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Matcha Green Tea is a powerhouse of antioxidants. We all hear today about superfoods and the benefits of them and how we should get our fill of antioxdants to off-set the oxidative stress that we all cope with everyday.

Matcha Green tea is a fine green powder made from the tips of the tea leaf. It is hideously expensive but you are paying for something that has one of the highest antioxidant or ORAC values.

For information on Matcha Green Tea and benefits see:
http://www.teapigs.co.uk/m/customer/pages/matcha/matcha-health-benefits

I find it quite a strong green tea, even for me who loves the stuff usually, so I thought I’d make it into an iced latte or a smoothie.

To make the latte:

In a high-powered blender place 1 level tsp of matcha powder, 1-2 cups of any type of plant milk (preferably vanilla flavoured) add some vanilla extract, some maple syrup (approx tablespoon), a banana and some ice. Blend until snooth, rich and creamy.

For the breakfast smoothie:
1 level tsp of Matcha Green Tea
1 tsp of ground flax seeds
1 tsp of sprouted Barley Grass (optional)
1 Banana (peeled)
1 tablespoon of Porridge Oats
1 cup of Plant Milk (ideally vanilla flavoured)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 handful of fresh spinach (or equivalent frozen)
Handful of ice cubes
1 tbl sp of Maple Syrup

Method –
If you have a high speed blender, place all the ingredients in and blitz until smooth.

In an ordinary blender or food processor – grind the oats and flax, add remaining ingredients (do not use frozen spinach or ice) blend. Serve over ice.

You can watch a video of this recipe here: https://bhoneycombe.wordpress.com/2013/08/22/video-matcha-green-tea-breakfast-smoothie/

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