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Matcha Coconut Smoothie

This is a power packed smoothie that I regularly enjoy for breakfast after a morning workout. It’s light on the palate and easy to drink without weighing you down, so you’re powered up and energised for a busy workday ahead. I’m a huge fan of smoothies and if the right ingredients are used, they make a perfect meal and can fill you up for hours.  I’ve used coconut water to make this recipe as it’s extremely refreshing and helps hydrate my body quickly when I drink it.  I often add frozen banana to make my smoothie creamier and you can also use frozen pineapple chunks or mango that marries perfectly with the matcha.

What’s Great About It:
Matcha  has metabolism boosting thermogenic affects in the body, meaning that it gently supports weight loss. The rich concentrations of chlorophyll found in matcha work to alkalize and detoxify the blood. By cleansing the blood and increasing its pH the body has a better chance to get more oxygen and nutrients to cells for healing, helping your skin look clearer, more radiant and revitalised. Coconut water is a natural isotonic drink that’s rich in the electrolytes calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, sodium and potassium, vital for the proper functioning of the nervous system. Protein is the key nutrient for ageless, beautiful skin. Your skin, hair and nails are made up of protein, so it’s important to include it in your diet to maintain healthy skin, hair and nails. The amount you consume each day varies slightly depending on your age, weight and activity level. You can find out how much you need from my protein calculator. Complete protein is also a great source of amino acids such as L-lysine and L-proline, which are essential for the creation of collagen. Bananas are a great source of potassium, an essential mineral for maintaining normal blood pressure and heart function.

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ingredients (Serves 1)

1  1/2 cups coconut water or the juice and flesh of 1 fresh young coconut
2 tablespoons Protein Powder
1/2 – 1  teaspoon Organic Matcha Green Tea
1/2 cup ice
1 small frozen ripe banana
1 teaspoon tahini

 

 

method

Combine coconut water, protein powder, Matcha Green Tea, tahini, ice and banana.
Blend until smooth and creamy.
Serve immediately and enjoy.

+ notes & inspiration +

Add 1 teaspoon cold pressed wheatgrass juice powder

 

Use frozen pineapple or mango in place of banana.
Add a handful baby spinach leaves.
Add 1 tablespoon chia seeds.
A small handful of raw cashews can also be used in place of the banana.

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