Matcha is a special type of green tea. With a typical green tea, the leaves are infused in hot water to make a tea, and then the leaves or tea bag is thrown out. Not the case with matcha! The green tea leaves are ground finely and then added to hot water to consume. Drinking the tea leaves, instead of discarding them, makes this concoction particularly potent. Trader Joe’s sells single serve packets of this potent powder, so head there to stock your pantry (and your freezer with frozen fruit while you’re at it!).

 

 matcha

Matcha is rich in the type of antioxidants that protect against heart disease and cancer, contribute to better blood sugar regulation, reduce blood pressure and slow down the aging clock. Some research even shows it can boost metabolism and slow the growth of cancer cells. Plus, it’ll perk you up thanks to the caffeine, so it's perfect for a morning smoothie like this.

 matcha green tea power protein smoothie

What you need:

  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 serve of vanilla protein powder (we used Motiv-8 Vanilla Cake flavor)
  •  ½ cup spinach
  • 1 teaspoon of matcha powder

ingredients for matcha green tea

 

What you do:

Add ingredients to a blender in order listed above, blend, and enjoy!

matcha green tea blending