Mango Matcha Smoothie

Have you heard? Matcha is the new green juice.

Mango Matcha Smoothie - full of antioxidants!

Sometimes I think what everyone needs in life is just a really great smoothie. Like if we were to go back in time and hand all the megalomaniacal world leaders a smoothie, we could re-write some serious history. Everyone just chill. Drink your smoothie.

Whether you’re in a frumpy mood, have a case of the Mondays, feel like your life is in shambles all because of a little low blood sugar, a smoothie can perk you up, brighten your day, or prevent some seriously damaging words said out of hunger.

While I was in the Dominican Republic, I had mangoes at just about every meal. They’re a completely different animal (fruit) over there. Deep orange flesh, ripe, sweet, tangy, juicy, melt-in-your-mouth.  Since I’ve been home, I’ve been craving the foods I enjoyed in the DR, so I picked up a couple of mangoes to re-live the divine experience.

Needless to say, the mangoes I brought home from my local grocery store paled in comparison to the ones in tropical paradise, but they made for an excellent smoothie.

Mango Matcha Smoothie

In my cookbook, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, I have a similar smoothie recipe using matcha, which contains yogurt. Since I’ve had a cold, I skipped the yogurt and added some orange juice, which made for a wonderful tropical flavor.

Mango Matcha Smoothie

If you’ve been pitter pattering around The Roasted Root, you know I’m a big fan of matcha. I buy my matcha green tea powder over the internet, and because a little bit goes a long way, a 1-pound bag lasts me about a year. During the winter, I make matcha lattes with almond milk and honey, and enjoy adding it to my smoothies in the summer for an antioxidant and energy boost. I love the way it tastes, and I especially enjoy Green Tea Coconut Milk Ice Cream.

Because matcha is trending right now, I figured I’d take a hot minute to explain its health benefits (they’re a-plenty!)

But first…What is matcha? It’s straight-up stoneground green tea leaves. Using this green tea powder for your smoothies, lattes, baked or raw treats, results in a higher concentration of health benefits than you’d get from steeping green tea.

Mango Matcha Smoothie

Health Benefits of Matcha

Antioxidants: Green tea leaves are rich in antioxidants, which help rid your body of damaged cells. They protect your healthy cells from the effects of pollution, UV radiation, and tobacco smoke, helping your body stay strong. Matcha contains 7 times the amount of antioxidants in dark chocolate, 6 times the amount of antioxidants found in goji berries, and 20 times that of blueberries. One mug of matcha tea gives you an equal amount of antioxidants to ten mugs of regular green tea.

While you can get antioxidants from a variety of sources, not all antioxidants are created equal, and the antioxidants in green tea leaves are particularly healthful. Green tea leaves contain catechins, which are one of the most potent antioxidants and are particularly helpful in fighting and preventing disease and cancer.

Vitamins & Minerals: Vitamin A, B1, B2, B6, C, E, and K as well as magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, and zinc are all found in matcha.

Amino Acids: L-theanin is an amino acid that helps you feel calm, alert, and relaxed. It helps reduce stress and makes you feel happy!

Fiber: Matcha is a good source for dietary fiber and helps to relieve constipation. When you consume matcha, you’re digesting the actual green tea leaves, which give you more fiber than steeping green tea bags (or any other tea).

Increases Your Metabolism: Catechins (metions above) help oxidize fat and boosts the rate at which you burn calories. Studies show that those who drink matcha prior to exercising may burn up to 25% more fat those those who don’t.

Increases your energy level through the slow release of caffeine into your system. Instead of a sudden jolt of awakedness, you feel steadily energetic.

Mango Matcha Smoothie

What all this means:

Increased focus and memory, enhanced mood, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, healthy cell function, high immune system.

Mango Matcha Smoothie

So for your afternoon pick-me-up, a mango matcha smoothie is a great way to go! It will help keep you focused and energized for the rest of the day.

Mango Matcha Smoothie

Mango Matcha Smoothie

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
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Ingredients

  • 2 ripe mangoes peeled and chopped
  • 2 ripe bananas peeled and frozen
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey optional
  • 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder

Instructions

  1. Put it all in a blender and blend until smooth!

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Comments

    1. Julia Post author

      Oh I’m so glad to hear it, Janel!! Let me know what all you do with your matcha. I need to start baking with it pronto 😀

  1. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    “Everyone just chill. Drink your smoothie.”<<best line ever. Can you bring matcha smoothies to the middle east and solve some problems? 😉

    I'm a huge matcha fan as well and this smoothie is simply gorgeous! Speaking of DR, how about sharing some pictures, eh?

    1. Julia Post author

      I sure hope so, Sarah, I sure hope so….it’ll take a whooooooooooole lotta smoothie! Perhaps we could heli-drop smoothie? Is that going too far? Probably. Anyhoo, I’ve been slacking on even editing my DR photos (although do they reaaaaaally need editing? Probs not)…once I’m over this hand, foot, mouth, chest, eyeball cold from hell, I’ll post about it 😀

    1. Julia Post author

      Oh I’ll have to check out your blog to see if you’ve posted your matcha recipes – I haven’t tried baking with it yet!! Let me know if you try the smoothie – together, we shall be matcha experts! 😀

  2. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness

    You know I love me some matcha…but my husband? He, um, spat it out.
    HOW-EV-ER, he ADORES mangoes and smoothies…so maybe I can ninja some health into him! Also, these are pretty. I like pretty food. Pinning!

    1. Julia Post author

      Matcha’s definitely not for everyone. You could definitely covertly hide it in his mango smoothie, ninja-style…and maybe scale the matcha back a little, haha!

    1. Julia Post author

      You got it, sister! It’s amazing how powerful the stuff is for your health. And tasty to boot! xo

    1. Julia Post author

      Heck yes, try it in all them smoothies, girl! I love matcha as tea during the winter, but love a nice refreshing bevvy in the summer. Let me know if you try the smoothie! 😀

  3. Joanne

    I’m so glad I’m not the only one who is totally matcha OBSESSED!! Ironically, I’ve mostly eaten it and have never had it in liquid form. oops. TIme to get matcha smoothie-ing!

  4. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    Umm, HELLO! Someone is going to the store for some mangoes and OJ Toooooooo-DAY! Love this, lady! And I’ve seriously been in need of some matcha-spiration since I haven’t touched the tub in my pantry in MONTHS! 😉

  5. francesca

    I’m eleventy billion years late to the Matcha game, but this looks delicious. No idea it was ground green tea leaves! Also wondering what your white garnish is… yogurt dollop?

    1. Julia Post author

      Better late than never, I always say! The white is coconut milk. I love putting coconut milk on/in my smoothies…it’s just sooooo creaaaaamyyyyy!

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