Afternoon slumps require a little extra boost of energy, amiright? This Matcha Blueberry Smoothie delivers a burst of energy and tons of antioxidants to get you going!
Before we get to the recipe, let’s go over how freaking good these ingredients are and the wonderful ways they benefit your body. I like to think of this smoothie as an antioxidant boost: supporting healthier looking skin, combating free radical cells that turn into cancer, and reversing the aging effects of UV rays.
Blueberries: Blueberries are one of the highest antioxident foods in the world and much more affordable shall we say than the créme de la créme of these foods. I do love acai and Goji berries, but they can get expensive! We all have crazy cells that get out funk sometimes, so antioxidants are super important to keep aging and cancer causing cells at bay. Upon researching blueberries health benefits, I also found they contain a good amount of Gallic acid, which acts as an antifungal/antiviral agent. The natural soluble and insoluble fiber helps keep digestion regular, and who doesn’t want that?!
Matcha Tea: Again, another super rich antioxidants! One amino acid in Matcha, L-Theanine delivers most of the benefits, which helps to increase the alpha waves in your brain, leading to a heightened sense of calm and production of serotonin and dopamine. #sorrynotsorry for my geeky science talk, but serotonin is HUGE in the mental health world and when imbalanced in the brain, is one of the factors leading to depression. In addition to balancing our mood, they also increase memory and concentration. Stay alert and calm with matcha!
Cinnamon: A little zing for the smoothie, but small amounts can do wonders for your body. “As little as 1/2 of one teaspoon of cinnamon daily can have positive effects on blood sugar levels, digestion, immunity, and more. However stronger doses are also extremely beneficial for improving heart disease risk and cutting risk your for diabetes, cancer, and neuro-degenerative diseases.” (Health Benefits of Cinnamon by Dr. Axe)
Chia Seeds: One of the most nutritious foods on the planet! Chia seeds are an excellent source of vegan protein, loaded with Omega-3s and fiber to keep ya regular.
Soooo…Are you noticing a trend in the ingredients? Antioxidants and digestive regularity!
Check out the recipe below!
Matcha Blueberry Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1/2 cup blueberries, frozen
- 1 banana
- 1/2 tsp Matcha powder
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp cocoa powder
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
Blend on high, enjoy! If the mixture is too thick for your preference, add more almond milk.