If you haven't seen matcha tea popping up in stores across the country, well, we're really not sure why—the stuff is everywhere, including your grocery store or local Starbucks. And it's popular for good reason. The stuff is loaded with health benefits that can't be passed up, including:
Weight loss: Matcha contains a powerful antioxidant known as EGCG, which is most well-known for being found in green tea, and it can aid in weight loss by supporting a healthy metabolism. In a 2005 study published by the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, participants who drank green tea extract daily lost twice as much weight in 12 weeks compared to participants who didn't.
Stress reduction: Studies show that matcha tea helps reduce psychological and physiological stress. Unlike coffee, which can increase anxiety and make you jittery, this basically has the exact opposite effect.
Antioxidant protection: Antioxidants help reduce inflammation, protect your body from free radical damage, and may even aid in cancer prevention. Matcha tea has a ton—including that EGCG we talked about before—as well as polyphenols, which can protect against heart disease and cancer and better regulate blood pressure.
While matcha is traditionally consumed as a frothy tea, you can actually do so much more with it. (See: 6 Ways to Cook with Matcha Tea.) One fun, tasty idea: A breakfast smoothie bowl. With nothing but fruit, greens, and seeds, this matcha smoothie bowl tastes like dessert—but it's healthy enough for breakfast. (Want more dessert-worthy recipes? Try these 8 smoothie bowls that are better than ice cream.) Blend it up quick and start your day on the right foot.
Matcha Smoothie Bowl Recipe
- 1/2 cup hemp milk*
- 1 cup fresh baby spinach
- 1 large frozen banana
- 1/2 avocado
- juice of 1 lime
- 2 to 3 ice cubes
- 1 date (optional, for sweetness)
- 1/8 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- fresh berries
- dried coconut
- seeds (pumpkin or hemp are favorites)
Place all ingredients in a blender, and blend on high until smooth. Pour into a bowl. Top with fruit, nuts, and seeds of choice.
*You can use my easy and quick homemade hemp milk recipe, or use store-bought hemp milk.
Hemp Milk Recipe
- 4 cups water
- 1 cup hemp seeds
- 8 pitted medjool dates (or more depending on desired sweetness)
- 1/4 teaspoon vanilla (optional)
Place all ingredients in a high-speed blender.* Blend on high for 1 minute or until completely smooth. Pour into sealable glass jars and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving. Will last for about 4 days.
*For those with a regular blender, you may need an extra step: If your hemp milk is not liquid enough, use a nut milk bag or cheesecloth to separate the liquid from any seed/date particles.