Green energiser smoothie – Gluten free, dairy free, refined sugar free, clean, vegan and paleo friendly.
Well hello there. How was your Easter break? Did you catch up with family and friends?
I had a wonderful week off work with my sister Sandra and co. We showed Sandra’s friend Alana around Darling Harbour, went snorkeling at Manly (my favourite suburb in Sydney), squeezed in some body boarding at Cronulla, watched a local band play some great music and cheered on as my nephews Liam and Rhys played rugby out at North Ryde.
As much as I enjoyed the visit, it was a pleasure to have my bed back and get back to basics with healthier food options.
Speaking of getting back to basics, this is a great smoothie to combat the Easter overindulgence and refuel your body with brain and body loving ingredients.
This green energiser smoothie is choc full of brain food. It’s my go to breakfast before I start work in the mornings and makes a great pick-me-up post workout. I’ve used a couple of ingredients you may not have heard of that give me an extra burst of sustained energy – Matcha green tea powder and Macca powder. If you don’t have these ingredients you can still make the smoothie without them. They’re just an added bonus.
Make sure you’re still drinking lots of water throughout the day though. Too often we aren’t hydrated enough and this lack of water affects our brain cells which in turn affects our ability to think clearly and concentrate on tasks. Flooding your cells with water keeps them at an optimum working level and sipping at intervals is the way to do this. If you scull your water it will head straight to your bladder. I used to be guilty of this very thing. Since sipping my water slowly throughout the day, I’ve noticed I look younger (ie reduced eye bags and not so obvious fine lines) when I wake up in the mornings.
Now onto our super powders.
What is Matcha green tea powder?
Long used in Japanese culture, Matcha green tea leaves are grown in the shade to increase their chlorophyll content. Once ready for harvesting they are picked, steamed, dried and ground into a fine powder. Consumed straight with hot water, Matcha has 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea. This is because you are consuming the entire ground leaves rather than throwing a tea bag and all its leaves away. You will get the same nutritional benefit from 1 cup of Matcha green tea as you would from 10 cups of regular green tea. It boasts 20 times more antioxidants than blueberries too!
The great thing is although it contains caffeine, you don’t get the jittery side effects that a cup of coffee would give you. You can find Matcha green tea powder in health food shops.
What is Maca powder?
Grown in the mountains of Peru, maca powder is a root that belongs to the radish family. The leaves grow close to the ground and once ready for harvesting it’s dried before being ground into a fine powder. Maca powder was recognised for thousands of years for it’s potent strength and libido enhancing qualities and was once used as money. Many athletes use it to increase performance and stamina. It’s a great superfood supplement that can be used in smoothies, shakes, juices, porridge and raw sweets. It has a slight caramel like taste.
Note: If you’re pregnant, lactating or suffering from hormone related cancer, you should not consume maca.
Why this is so good for you
Bananas help combat depression, build strong bones, give energy, strengthen the nervous system, protect against type 2 diabetes, lower blood pressure, strengthen your blood, help regulate bowel movement, provide relief from acid reflux and heartburn and help prevent kidney cancer.
Walnuts reduce blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart attack, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes, reduce the risk of prostate and breast cancer, help regulate sleep, reduce inflammation in the body, improve sperm quality and mobility, enhance memory and cognitive and motor functioning in aging.
Baby spinach improves skin health, eases constipation, flushes toxins from the colon, builds strong bones, improves eyesight, protects against breast cancer, reduces risk of ovarian cancer and protects your brain function from premature aging.
Chia seeds are good for healthy hair, skin and nails, regulate bowel function, protect the body from aging and cancer, regulate insulin levels, prevent hypertension and help detoxify the body.
Goji berries help promote healthy skin, increase energy, reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease and high blood pressure; promote longevity, reduce the risk of cancer, reduce the risk of diabetes, reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, reduce the risk of fibromyalgia, protect against fatty liver disease, enhance memory and help alleviate menstrual discomfort.
Matcha green tea powder boosts concentration, enhances mood, calms the mind, relaxes the body, detoxifies, boosts metabolism and burns calories; lowers blood sugar, helps prevent ageing and prevents cancer.
Maca powder enhances libido, increases fertility, increases energy and performance, balances hormones, relieves menstrual issues, alleviates mood swings, anxiety and depression, aids anemia and maintains bone and tooth health.
Love, Tash x
- 1 cup water or coconut water
- 1 banana, frozen or fresh
- Handful of baby spinach leaves
- Small handful of walnuts
- 2 teaspoons chia seeds
- 1/2 teaspoon maca powder
- 1/2 teaspoon Matcha green tea powder
- Optional: 1 tablespoon goji berries
- Optional: Sweetener of choice
- Place all ingredients in a blender or smoothie maker and blitz till smooth and creamy.