Matcha Smoothie

Let's remember from the last matcha article, that matcha has got it all for a martial artist. It creates focus, energy, concentration, curbs the appetite for weigh-ins. But, best of all, matcha improves your health and enhances performance. These are just some of the great qualities of matcha. However, many people don't like to drink matcha tea. The matcha smoothie will help solve this problem so you can get the benefits that matcha has to offer.

Matcha is excellent to add to your smoothie. So, if you can't stomach it nor drink it daily, normally or regularly with hot water, and want the benefits of matcha, then the smoothie is your best option. Mixed into the smoothie really neutralizes 95% of matcha's bitter taste.


Matcha Fruit Smoothie

First, choose the fruits and vegetables that you want to blend. I like to use pineapple because it really diminishes the bitterness. You won't' even know matcha is present.

Below is one of my favorite smoothies:

  • 100- 150g of pineapple
  • 1-2 bananas
  • 1 mango
  • 1 teaspoon of matcha
  • 1 tablespoon of flax and chia seeds
  • 2 cups of regular, soy, or almond milk. I like to use a sweet milk to enhance the taste.
  • 1 scoop of vanilla whey protein powder. This optional but will also make the taste sweet.
  • After blending, the smoothie should have a beautiful green color.

The Benefits of Pineapples

  • They contain powerful antioxidants.
  • They have enzymes that help digestion.
  • Pineapple is an excellent anti-inflammatory that boost your immune system and decreases the risk of cancer. It also helps arthritis.
  • Pineapple speeds-up the recovery of intense strenuous training, exercise, and performance.
  • Have 110mg of potassium per 100g.

The Benefits of Bananas

  • Great source of potassium and magnesium
  • Excellent anti-inflammatory
  • Perfect source of energy for simple and complex carbs
  • Have about 400mg of potassium per 100g

The Benefits of Mango

  • They are high in antioxidants.
  • They boost your immune system.
  • They are excellent to support your heart and cardiovascular system.
  • They improve digestion.
  • They aid in the recovery of muscles from training.
  • They boost your energy and elevate your mood.
  • Have about 168mg of potassium per 100g.

For extra nutrients and added benefits, I add flax seeds, chia seeds, and a scoop of vanilla protein. The flax seeds will add omega-3, fiber, magnesium. Chia seeds will add fiber and potassium. And, the scoop of protein adds flavor, sweetness, and 20g of protein.

When you add a fruit or milk that is sweet, you will not taste the matcha. However, adding matcha, will change the color of your smoothie, depending on the fruit and vegetables you add. Don't worry, the look is nothing compared to the delicious taste.

If you would like to make your own concoction, matcha pairs well with green vegetables like spinach and kale and also combines well with carrots.

For complete blending instructions for the smoothie above, check out the video below.

Matcha Fruit Smoothie

If you would like to drink a delicious and powerful anti-aging smoothie using matcha, check out the next video to get the ingredients.

Anti-Aging Smoothie with Matcha

Matcha can be used in basically everything! You can even use it to bake with in cakes, make lattes, and soups. For now, enjoy your matcha smoothie. Next month, I will show you how to use matcha in a few other different ways.

KI ( chi ) – inner energy

AI – uniting, joining

KIAI (Kihap or kyap) is the consequence of a special kind of breathing. It is usually said that it is a guttural sound, but the right KIAI comes from the abdomen as a result of strong expiration.

The real KIAI is the consequence of the unconscious part of the human being and it is not deliberately provoked.

Keep Reading Show less

Straegies and Philosophies from 6 martial arts masters!

Leo Fong is one of the wisest people I know. Now in his ninth decade in the martial arts, he's also one of the most experienced, accomplished and versatile. When he talks, I listen. A few of the pearls he's dispensed over the years have been rattling around in my pocket for some time now.

As a firm believer in the power of principles, Fong encourages his students to seek the deeper truths of the martial arts. "There is an important difference between understanding what makes a clock tick and knowing how to tell the time," he once said.

Keep Reading Show less

The placebo effect is a psychological phenomenon which happens when we believe in the beneficial effect of things and objects that, realistically, do not have it. The influence of the placebo and the placebo effect is usually connected with medicine, but it can be found everywhere around us in our daily lives, e.g. if placebo didn't exist, neither would marketing.

A couple of these interesting facts will reveal the omnipresence of this intriguing phenomenon.

Keep Reading Show less