While a lot of green smoothie recipes on the web advertise green tea as an active ingredient that helps boost energy, it so happens that matcha green tea powder is an increasingly popular ingredient to add to smoothies for its metabolism-boosting and fat-burning properties. Studies have shown that regular consumption of green tea matcha powder may lead to a whole range of well-studied health benefits, making it not only an easy addition but an essential ingredient to your smoothies.
Is there a difference in adding matcha powder or green tea to a smoothie recipe?
Some also wonder if you can make a green tea smoothie without matcha, the reality is that these ‘should be’ considered one and the same. Matcha is a specific type of Green tea produced in Japan according to strict cultivation and harvest techniques.
If green tea powder isn’t matcha, then it’s generally bitter and unpalatable. That’s why if you’re looking to make a matcha green tea smoothie, a premium quality (e.g. Morning Ritual matcha) is recommended for a savory, delicious, and zen-like focused experience. Ideally, you want to opt for a quality matcha powder for your smoothie.
The health benefits of adding matcha green tea powder to smoothies
Plus, a high quality matcha powder is more potent in antioxidants and metabolism boosting nutrients. That’s a big bonus for those of us choosing their fat burning smoothie carefully.
If you’re looking to boost your metabolism for weight loss, the latest green tea research emphasizes how a green tea fat burning smoothie could help weight.
Below is a recipe for a daily smoothie to take your health to the next level. But first, some frequent matcha smoothie questions:
Frequently Asked Questions of Matcha Smoothies
“Can I add matcha to my smoothie?”
Matcha green tea health benefits are powerful and widely regarded as safe. If you already have a daily smoothie, adding matcha to it is one of the easiest ways to improve nutrition and energy.
“Is matcha and green tea the same?”
Yes and no. Yes, they are both from the green tea plant, but you would not want powdered green tea unless it’s been specially grown (in Japan!) to be stone-ground into a matcha powder. Otherwise expect unsavory bitterness and other drawbacks.
“Where to get matcha for smoothies?”
While you may find a decent quality of matcha at your local Asian market, be cautious that the options available are in fact from Japan (preferably Uji, Japan). Matcha is a labor of love that only Japan can do best, so be cautious of low price points which sacrifice one or all of authenticity, quality, and health properties.
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Alright let’s get started. Whether you’re looking to optimize your protein shake for weight loss, or start from scratch with a daily matcha smoothie, matcha powder is an easy addition with tons of health benefits to choose from.
Here we’ll show how to add matcha to a green tea smoothie:
Time to make: 4min
Matcha Smoothie Ingredients:
- 1-¼ cups Frozen Banana Slices (about 2 bananas)
- 1.5-2 tsp Japanese Stone-ground Matcha
- ¾ cup Cashew Milk (or similar)
- ½ tsp vanilla extract
- 1 tsp Chia or Flax (optional)
- 1 cup Spinach
- 1-2 Ice Cubes for desired consistency
Matcha Smoothie Instructions
- Blend all ingredients (except Ice Cubes) at once until creamy
- If needed, add Ice Cubes to reach desired consistency and finish blending
The bottom line : Choose the Best Green Tea Smoothie using Matcha Powder
So is matcha in a smoothie good for weight loss? The research supports adding matcha to your smoothies as a potentially effective tool for weight loss for several reasons. It may help support a healthy metabolism, curb your appetite, and can be low in calories. Oh, and did we mention downright delicious too?
Anyone can enjoy this matcha tea smoothie recipe! It’s adaptable, easily interchangeable with your preferred ingredients, and can be multiplied to make more than one serving.
Best of all, you don’t have to be focused only on weight loss to enjoy a green tea matcha smoothie. It’s a nutritious drink for anyone, but it does happen to be a convenient way to boost an existing daily smoothie routine, and even possibly to optimize your metabolism and energy expenditure as well.
Ultimately, we say yes to the extra kick of caffeine, and the calming, focusing amino acids in matcha (see L-theanine) which make it a unique coffee replacement – and an ideal ingredient in protein drinks and virtually any smoothie. That’s just scratching the surface of the benefits of matcha.
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See other Matcha Recipes:
- Breakfast Matcha Recipes
- Dr. Weil's Golden Milk Matcha Latte
- The Perfect Iced Matcha Latte Recipe
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