Energize your morning with this creamy mango match smoothie bowl.
I personally love to include it in my diet, as I find it helps me focus, but in a calm (not wired/jittery) way. Not to mention, all the antioxidants and metabolism-boosting benefits!
Matcha Tea Benefits
Stress Reduction: Despite having a small amount of caffeine, matcha tea is calming on the body (versus coffee, which can increase your anxiety and give you the jitters). Studies show matcha tea assists in reducing physiological and psychological stress.
Antioxidant Protection: Antioxidants can protect your body from free radical damage, help reverse the effects of inflammation, and perhaps even aid in cancer prevention. Matcha tea is extremely high in antioxidants. One of the most powerful antioxidants unique to green tea is EGCG. A 2003 University of Colorado study found that drinking 1 cup of matcha green tea has 137 times the amount of antioxidant EGCG compared to a conventional cup of green tea, however other tests have suggested a more modest benefit, of only about 2-3 times the amount found in regular green tea.
Weight Loss: The same powerful antioxidant, EGCG, that may offer disease prevention, also supports a healthy metabolism, which can aid in weight loss. A 2005 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition showed that participants who drank green tea extract daily dropped almost twice as much weight in 12 weeks as participants who didn’t.
Try this Mango Matcha Smoothie Bowl
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- Smoothie Bowl
- 1 cup baby spinach or butter lettuce
- 3 Tbsp. hemp seeds
- ½ cup coconut water or water
- 1 frozen banana
- ½ avocado
- 1 cup fresh or frozen mango
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 ice cubes
- 1 tsp. Matcha Powder
- 1/8 tsp. vanilla
- Sliced strawberries
- Blueberries (fresh or frozen)
- Diced mango
- Sliced banana
- Dried coconut flakes
- Dried Goji Berries
- Cacao Nibs
- Place all superfood smoothie bowl ingredients in a blender, and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a bowl. Top with your favorite toppings.
Maria Marlowe is a holistic nutrition and wellness coach who uses real food to help her clients improve their health, weight, and skin. She offers a healthy eating meal plan that teaches you how to batch cook, as well as one to clear up acne. She has ongoing group workshops both in NYC and online, and writes healthy and delicious plant-based recipes for her popular blog. She is also the author of the #1 New Release on Amazon, The Real Food Grocery Guide, the most practical guide to selecting the healthiest foods, without going broke, which has been praised by Dr. Oz and InStyle magazines. You can find her on instagram @mariamarlowe.