For your afternoon pick-me-up, a mango matcha smoothie is a great way to go. It will help keep you focused and energized for the rest of the day.
By Julia Mueller
Sometimes I think what everyone needs in life is just a really great smoothie. Like if we were to go back in time and hand all the megalomaniacal world leaders a smoothie, we could re-write some serious history. Everyone just chill. Drink your smoothie. Whether you’re in a frumpy mood, have a case of the Mondays, feel like your life is in shambles all because of a little low blood sugar, a smoothie can perk you up, brighten your day, or prevent some seriously damaging words said out of hunger.
I buy my matcha green tea powder over the internet, and because a little bit goes a long way, a 1-pound bag lasts me about a year. During the winter, I make matcha lattes with almond milk and honey, and enjoy adding it to my smoothies in the summer for an antioxidant and energy boost. I love the way it tastes, and I especially enjoy Green Tea Coconut Milk Ice Cream.
But first…What is matcha? It’s straight-up stoneground green tea leaves. Using this green tea powder for your smoothies, lattes, baked or raw treats, results in a higher concentration of health benefits than you’d get from steeping green tea. Increased focus and memory, enhanced mood, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, healthy cell function, and a higher immune system are just some of the many benefits of the magical powder.
- 2 ripe mangoes, peeled and chopped
- 2 ripe bananas, peeled and frozen
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 cup orange juice
- 2 teaspoons honey, optional
- 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
- Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth!
As a fitness and nutrition enthusiast, Julia writes a food blog called The Roasted Root, where she share recipes that are mostly vegetable and meat based along with stories of her travels and day-to-day activities. Julia loves enjoying fresh home cooked meals with her friends and family, and the process of developing recipes, photographing, and sharing them.