Kiwi & Matcha smoothie & healthy start to the day!

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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!

Ingredients:

  • 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

Directions:

    1.  Wash and peel fruit
    2. Cut up into chunks
    3. Place fruit into blender
    4. Add the water to the Matcha in a separate pot and mix first,
    5. Add the Matcha mixture carefully to the fruit and then spices and honey
    6. Blend on medium high for 1 minute
    7. Pour into a 400ml glass
    8. Top with any additionals
    9. Enjoy!

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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  37 comments for “Kiwi & Matcha smoothie & healthy start to the day!

  1. December 19, 2014 at 5:10 AM

    Haha! You are right, Justine. FF people need something like this during this season. Great idea and that’s so thoughtful of you. 😀 Happy FF and thanks for sharing this. Have fun!

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    • December 19, 2014 at 3:44 PM

      haha always trying to be thoughtful..actually my youngest is mad about this smoothie, i think it sets him bouncing for the day nto that he needs it x

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  2. December 19, 2014 at 5:53 AM

    This looks great! I would probably need it icy cold though. My FF is winding down, I’m waiting in the Qantas lounge to fly home. It’s 5pm and it is my 5th flight in 7 days, so needless to say, I’m drinking wine right now. A cheeky little New Zealand sauvignon blanc ☺️ xx

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    • December 19, 2014 at 9:14 AM

      hah love the cheeky wine, you need it i think, wow you have flown so much it must be exhausting. no idea whether i replied to this twice now, wouldn’t surprise me hehe x

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  3. December 19, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Hohoho that’s a treat for the excessive drinks of the season. Where to find matcha…i haven’t yet looked for it at the organic store. But I will.
    Great Fiesta today! Have a lovely and festive day!!xxx

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    • December 19, 2014 at 9:13 AM

      You could probably see the make etc on the photo of my tea time #1 as it’s the same matcha and if you can’t find in a store I am sure you can find the clearspring brand online somewhere for sure, definitely good to get, my 8yr old even asked for that smoothie this morning after I gave him one last night, he’s been bouncing ever since lol x

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  4. December 19, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    I was thinking about how this would be good for the kids until I read about the caffeine bit lol xx

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    • December 19, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      hah well the caffeine is very slow release, josh loves it..erm….he’s ok today, didn’t get booted from school, but it was a half day!

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  5. December 19, 2014 at 1:02 PM

    Wow! Thanks so much for featuring my Matcha Smoothie, Justine! I’m so glad that you enjoyed it. I do like your additions – the banana would make it creamy and naturally sweeter. Bring on Fiesta Fridays! 😀

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    • December 19, 2014 at 3:49 PM

      It’s great ive had 3 this week lol, i wonder how the coconut one compares x

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  6. December 19, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    Oh yes, and the comparison to grass cuttings – that’s too funny!

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  7. December 19, 2014 at 4:08 PM

    Those look way yummy!

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  8. December 19, 2014 at 6:16 PM

    I’ll definitely make it on December 23 Justine! 😉 I love matcha in any breakfast recipes…a nice way to start off your day with some color and pep!

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    • December 19, 2014 at 9:20 PM

      Yay it is and great i keep changing my mind what i want to post i sooo need to get my act together. Cant wait to see you there!

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  9. December 19, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    This is just what I need!

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  10. December 20, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    This looks really yumm. But wat is matcha? Never heard of it before.

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  11. December 20, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Mmm… healthy and delicious! Just what I need to balance out all of the sweets I’ve been indulging in lately. 😛

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  12. December 20, 2014 at 5:39 PM

    Your smoothie sounds delicious – this is the second time recently I have seen “matcha powder” in a recipe, Fae I believe. Looks like I am going to have to buy me some 🙂

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    • December 22, 2014 at 12:03 AM

      Its fab i wrote a post on matcha two weeks ago foe tea time its an amazing tea with so many health benefits you should try it xx

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  13. December 21, 2014 at 8:30 PM

    I haven’t tried Matcha before, but I’ve heard good things about it, so I will need to try some out–this sounds like a great smoothie!

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    • December 21, 2014 at 10:53 PM

      Its fab you really should try it it is really healthy. I wrote a post on matcha for my teatime event two weeks ago if you want some more info on it 🙂

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  14. December 24, 2014 at 4:05 AM

    Hi Justine thanks for the education on ‘matcha’ – I have never tried it – Now I definitely will read up more about it.! Your smoothie sounds fabulous. And you are absolutely right about potential hangovers coming soon! LOL! Have a great holiday! 🙂

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    • December 26, 2014 at 5:24 PM

      haha yes, me included though i drink alcohol in tiny quantities and not often! That smoothie is great and matcha quite addictive so please do let me know if you do try it xxx Happy christmas xxx

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