams | Vitamin A: 70% RDA | Vitamin C: 162% RDA | Calcium: 51% RDA | Iron: 12% RDA