Pundits have lauded the benefits of green tea for some time. Here on this site, Naturopathic Earth, we have several articles and Occult Health News podcast episodes dedicated to the myriad of salutary rewards you can reap from the Camellia Sinensis plant and its teas. White tea…black tea…green tea and alike.
Yes, we might drink a cup of warm green tea here and there or maybe you, younger kids, drink the Arizona tea or Starbucks varieties, yet the benefits of green tea are so amazing we should drink more of it. So we came up with another way to ingest this “superfood.” Matcha Green Tea Soft Serve!
Matcha Green Tea Soft Serve
Can you go wrong with mixing one of the healthiest drinks on the planet with America’s favorite treat? Not with the way this recipe is made. Matcha is the Japanese variety of traditional green tea. To me, it has a more grassy taste than green tea from China, Vietnam, Sri Lanka, and alike. It also boasts that vibrant color so appealing to the eyes. Matcha is also different in that the ENTIRE leaf is milled down not just pieces of it like traditional green tea.
Important to some of you weaning of coffee to something with less caffeine, like tea, Matcha has much more caffeine than black, green, or white tea. It still has 1/2 the amount that coffee does, but it presents the most caffeine of any tea on the planet.
Let’s talk about the benefits of Matcha. Matcha, like traditional green tea, is perhaps most famous for its antioxidant properties. It contains an active ingredient called ECGC which studies from Europe and China show is a great cancer fighter. Matcha also helps with:
Cognition, Memory, and Mental Alertness
Weight Loss (Like Green Tea, ingestion of a few cups a day may burn up to 100 calories.)
Maintain Health Blood Sugar (Important to prevent Type II Diabetes)
Maintain Heart Health
Here are some great Matcha Green Tea Powders you can purchase on Amazon.
Green Yogurt Goodness
The beauty of this recipe is that it features some great superfoods. Avocados and chia seeds are high in fiber and monounsaturated fats yet low in carbs. Unripened bananas are prebiotic and resistant starch food, which naturally feed your prebiotic bacteria in your microbiome. Plus they only feature 1/4 of the sugar of ripened bananas.
Throw in cinnamon (great for regulating blood sugar, blood pressure, and combatting infections) and maple syrup (another prebiotic source) and you are getting a wallop of micronutrients and phytonutrients. Opt for the full-fat unflavored coconut milk over other non-dairy milks since it is more satiating, boasts less sugar and “healthy” fats than almond, soy, etc. For more information on the aforementioned:
Read our article Review of Non-Dairy Milks.
Read our article Best Spices To Implement In Your Life
Read our article on The Importance of Probiotics.
Read our article on The Who, What, Why of Prebiotics.
The beauty of this Matcha Green Tea Soft Serve is that it is easy-to-make, gives you nice caffeine kick, boasts a beautiful color, and is nutrient-laden. The chia seeds and cinnamon will provide texture and give a nice alteration to the color. Give it a try today!
- 2 frozen unripened bananas (Peel the bananas before putting in zip lock container in freezer.)
- 1 large ripe avocado (Chill in fridge overnight.)
- 1 1/3 cup unflavored coconut milk
- 1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 2 tsp Matcha green powder
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp chia seeds
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor.
Blend until smooth, stopping the processor to scrape down the sides as needed.
Serve immediately in cups or cones.
Eat this yogurt quickly. If put in freezer, it will become solid and unenjoyable.