Hey sweet friends! Happy Wednesday.
I am sharing this new matcha smoothie recipe today because it’s my new obsession. It’s so delicious that I am certain I will be drinking it daily, and it’s loaded with healthy ingredients, so I want you to know about it too!
I am putting together a very low key recipe book for my little loves with their absolute favorite things. This is the first one to go into PJ’s section. He drinks this with me every day and says, “mmmm!” after each sip. I can’t express how much gratitude these little moments bring me.
We are fortunate to live in a country with abundant spice shops. I no longer buy my spices pre-ground, and buy them fresh and whole and grind them myself! While I was picking up some cinnamon sticks and pistachios, these beautiful vanilla beans caught my eye and I knew I had to make homemade vanilla extract. While that is in the works, I decided to save a few beans to add some flavor to our smoothies, and it was game-changing. Now I will always have fresh vanilla beans on hand for our mid-morning smoothie ritual.
Let’s talk about the powerful ingredients in this smoothie!
Matcha is loaded with EGCG and other polyphenols. EGCG is shown to boost metabolism and halt the growth of cancer cells. Matcha also contains antioxidants that are tied to protection against heart disease and cancer, as well as better blood sugar regulation, blood pressure reduction, and anti-aging. This is why we drink one serving daily! Matcha does contain some caffeine, so we drink it early in the day.
2) Vanilla beans:
Fresh vanilla offers a beautiful complimentary taste to this matcha smoothie, but it is also high in antioxidants and is a good source of B-vitamins like niacin, thiamin, Vitamin B6 and pantothenic acid. This combination plays an important role in the maintenance of healthy skin and nails. This smoothie can protect you against damage caused by environmental toxins.
Collagen is the protein that provides structural support in connective tissue, muscle, and skin. It is well known in the wellness and beauty industries as being an important tool for promoting skin elasticity and improving joint and bone health. I am looking closely at my skin for the next eight weeks to see if this smoothie does improve the way my complexion looks! I look forward to reporting back with an update.
4) Chia seeds:
I add these little magical seeds to everything I can! They are extremely nutrient-dense, packed with fiber, and even contain a decent amount of protein, keeping me full well into the afternoon!
We also include some plant-based milk and have found almond to be extremely delicious in this smoothie. I had been sweetening ours with one banana, but today when I saw we didn’t have any, I added six dates instead. I actually preferred the dates with the vanilla and almond milk, and that will be my new sweetener of choice!
I know you will love this recipe so much you will want to include it into your daily rituals just as much as we did! If you are vegan, feel free to remove the collagen!
- 1 banana or 6 dates
- 1 tablespoon matcha powder
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 tablespoon collagen powder
- 1/2 one vanilla bean
- 1/2 cup plant based milk of choice
- Add all ingredients into your blender except vanilla bean
- Slice open your vanilla bean, and using a knife or spoon scrape out your seeds into the smoothie.
- Add ice and blend
Yield:1 16 oz smoothie
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 217Carbohydrates: 30g