Matcha March Smoothie
By Kim Mimeles, Greens Girl Nutrition & Health Coaching
March always seems to be flooded with a single hue: lime-green grass, chartreuse buds blanketing the trees, emerald-colored beers… You get the idea. It also happens to be the perfect month to check in with your health goals for the year, and maybe hit reset if you’ve strayed away from your plan of action. How perfect, then, that Greens Girl, Kimberly Mimeles, recently sent us a smoothie recipe with a key ingredient that makes it distinctively–you guessed it–green. Give her recipe a shot if you need a springtime boost, a St. Patty’s Day snack for the kiddos, or simply want a glass of something refreshing…
This smoothie is really more of a green drink–it’s juicy, not thick. It isn’t overwhelming in flavor, but packs a serious punch in terms of nutrition. It has turmeric, which is a powerful anti-cancer, antioxidant, and antibacterial flavonoid. It also uses chia seeds, which prolong hydration, promote endurance and recovery, and help to retain electrolytes.
The star ingredient here, though, is Matcha!
Check out all of Matcha's benefits:
Boosts metabolism and burns fat
Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
Helps remove chemicals from the body
Nourishes the skin
Matcha has a total antioxidant rating of 1300 units per gram (pomegranate has 105 and blueberries have 9). 60% of its antioxidants come from EGcg - a catechin widely known for it’s cancer fighting properties. Matcha has over 100 times more EGcg than any other kind of tea.
All the more reason to drink up!
Don’t worry about the seemingly long list of ingredients, it comes together in a couple of minutes. Also, if measuring everything becomes mundane, just guess! You can always add a little more of this or that to get it just right.
1.5 cups - filtered water
1 cup - coconut milk
1.5 cups - spinach, packed 1.5
1 leaves - kale
.5 " piece - fresh ginger, peeled
.5 piece - fresh turmeric, peeled
1 tablespoon - chia seeds
.25 teaspoon - matcha
1-2 - dates, or sweetener of choice
.5 - minneola tangelo or your favorite citrus
4 - strawberries
.25 cups - blueberries
1. Collect all of the ingredients and wash the fruits/vegetables.
2. Add the liquids and chia seeds to the blender first, to allow the seeds to soak up some liquid–they are most beneficial to your body this way.
3. Toss in the lighter ingredients: kale, spinach and Matcha, then the ginger and turmeric.
4. Then add the heavier ingredients: citrus, strawberries, blueberries, dates and ice.
5. Blend for about one minute.
6. Pour and enjoy!
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