Enjoy the benefits of matcha, without drinking the tea…instead, add it to this mango matcha smoothie bowl for a filling, energizing way to start your day.

Matcha is a powdered form of green tea, noted for it’s health benefits. Most notably:

Stress Reduction: Despite having a small amount of caffeine, matcha tea is calming on the body (versus coffee, which can increase your anxiety and give you the jitters). Studies show matcha tea assists in reducing physiological and psychological stress.

Antioxidant Protection: Antioxidants can protect your body from free radical damage, help reverse the effects of inflammation, and perhaps even aid in cancer prevention. Matcha tea is extremely high in antioxidants. One of the most powerful antioxidants unique to green tea is EGCG. A 2003 University of Colorado study found that drinking 1 cup of matcha green tea has 137 times the amount of antioxidant EGCG compared to a conventional cup of green tea, however other tests have suggested a more modest benefit, of only about 2-3 times the amount found in regular green tea.

Weight Loss: The same powerful antioxidant, EGCG, that may offer disease prevention, also supports a healthy metabolism, which can aid in weight loss. A 2005 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that participants who drank green tea extract daily dropped almost twice as much weight in 12 weeks as participants who didn’t.

Mango Matcha Smoothie Bowl // Image Credit: mariamarlowe.com

Here’s the recipe:

Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients:

1 cup baby spinach or butter lettuce

3 Tbsp. hemp seeds

½ cup coconut water

1 frozen banana

½ avocado

1 cup fresh or frozen mango

juice of 1 lime

2 ice cubes

1 tsp. Matcha powder

1/8 tsp. vanilla

TOPPINGS (Choose 3 favorites)

Sliced strawberries

Blueberries (fresh or frozen)

Blackberries

Diced mango

Sliced banana

Dred coconut flakes

Dried Goji Berries

Cacao Nibs

Nuts

Seeds

 

Instructions:

Place all superfood smoothie bowl ingredients in a blender, and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a bowl. Top with your favorite toppings.

 

Get the printable recipe here.

Author: Maria Marlowe is an Integrative Nutrition Health Coach who has helped thousands of people improve their health by optimizing their diet. She has created meal plans and programs to help you lose weight, clear up acne, and spend less time in the kitchen yet still eat healthy.  

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