Kiwi & Matcha smoothie!
I am figuring as we get near to Christmas the Fiesta Friday parties might get a little wild and crazy. As such there could be a few hangovers, I therefore feel it my duty to provide a nutritious hangover cure, or perhaps just something that will give you enough get up and go for the next day!
I originally posted about my recent discovery of the wondrous Matcha on my first Tea Time challenge post, which you can see here – Tea Time #1
I then had someone offer a wonderful entry that was a Matcha smoothie, which I have ever so slightly doctored, her lovely post you can find here – Gluten Free, Lekker Food
It is so simple to make, here goes:
Kiwi & Matcha smoothie!
- 2 Kiwi fruit, peeled and cut up
- 1 small banana, peeled and cut up
- 1 teaspoon of Matcha powder
- 2 teaspoons of honey, or other sweetener, I prefer honey
- 1/2 cup (200ml) of filtered water, I use warm which is really lovely. With Matcha you should never pour boiling water on it, but leave for at least 5 minutes. Having a warm smoothie is novel and I actually like it a lot.
- A dash of cinnamon
- A dash of ginger, fresh or powdered
- Wash and peel fruit
- Cut up into chunks
- Place fruit into blender
- Add the water to the Matcha in a separate pot and mix first,
- Add the Matcha mixture carefully to the fruit and then spices and honey
- Blend on medium high for 1 minute
- Pour into a 400ml glass
- Top with any additionals
The possible benefits of eating a smooth with these ingredients include:
- Matcha apparently contains a huge amount of anti-oxidants to help stimulate the immune system and detox
- Matcha releases caffeine slowly in to the body, unlike coffee which gives a kick, this slow release lasts for hours, so you don’t get the up’s and downs.
- Kiwi helps to break down enzymes which aids digestion.
- Kiwi also helps to apparently manage blood pressure and boost ones immune system
- You can read more about the benefits of kiwis here – 14 Healthy Reasons to eat kiwi
- Ginger helps improve the absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients in the body.
- Ginger also helps alleviate join pain as it is anti-inflammatory.
- Ginger is also said to aid getting rid of throat and nasal congestion.
- To read more of the benefits of eating ginger, click here – 10 Healing Benefits of Eating Ginger
- Eating cinnamon helps with controlling candida yeast infections
- Cinnamon also helps with blood sugar control
- Cinnamon has also been said to help IBS
- If you wish to read some more health benefits of cinnamon click here – 20 Health Benefits of Cinnamon
Apart from the fact that this smoothie is like a power pack full of good things, it also tastes great. You definitely taste all the ingredients and I have been asked what Matcha tastes like. I think depending on the grade and how well it is mixed/ratio water/hotness etc all effects how it eventually tastes.
However, for me, it is fairly innocuous, non offensive, you know the smell of grass cuttings? If you could put that in to a hint of a taste it might perhaps be like that, it is very hard to describe. With this smoothie you just get the faintest hint of it.
How is your Fiesta Friday going?
What are you up to this weekend?
Have any of you tried Matcha before? Do you have any exciting additional recipes?
If so perhaps come and join me for my Festive Tea Time this Tuesday coming – 23rd December, if you want to read more about this Event, please click here – Tea Time with Justine
Written for the amazing Fiesta Friday #47 party!
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