Matcha Green Tea

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To have coffee or to not, that is the question.

I get asked this question way too often – do I sip on espresso, drink lattes or hit up Starbucks? Needless to say, I have not touched any sort of coffee in about 6 months & even before that I rarely had daily doses of coffee.

What do I have to wake me up you ask? Welp, my fave thing in the morning is to have 2 teaspoons of Matcha green tea mixed with a bit of water before my workout. If I don’t work out or if I need an extra boost in the afternoon I will add 1-2t matcha to my GGS or berry smoothie. I even made matcha green tea chia pudding with it, yum!  It has such a mild flavor so whether mixing with water or adding to a smoothie you can barely taste.

Let me list the benefits of this power powder:

  • Nutrients & Antioxidants – Matcha contains 10-15x the overall nutrients & has 100x more antioxidants compared to traditional green/white/black/rooibos & yerba mate teas. These antioxidants  help strengthen the immune system by protecting against free radicals. (Coffee does not have those benefits backing it.)
  • Mood – Matcha has high concentrations of L-theanine (an amino acid) that helps improve mood while reducing physical & mental stress. (Coffee on the other hand typically gives the body jitters.)
  • Alkalize & Detoxify – Matcha contains catechin EGCG and chlorophyll which help to alkalize and detoxify the blood (unlike coffee).
  • Non Addictive – Matcha has much less caffeiene then coffee, which is released slowly into the bloodstream so that the adrenaline & cortisol are not spiked (like in coffee, which causes addiction).

So screw waking up every morning & turning on the coffee pot. Try matcha green tea!

Glowing Green Smoothie

_MG_2050Okay, I have to admit it – when I read the ingredient list to the Glowing Green Smoothie I was a tad skeptical!  However, I sipped this down so fast & can’t wait to make it again and again! The banana gives it a creamy consistency & the apple and pear really brings tartness to the smoothie! Try it out, I do not think you will be disappointed in how yummy this actually is, despite being SOOO healthy!

  1. Chop up: 1 head of romaine, 3 celery stalks, 1 apple & 1 pear
  2. In a Vitamix (or blender) add: 1.5C water, romaine, 1/2C spinach, celery, apple, pear, 1 banana & the juice from 1/2 a fresh lemon
  3. Blend until smooth.

Now pour yourself a huge glass & enjoy! I had mine for breakfast, but no matter what time you have this treat you will be pumped full of energy & ready to go!

PS. This freezes, so just put in tupperware & defrost the night before OR the smoothie will last in the fridge covered for up to 2.5 days!

Nutritional Info Per Serving (Serves 2): 215 calories – 1 gram of fat – 55 carbs – 5 grams of protein

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