Matcha is a Japanese powdered green tea preparation that promotes detoxification in many ways. Along with other green teas, it mobilizes fat metabolism and helps eliminate toxins stored in adipose tissue. Green tea also contains polyphenols, like flavonoids and catechins that combat oxidative stress and kill cancer cells. In case you need one more reason to drink green tea, it is also good for the brain - tea drinkers have lower incidence of dementia-related disorders and age-related cognitive decline. Sold yet?
You get more benefits from drinking matcha than other green teas simply because you actually consume the tea leaves...with all these beneficial compounds. Here's one way to enjoy green tea in a delicious, detoxifying green smoothie recipe:
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup milk, non-dairy beverage or coconut water
- 2 heaping teaspoons matcha green tea
- 4 kale leaves
- 1 ripe pear or 1 cup frozen peaches
- 1/2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
- 1 tablespoon freshly ground flaxseed
- handful of ice
- Feeling brave? Add 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric!
Pour your bright green concoction in a mason jar and take it to the office with a smug look on your face to enjoy in front of all your jealous colleagues...or make some extra to share!
Jesse Haas, CNS, LN is a licensed functional nutritionist and certified health coach. She was a founding partner of Wellness Minneapolis and was an active practitioner with the clinic from 2014-2022. To connect with her regarding functional nutrition and health coaching services, please follow this link.