Superfood, Matcha, Green Tea Smoothie Bowl

Disclaimer: I was given the pot of Matcha Tea free by the company Kineta to create a recipe with but the recipe and all opinions are my own – I have not been paid for this post.

Having been gifted some Matcha Green Tea by Kineta I was intrigued to use it in a recipe as I’ve not tried it before and I’d heard lots about the amazing superfood and anti-oxidant benefits it contains (137 times more anti-oxidants than regular green tea!)  I didn’t want to just make a tea with it so I decided to incorporate it into one of my breakfast smoothie bowls.  Superfood Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl by Emma Eats & Explores - Paleo, Grainfee, Glutenfree, Refined Sugarfree, Clean EatingSo what are the other benefits of Matcha?  Matcha Tea is known for boosting energy due to the caffeine in it and it revs up your metabolism as it has a thermogenic effect meaning that you burn more calories at rest after consuming it than you would normally.  It also contains a compound known as L-theanine which increases the production of  serotonin and dopamine in the brain, improving concentration (Zen Buddhist Monks use Matcha to improve their concentration during meditation!)  Finally it strengthens the immune system and has many minerals and vitamins – and it’s fat-free and sugar-free!  What’s not to love?

So what does the tea taste like?  If you’ve ever drunk green tea, it has a very similar taste, vegetal but slightly less astringent and a bit sweeter and more earthy.

 

For my smoothie bowl I chose flavours that I thought would pair well with the matcha and I wanted to show off the fabulous green colour, so I chose neutral or green fruits and veg to blend with it!  I blended half an avocado, a handful of spinach leaves, 100g greek yoghurt, 1 1/2 Kiwis (saving the other half as garnish) half a frozen Banana (I used the other half to garnish the top with aswell) and the juice of half a lemon, in my food processor and added 100ml coconut water to get everything moving.Superfood Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl by Emma Eats & Explores - Paleo, Grainfee, Glutenfree, Refined Sugarfree, Clean EatingAnd just look at that colour.  The Matcha really does increase the vibrancy of the green colour and it looked stunning.Superfood Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl by Emma Eats & Explores - Paleo, Grainfee, Glutenfree, Refined Sugarfree, Clean EatingI topped the smoothie bowl with pecans and black sesame seeds for crunch, texture and good fats and omega 3 oils.  I used the rest of the kiwi and banana sliced up for sweetness and some cacao nibs for texture and sweetness aswell.

I’m a convert!  The Matcha gave an earthy sweetness to the smoothie bowl which is not normally present and it really complemented all the other flavours!  It also doesn’t hurt that i felt like I was nourishing my body with every spoonful and feeling pretty smug that something so delicious was so good for me!Superfood Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Bowl by Emma Eats & Explores - Paleo, Grainfee, Glutenfree, Refined Sugarfree, Clean Eating

I also plan to use it in baking at some point to see how the flavours work within a muffin – I’m thinking Banana Matcha Muffins would be a great pairing! Watch this space…

Do you have any better ideas of Matcha pairings or any recipes I could take look at?  I’d love to hear from you in the comments!

36 Comments Add yours

  1. rachel says:

    I love Matcha! It’s so versatile! I need to try a smoothie bowl! so smart

    Rachel | The Confused Millennial

  2. jennifer says:

    I love Matcha tea!

    1. Me too now! I’d never tried it before! ?

  3. muksak says:

    This sounds really yummy. I have never had a smoothie bowl but I usually have smoothies on the go so a bowl is not really practical. They always look so lovely and so does yours!

    1. Yeah it’s definitely one to eat at home!

  4. The color is beautiful! I love smoothie bowls and need to try this one soon! Yum

  5. Ari says:

    YUM! I love smoothie bowls! This one is so vibrant and beautiful! Can’t wait to try it!

  6. This looks so vibrant – I have baked with matcha, but never eaten it like this.

    It looks delicious.

  7. Lisa says:

    Thank you for describing how matcha tastes like. I never wanted to try this because it is expensive and what if I don’t like the taste.

  8. Momma To Go says:

    I’ve nevertheless had matcha looks healthy but I’m still a little skeptical!

  9. I have never tried matcha but that looks absolutely delicious. Seriously, almost too pretty to eat. Thanks for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend! XO

  10. Edna says:

    Thanks for educating me on matcha tea. I will buy some and try.

  11. Ludmilla says:

    I’ve never had nothing with matcha!!! I can’t believe!! Looks delicious and healthy !!

  12. Veronika says:

    I absolutely LOVE smoothie bowls! I have yet to try a matcha bowl though! Can’t wait to make this one! 🙂

  13. The color is stunning! I’ve even got a little tin of matcha in the cupboard, so I think I’ve found my breakfast today!!

  14. Tara says:

    Such a gorgeous green color! This smoothie bowl sounds perfect with those toppings. Definitely need to give it a try.

  15. I love adding matcha to my smoothies and bowls. This looks yummy!

  16. We are matcha addicts and have been for years. It is absolutely wonderful in smoothies and bowls and baking. The colour is always a real pick-me-upper!

  17. erin says:

    I have never used Matcha before….but this looks amazing!! I love smoothie bowls!

  18. loveyoumoretoo says:

    I love the color of that smoothie bowl!! Yumm! Everything sounds delicious.

  19. I’ve never seen a smoothie bowl that bright before!! But it looks delicious… I need to try out some matcha now!

  20. eatsleeds says:

    This smoothie bowl look delish! I need to get better at presenting my smoothies…

  21. This is just what I needed. I’ve been trying to be more intentional in how I eat and what I eat for breakfast. Thank you!

  22. 137 more antioxidants? Heck send me a bowl and I will add my own fruit 🙂 This looks delicious!

    1. I know – matcha is such amazing stuff!!

  23. Ashley Voicu says:

    I love recipes like this one. So healthy amd refreshing. Thank you for sharing.

  24. Not Matcha Kit Kats (my friend brought them back from Japan)-we were not fans! Would go MUCH better in a smoothie bowl! These look great!

    1. Haha never tried a matcha kit Kat!! Sounds pretty gross – but im going to try matcha banana muffins soon so I hope they turn out better!

  25. Dusty Boots says:

    This looks glorious! Cannot wait to try it!

  26. This looks so good, I love matcha!

  27. I am in love with acai bowls so I can’t wait to give this a try!

  28. This looks delicious. I have never thought to put a smoothie in a bowl!

  29. Dylan says:

    What a gorgeous use of matcha in a gorgeous smoothie bowl! I am smoothie bowl obsesssed. Also, I use the same theme as you on my blog! I have never seen another food blog with Dyad so this is exciting to find yours! Enjoy your day 🙂

    1. Love your blog and your recipes! Similar kinds of foods to what I choose to eat! Am going over to have a proper nosey around ?

  30. dalalyagoubi says:

    Very creative, would’ve never thought of matcha tea in a smoothie <3

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