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Last week, I posted a DIY for your next pool party.
Today, I’m sharing a healthy and refreshing drink perfect for summer!
Since it's the height of the summer season, I noticed I don't drink hot tea as much. I don't know if it's just me but I prefer cold drinks and smoothies to combat the heat. I realized though that I really miss matcha.
During winter, a warm cup of matcha green tea is my go-to drink so much so that I bought my own ceremonial matcha powder and bamboo whisk. Straining and whisking the powder does make a difference since there won't be any granules left over and you'll end up with a consistent flavor.
These things have been sitting in my cupboard for quite a bit so I decided to whip them out to make a cold drink alternative.
- 1 tbsp matcha powder
- 1/2 cup hot water (not boiling)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 tbsp agave syrup
- Superfood seeds such as flax, chia, or hemp (I used flax seeds)
- 1/2 banana
- Ice cubes
- Dissolve the matcha powder in hot water using a bamboo whisk or regular stirrer.
- Add this mixture in the blender along with the almond milk, agave syrup, superfoods, banana, and ice cubes (I used four ice cubes)
- Blend well.
This recipe is for one serving but you can always make more, just follow the same ratio as above. If you don't have some of the ingredients, you can use alternatives: Instead of agave, substitute it with honey, and if you don't have almond milk, you can use soy milk or regular milk.
I noticed that this isn't the prettiest looking smoothie there is. But guess what, it's one of the healthiest! Since matcha is basically powdered green tea, you're drinking the actual leaves as opposed to discarding the tea bag as you would do with regular green tea. In turn, you get more antioxidants, fiber, and other nutrients that give you energy and help with digestion and weight loss. Don't forget that adding the flax seeds (or other superfoods) will also give you a boost of omega-3 fatty acids!
I'm really happy about this recipe. The hint of matcha is just what I've been missing. Of course, I also get my fix from other foods such as green tea soba noodles (found in Asian markets), mochi green tea ice cream (my favorite is Mikawaya brand found in Trader Joe's), and green tea ice cream (you won't regret getting the Haagen-Daaz brand).
But I gotta say, this smoothie is definitely the healthiest.