Have you noticed more and more people drinking what looks like a green latte? A new name on the coffee menu called “matcha”? This trendy green drink is winning the hearts of more and more people all over the world, even the dedicated coffee lovers!

Because of the contents that make matcha, you may get three times as much caffeine than a cup of steeped tea, this is equivalent to the amount of a cup of brewed coffee.

But that doesn’t mean you have to limit yourself to just matcha lattes and teas. You can even add this decedent green powdered into your smoothies! What’s our favorite smoothie recipe you ask?

What is Matcha?

The word matcha means “powdered tea”. Unlike green tea, after the leaves have been infused into hot water and then discarded, matcha leaves are made into a fine powder and are consumed.

When making matcha, there is a lengthy process involved. The tea plants are covered with shade cloths before they are harvested which triggers the growth of leaves with better flavor and texture. Once they are ready to be harvested, they are briefly steamed to stop the fermentation, then dried and aged in cold storage (this continues to deepen the flavor). Once ready, the leaves are grounded into a fine powder.

Benefits of Matcha

Because matcha is made from high-quality leafy greens and the whole leaves are ingested, it has become a more potent source of nutrients than its companion, green tea.

Unlike green tea, matcha is rich in antioxidants known as polyphenols. These antioxidants have been known to:

  • Aid in the protection against heart disease and cancer (by slowing down or                 halting the growth of these cancer cells)
  • Regulate blood sugar
  • Reduce blood pressure
  • Reduce the effects of aging
  • Boost metabolism
  • Protection against disease and your environment
  • Reduces cholesterol
  • Reduces stress levels
  • Aids in weight loss
  • Contributes to healthy skin and teeth
  • Boosts fertility

To learn more about matcha and its many benefits, including weight loss, read “Matcha for Weight Loss: What you need to know”.

Wild Foods BEST Matcha Smoothie Recipe

Ginger Matcha Immunity Green Tea Smoothie

We all need the extra boost to help our immune systems with everything that is surrounding us in today’s world. We give your two of the BEST natural ingredients that will not only give your immune system that extra boost, but provide your body with amazing nutrients!

Ginger is great for your immune system. It’s widely used to treat the common cold and other issues such as arthritis. This natural drink is a yummy dessert disguised as a healthy smoothie.

1 banana

1 cup coconut water (no added sugars, 100% coconut water)

2 tablespoons ground or freshly grated ginger

1 tablespoon honey

Lime juice squeezed from 1/2 of a lime

Handful of ice

Wild Matcha (use the recommended serving)

  • Blend all ingredients until nice and smooth.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Other Matcha Smoothie Recipes

    Blueberry Coconut Matcha Smoothie

    1 cup coconut water (no added sugars, 100% coconut water)

    1 cup blueberries

    1 banana

    1/2 cup spinach

    Wild Matcha (use the recommended serving)

    Handful of ice

  • Blend all ingredients until nice and smooth.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Chocolate Matcha Smoothie

    2 teaspoons Wild Cocoa Powder

    1/2 cups oats

    1 banana

    1 cup almond milk

    Wild Matcha (use the recommended serving)

    Wild Vanilla Powder (use the recommended serving)

    Handful of ice

  • Blend all ingredients until nice and smooth.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Honeydew Melon Matcha Smoothie

    1 banana

    1/2 large honeydew melon (cut into small chunks)

    1 teaspoon honey

    1 cup almond milk or coconut water (no added sugars, 100% coconut water)

    Wild Matcha (use the recommended serving)

    Handful of ice

  • Blend all ingredients until nice and smooth.
  • Serve and enjoy!
  • Don’t limit yourself to matcha lattes and teas! Add our Wild Matcha in with your favorite fruits and veggies to make a truly amazing smoothie.

    Commonly Asked Questions

    What is so special about matcha?

    Amongst its many health benefits, matcha is packed with antioxidants including the powerful EGCG. It boosts metabolism which burns calories, detoxifies the body effectively and naturally, calms the mind and relaxes the body, is rich in fiber, chlorophyll, and vitamins, enhances mood and aids in concentration, and provides many more benefits for the human body!

    Is matcha tea good for digestion?

    Matcha is good for the heart and healthy digestion. Paired with ginger and a small amount of caffeine, this is an ideal pick-me-up for any time you might be slumping.

    Does matcha tea affect sleep quality?

    Matcha’s sleep-related benefits are due to an amino acid called L-theanine. Tea is full of L-theanine, and matcha has a greater higher concentration of L-theanine than regular green or black tea.

    How many cups of matcha tea can I drink a day?

    The amount of caffeine that should be consumed in one day by the average adult is 400mg. This means that about 5 cups of matcha per day is safe to drink.

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