Super Delicious Matcha Mint Chip Smoothie: The Perfect Treat For Your Taste Buds
Nothing can be more delicious and simultaneously refreshing than a smoothie. The thick but smooth consistency gives a great feeling to your lips as you take in the refreshing and wholesome goodness. And if you have the amazing health benefits of matcha thrown in, you can do your body a world of good. It’s hard to find a better option for a matcha smoothie than a mint chip matcha smoothie. It really is refreshing, giving you tons of energy in one glass. It also comes with the health benefits of the matcha superfood.
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Matcha is More than Just Healthy, it’s Essential
Now let’s dwell on the advantages of matcha for a minute. Jared and Christie from Epic Matcha mention these health benefits of matcha before telling us about their paleo matcha mint chip smoothie recipe. Matcha has a high antioxidant level and can lower the risk of various health conditions, such as heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes.
Then you have a host of cancers it can potentially keep you from:
- Colon cancer
- Prostate cancer
- Stomach cancer
- Breast cancer
- Throat cancer
And that’s not the end of it. A particular compound found in matcha tea powder can even reduce deposits from forming in the brain which can cause Alzheimer’s disease! Stunned? There’s more to come.
Detoxifies Your Body, Builds Up Fitness
Matcha tea also detoxifies your body, boosts your immunity, helps lower your cholesterol levels and stabilizes blood sugar. Matcha can also de-stress your body since it contains the all-important stress buster L-theanine. Now when L-theanine gets into your body, it helps produce serotonin and dopamine chemicals in your brain that enable you to improve your memory and mood and, above all, relax. You can also improve your fitness by burning calories with matcha powder. Consuming matcha before your workout can help boost your metabolism. The catechins present in matcha assist in burning fat around four times faster than is normally possible. Matcha can also slow down the aging process too, making you look younger for longer. Your skin looks younger since it strikes at those free radicals that make your skin appear older.
Benefits of Mint
Peppermint has the ability to refresh and add fragrance to soaps, mouthwashes, toothpaste and cosmetics, and flavor to foods including teas. This hybrid of spearmint and watermint gives a cooling sensation to the body. It has also been shown to be beneficial for alleviating nausea, IBS (irritable bowel syndrome), headache, flu, cold and some skin conditions. It can aid in digestion as well, though for some individuals it could cause heartburn and headaches.
Paleo Matcha Mint Chip Smoothie
Now that you’ve been fully saturated with the health benefits of matcha and mint, let’s delve straight into the recipe. We are going to check out the paleo matcha mint chip smoothie. Being a paleo dish, it is free from any dairy products. Let’s check the ingredients for one serving. You need:
- A cup of coconut milk unsweetened
- Half a cup of ice
- A teaspoon of matcha green tea powder
- Half a teaspoon of pure vanilla extract
- A tablespoon of pure maple syrup
- A quarter teaspoon of peppermint extract or 2 tablespoons of peppermint leaves
- A tablespoon of cacao nibs or chocolate chips
Here’s how you do it. It’s quite easy and fast. Just add all the ingredients except the chocolate chips in the blender, and keep blending till the contents get smooth. Then, add the cacao nibs or chocolate chips and pulse one or two times. Your smoothie is ready.
Customize Your Matcha Mint Chip Smoothie
If you want to spruce up your matcha mint chip smoothie, Kelly of Primally Inspired suggests adding a teaspoon of maca powder, a cup of greens such as kale or spinach, half a teaspoon of spirulina, a tablespoon of collagen, or half an avocado.Maca improves the body’s hormone balance and boosts libido. Kale and spinach are powerhouses of minerals and vitamins. Though you may not like their taste, you wouldn’t feel them when they’re blended in your smoothie. So you experience the health benefits without having to endure the taste.
- Spirulina detoxifies your body and boosts your immune system.
- Collagen helps improve the health of your nails, skin, and hair.
- Avocado gives your body healthy fats to get your metabolism boosted. It also makes the smoothie creamier.
Yet another Matcha Mint Chip Variant
Now we move on to a slightly different variant of the matcha mint chip recipe by Juice Generation. Here you have the same ingredients as for the paleo matcha mint chip smoothie, but with the exception of the vanilla extract and maple syrup. The new ingredients are dates, frozen coconut milk along with the un-frozen one, banana, coconut meat, and moringa. Blend the ingredients till they’re smooth, and this sweet and refreshing drink is ready for consumption.
Matcha Mint Chip Smoothie Bowl
Now let’s look at yet another variation – matcha mint chip smoothie bowl, by Glow Flow Chefs. For this you need a cup of coconut water, a quarter of an avocado, 2 dates, 2 tablespoons of chia seeds, a tablespoon of matcha latte blend, a tablespoon of coconut oil, a quarter teaspoon of spirulina powder, 1/8 teaspoon of peppermint oil, a quarter teaspoon of sea salt, half a cup of ice, and a tablespoon of cacao nibs. Blend all the ingredients, except the cacao nibs, till the mixture gets smooth. Add the cacao nibs at the end. I hope these refreshing matcha and mint smoothie recipes make your summer more energizing and fulfilling. Strengthen your body, refresh your senses, protect yourself from various illnesses and relax with these really simple and quick recipes. And as you’ve seen, there are many modifications you can make while keeping the basic recipe ingredients.
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