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Matcha Mint Smoothie

August 26, 2017
Matcha Smoothie Ingredients

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We Love This Green Smoothie So Matcha!

What do you drink to keep your body fueled and ready to go when your life is full of work, long commutes, staying active. motherhood and everything in between? Our new go to drink is this this Matcha Mint Smoothie. Not only is it refreshing, but it’s contains the superfood Matcha tea.

Why is Matcha Green Tea so Good for You?

ENERGY BOOST

Matcha tea has twice as much caffeine as regular green tea. However, that’s not the only reason that Matcha tea provides energy. There is the naturally occurring amino acid L-theanine, which relieves stress, promotes relaxation without drowsiness, and improves cognition and attention.

MOOD & MIND ENHANCER

As mentioned above, Matcha contains L-theanine, which helps improve our mood, enhance memory and increase our ability to concentrate. The presence of L-theanine ensures that our mind stays sharp when we need to, and helps us unwind when we don’t.

DETOXIFY

Matcha tea has an intense green color due to Chlorophyll. Chlorophyll is a natural detoxifier, which helps flush heavy metals and other toxins from the body.

STRENGTHENS IMMUNITY

The catechins in matcha tea contain antibiotic properties that boost the immune system. In addition, matcha also contains a number of essential vitamins including calcium, iron, potassium, protein and vitamins A and C.

COMBATS AGING

Catechins are also known to help slow down the aging process by combating oxidation and inflammation. Plus the potent antioxidants contained in matcha may also protect the brain from the progressive deterioration accompanying dementia.

FIGHTS CANCER

The most potent catechin found in matcha is epigallocatechin (EGCg), which makes up 60% of all catechins in matcha tea. This powerful anti-carcinogen is well known for its cancer-fighting properties and has been associated with reducing the risk of skin, esophagus, stomach, colon, pancreatic, lung, bladder, prostate and breast cancer.

BOOSTS METABOLISM

Drinking matcha tea before a workout has been shown to boost thermogenesis and our body’s metabolism, increasing fat burning potential by 25%.

LOWERS CHOLESTROL

Studies have shown that populations who consume matcha green tea regularly have found a significant decrease in cholesterol-induced problems. This is believed to be a result of matcha tea containing lower levels of LDL (bad) cholesterol and higher levels of HDL (good) cholesterol.

 

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Mint Matcha Smoothie Recipe

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cups of almond milk
  • 3 pitted dates
  • 1 handful spinach
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 frozen banana
  • 2 teaspoons Matcha Green Powder
  • 5 mint leaves

Directions

  • Place all ingredients into a blender.
  • Blend until smooth.
  • Pour into a glass, serve immediately, and enjoy!

Yield 1 serving

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Recipe Friday – Hydrating, Detoxifying, Refreshing!

June 24, 2016

Watermelon-Coconut-Lime Refresher & Watermelon-Strawberry Salad

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The first days of summer started with a heat wave and keeping hydrated became quite a challenge! It seemed natural to combine our favorite summer fruits; watermelon, strawberries, lime with coconut water superfood for the extra hydration needed. The watermelon-coconut-lime refresher and watermelon-strawberry salad are both so simple to make and the yet so healthy too!

Did you know that a well functioning renal system is important to keep your body in balance? With weak kidneys, your body can become prone to imbalances like high blood pressure,  thin skin, low back pain, loss of balance, and bladder issues. Hydration is important to strengthen the renal system and drinking and eating foods high in water content can help you stay hydrated. Both watermelon and strawberries have 92% water content. Watermelon and Coconut water are both alkalizing, cleansing and nourishing. We couldn’t seem to drink or eat enough of these foods over this past week and wanted to share our watermelon-coconut obsession with you.

Watermelon Benefits: High in antioxidants, vitamins and electrolytes, watermelon helps to cleanse the kidneys and helps the liver to process ammonia. The high Vitamin C and Vitamin A content helps to boost the body’s immunity and protect the skin and eyes and also helps to regulate PH levels, improves digestion and fights cancer.

Coconut Water Benefits: Coconut water is a true superfood and drinking 12 oz a day can help almost all of your body’s functions. It acts as a natural diuretic, aids kidney function, balances sugar levels, relieves constipation, boosts the immune system, prevents cancer, aids in hair growth, boosts energy levels, provides trace elements, balances hormones and feeds friendly bacteria in the gut. Make sure to use fresh coconut water from green coconuts or buy high quality coconut water! We love Harmless Harvest Coconut Water!

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These 2 recipes below are both so healthy and taste fantastic! The flavors just blend together so well. We hope you enjoy both of them as much as we did!

Watermelon-Coconut-Lime Refresher

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1 lime peeled
  • Sparkling Water (optional)
Method:
Place the watermelon in a blender with the coconut water and lime. Blend on high speed until smooth.

 

Watermelon-Strawberry Salad

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cubed watermelon
  • 1 cup strawberries
  • Feta Cheese (optional)
  • Fresh Mint
Method:
Place all ingredients in a bowl and mix together.
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