Sweetly Raw – Matcha Mango Detox Smoothie Bowl
I hope you enjoyed a wonderful time ringing in the new year! Can you believe it's 2019 already? After all the indulgences of the holidays, it's time to lighten things up a bit. I'm not big on extreme diets or cleanses after indulging (though I used to be) but its nice to bring in some lighter, more cleansing food so that the body can re-balance and hydrate. This is where smoothies, soups, and fresh juices come in handy. They give the digestive system a break.
My matcha mango detox smoothie bowl is designed to keep you nourished, hydrated, satisfied (body and palate), and aid in the detoxification process, all while letting your digestion rest since the food is blended. Oh and I include a secret ingredient 😉
Are you a matcha fan? I am! Beside the fact that I enjoy the taste, it's SO good for you. I like to incorporate it into my diet on a regular basis. I'm a huge fan of DoMatcha because of their dedication to the highest quality and freshness. They're the only company that I know of who has a low caffeine matcha. Seriously, how cool is that?! It allows me to drink it on an empty stomach.
What is Matcha?
If you're not familiar with matcha, its basically powdered green tea. Carefully selected green tea leaves are steamed to prevent nutrients from oxidation and keep the green colour. Next, the stems and veins are removed before the rest of the leave is slowly ground down to a very fine powder.
Some Benefits of Matcha:
- The L-theanine in matcha increases alpha waves in the brain - this helps us feel more calm, creative, alert, and mentally focused (note, there is NO L-theanine in coffee).
- Rich source of antioxidants.
- Improved memory, concentration, and enhances mood due to the production of serotonin and dopamine which is a result of the L-theanine.
- Increased energy and endurance.
- Increased metabolism (which helps your body burn more calories).
What About Caffeine?
The difference between the caffeine in matcha and the caffeine in coffee is that the caffeine in matcha is absorbed slowly and steadily. Any of the negative effects that are usually felt from the caffeine are relieved by the relaxing and calming effect of the L-thanine. Green tea has less caffeine than black tea and coffee. For example, one cup of coffee has 80-120mg of caffeine while matcha has 20-35mg of caffeine. It's not advised to drink it on an empty stomach though - I've learned this long ago. Even decaf green tea can make me queasy on an empty stomach. And it's best to drink it at least 4 hours before bed.
DoMatcha makes both a Ceremonial Matcha and a Summer Harvest Matcha. The ceremonial grade is harvested in the Spring at the first flush - only the brand new top leaves are chosen. The leaves have a very smooth but strong flavour and have a very high value. The summer harvest DoMatcha is handpicked in August when the leaves have been on the plant longer and have more of an astringent flavour. It's less expensive than the ceremonial one but perfect for using in desserts or blending into smoothies and drinks.
DoMatcha comes in a cute tin, inside a silver pouch and its recommended that you store in the fridge in it's pouch. They explain that matcha is like a raw, living food so keeping it refrigerated will maintain its freshness and help it last longer (I had no idea that matcha should be kept in the fridge!).
Matcha Mango Detox Smoothie Bowl
This bowl is truly delicious - sweet enough but not too sweet. Thick, frosty, creamy, and satisfying. I decorated it with coconut yogurt mixed with a little pitaya powder, fruit, and coconut treats (recipe below).
Any guesses on what the secret ingredient is?! hehe. Hint - its green but its NOT matcha! ... Green leaf lettuce!!! But you can sub any lettuce of your choice.
1/2 cup full fat coconut milk
2-3 teaspoons matcha
1 cup frozen diced mango
1 large frozen banana
1 cup frozen (precooked) cauliflower
1 cup green lettuce or spinach
Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth. Pour into bowls, top with your favourite fruit/coconut treats and eat immediately.
These little coconut butter treats make a cute but delicious and nutritious topping on the bowl. You can use any silicone moulds or even paper muffin cups.
1/2 cup melted coconut butter
2-3 drops stevia, optional
Matcha powder, pitaya powder, or beet powder for colour
Whisk ingredients together, adding enough powder to reach desired shade of colour. Pour the liquid into silicone molds of choice. Place in the fridge to harden and then peel out of the molds. Store them in the fridge for up to 3 months.