I’ve just joined Justine’s (from Eclectic Odds & Sods), Tea Time. Her first tea time party drink is Matcha, and I have the perfect recipe! Although this is not a traditional drink that you’d serve at a tea party, it is very healthy, and one that I had actually posted on my blog when I first started.
Need a kick start to the morning? Sure, grab a hot cup of coffee to get you going. Or, if you have five minutes to spare, whip up this quick and easy smoothie. It’s packed with essential vitamins, antioxidants and…. wait for it…. even has a caffeine kick!
That’s right. Matcha powder is made from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis (the same species that Oolong, green tea, black tea and white tea come from). According to various researches, it has many health benefits, including: helps to detox the body, lowers cholesterol, contains more antioxidants than blueberries, and stimulates the immune system. It slowly releases caffeine into the bloodstream, and doesn’t give that instant kick like coffee does. Rather, it will last for a few hours.
Kiwi fruit, of course, contains vitamins A, C and E. With the change in seasons, and colder weather approaching, getting a good dose of vitamin C will help to boost your immunity. Kiwi also contains fiber, which aids in your digestion.
Do you need any more convincing to reach for a glass of delicious green fruitiness, rather than a cup of coffee in the morning?
Go on. Make this smoothie. Give your health a boost and you still get to have that kick of caffeine!
Kiwi Matcha Smoothie (gluten free, dairy free, nut free, soy free)
- 2 Kiwi fruit, peeled, cut
- 1 small banana, peeled, cut
- 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder
- 2 teaspoons of honey (or other sweetener)
- 1/2 cup (200ml) of filtered water (warm optional)
- Wash and peel fruit
- Cut up into chunks
- Place fruit into blender
- Add the water, honey and Matcha powder
- Blend on med-high for 1 minute
- Pour into a 400ml glass
- Top with your favourite spices, or a slice of kiwi fruit
- Drink and enjoy!
Here is the link to Justine’s blog: