Green Tea (and a Berry Smoothie)

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Green Tea Matcha Powder that I bought in Fomentera

I gave up coffee a little over a year ago. Although it was the right decision to make for myself, it may not be the way forward for everyone. I will go into the pros and cons of the java lovin’ at a later date, but for now, I would like to talk about green tea.

Once I gave up coffee, I knew that I would require some type of substitute (mentally and physically) for the habit that had been a part of my daily life for nearly 20 years. I had heard about the amazing properties of green tea, combined with the fact that it is readily and internationally available in numerous forms and varieties, I knew that it was time to begin introducing it (in moderate doses) into my diet.

Here is a recipe for a yummy berry smoothie with green matcha tea powder that is the perfect morning or mid-afternoon pick-me-up.

Additionally, I have listed a number of the beneficial dietary aspects of green tea.

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My smoothie and my little smoothie thief at it again…

Green Tea Berry Smoothie

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup organic or homemade unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ ripe banana
  • 1 handful blackberries
  • 1 handful blueberries
  • 1 tsp organic matcha green tea powder
  • 1 ½ tbsp manuka honey (or 2 dates or agave or maple syrup)

Instructions:

  • Blend, serve and enjoy!

 

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Photo cred: myjapanesegreentea.com

 

*Green Tea Benefits:

  • Contains bioactive compounds that can improve health
  • Improves brain function
  • Increases fat burning
  • Improves physical performance
  • Full of antioxidants (which may lower certain types of cancer risks)
  • Improves dental health
  • Lowers risk of infection
  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Protects brain health
  • Reduces mortality, including deaths due to cardiovascular diseases

For further information on green tea:

http://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea/

http://www.lifehack.org/articles/lifestyle/11-benefits-of-green-tea-that-you-didnt-know-about.html

http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/04/23/green-tea-dementia.aspx

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/269538.php

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