Matcha has gained lots of kudos in popularity for the last few years and its now not unusual to see Matcha Lattés and even shots in coffee shops and it's also appearing in everything from ice cream to skincare and many recipes are using this once out of reach ingredients.
In many way, Matcha is very similar to green tea. It comes from the same plant but it's grown differently an therefore its nutritional profile (and in turns benefits) differs.
The tea leave are kept in the dark and this is where to tea gets its boosted nutritional profile. Once picked the leaves are dried and then ground into a fine powder.
A few benefits associated with Matcha Green Tea
- Matcha contains higher amount of chlorophyll which has a stimulating effect on the immune system and energy level throughout the body
- High levels of antioxidants, which may reduce cell damage
- Some studies have found that Matcha may help protect your liver
- and many (and I mean MANY) more.
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1 handful of frozen courgettes
- 1 handful of spinach
- 1 scoop of protein (vegan or otherwise) unflavoured
- 1-2 teaspoons of Matcha Green Tea (I used Kiki Health Organic Matcha Powder)
- 1 cup almond milk (or coconut milk)
Topping: puffed white/brown rice and cacao nibs
- Put all of the ingredients in your blender and mix until smooth
- At this point you can add more water if too thick
- Top with a handful of the topping of your choice.