Waking up in the morning can be a real challenge, but the jolt you get from sipping on coffee can leave you crashing a few hours later. And that’s where green tea comes in: A matcha smoothie will provide you with caffeine and what people call an “alert calm” because it contains L-theanine, a substance that actually reduces anxiety without putting you to sleep. (By the way, you’re getting more of them because you’re drinking green tea leaves ground into powder instead of just water infused with tea leaves.)
We could go on about matcha’s health benefits all day. In addition to feeling more alert—and hopefully more productive—you’re also taking in vitamins and minerals and a ton of antioxidants. Matcha contains one antioxidant in particular called polyphenol, which has been linked to both the prevention of heart disease and cancer, a reduction in blood pressure, and even a boost in your immune system. So whether you decide to have your matcha smoothie for breakfast or later as a midday snack, here are six delectable options you can make in no time at all.
Protein-Packed Matcha Smoothie
Peanut butter fans, rejoice—this recipe is for you. Kale, pineapple, banana, and your favorite nut butter amp up this matcha smoothie recipe. If you want additional health benefits, add a spoonful of spirulina when you add your almond milk. Serve over ice if you like it chillier—and store the extras in your fridge for up to two days.
Matcha Green Smoothie Bowl
Did you think we weren’t going to include a smoothie bowl? This gorgeous version from Minimalist Baker is a perfect breakfast option that’ll keep you full until lunchtime. Simply mix the matcha with frozen bananas, coconut milk, and kale in the blender until smooth. Top with coconut flakes, almonds, berries—you name it.
Strawberry Banana Smoothie With Matcha Powder
This matcha smoothie is unquestionably the fruitiest of the bunch, and we’re not complaining. And did we mention you only need four ingredients, and you can keep them all in the house since the fruit can be frozen? A peeled banana gets mixed with chopped frozen strawberries, milk, and a teaspoon of matcha powder. Blend until combined, and don’t forget to snap a photo since the pink and green hues are so pretty.
Vanilla Almond Matcha Chocolate Lava Shake
Matcha smoothies work really well as a dessert, too. The base comes from frozen bananas, coconut cream, dates, and avocado (plus a dash of vanilla syrup). And to sweeten it up, there’s chocolate lava made of cocoa, honey, coconut milk, and dark chocolate to taste.
Vegan Green Tea Latte Recipe
This oh-so-delicious green tea latte recipe can be whipped up in three minutes flat. Begin by dissolving your matcha powder in hot water; then add your favorite nondairy milk, organic maple syrup, vanilla extract, and coconut oil to your blender. If you’d like, throw in some collagen protein, too (but you’ll be glowing with or without it).
Coconut Vanilla Matcha Smoothie
This recipe is a winner, especially if you’re a fan of coconut. It calls for light coconut milk and unsweetened shredded coconut so you almost feel like you’re on island time. Blend the ingredients with cooking-grade matcha, vanilla extract, banana, ice, agave nectar, and frozen pineapple. Make a big batch since it keeps for a few days in the fridge.
Now that you know all about matcha’s health benefits, it may be worth swapping one of these smoothies for coffee once in a while.
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