Mango Matcha Smoothie with banana and orange juice tastes delightfully tropical and also magically creamy! A smoothie recipe that is packed with antioxidants and Vitamins to keep you feeling energized!
Have you heard?
Matcha is the new green juice.
Sometimes I think what everyone needs in life is just a really great 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.
In my cookbook, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, I have a similar smoothie recipe using matcha, which contains yogurt.
I skipped the yogurt this time and added some orange juice, which made for a wonderful tropical flavor.
If you’ve been pitter pattering around The Roasted Root, you know I’m a big fan of Matcha.
During the summer, I enjoy adding it to my smoothies for an antioxidant and energy boost.
Because Matcha is trending right now, I figured I’d take a hot minute to explain its health benefits (they’re a-plenty!)
What is Matcha?
Matcha green tea powder is 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.
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.
What all this means:
Increased focus and memory, enhanced mood, lowered cholesterol and blood pressure, healthy cell function, high immune system.
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.
If you love delicious smoothies like this one, also try my Pineapple Green Protein Smoothie!
Mango Matcha Smoothie
- 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
- Add all of the ingredients to a high-powered blender and blend until completely smooth!