Matcha Vanilla Milk Shake
Good morning! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving! Today I'll be catching up on emails and hitting the gym later for week 10 abs. Also, I'm considering buying a Nutri Ninja blender! Does anyone have one? And if you do, how is it?! Wish I could afford a VitaMix but that will have to wait ahha, in the mean time I've heard so many good things about the Ninja and I'm excited to upgrade my $20 Osterizer blender :P
Today I made an antioxidant- protein packed shake. Its gorgeous deep green color comes from Matcha! I listed some of known health benefits of Matcha below, they are:
- Packed with Antioxidants
- Boosts metabolism and burns calories
- Detoxifies naturally
- Calms the mind and relaxes the body
- Is rich in fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins
- Provides vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc and magnesium
- Lowers cholesterol and blood sugar
I'm half Japanese ,so Matcha has been a part of my life since I was little. My mom is also a Matcha Guru and performs in tea ceremonies while wearing beautiful kimonos. It's such a meditative art form and I aspire to learn it one day in hopes of being more graceful and less clumsy! She thinks I should too lol
Anyway, the Matcha I'm using today is from Ocha Matcha. The kind folks there gave me a sample to try so I came up with a recipe that I could incorporate into my post-work out shakes everyday!
I've gotten many questions on the kind of protein I use! If you are on the look out for a new protein, try Vega! I love this one because it blends so well with all the smoothies I make, and also tastes great. It has 30 grams of protein per scoop and includes ingredients such as tart cherry, turmeric and probiotics- which I don't see in other protein powders. I also religiously use their Pre- workout Energizer , which I'm sure you've heard me raving about pretty much everyday if you watch my snapchat. I pretty much refuse to work out without it at this point. lol
1 Cup Almond Milk
1 Tbsp Ocha Matcha Powder
1 Tbsp Honey
1/2 Scoop Vega Sport Vanilla Protein
1/8 Squeeze of Lemon
1/2 Tbsp Hemp Seeds
1/4 Cup Coconut Bliss Vanilla Icecream (optional)
Handful of Ice
METHOD: Blend well until smooth <3
Pour in a glass and enjoy! You can also add a frozen banana if you want a fuller more "meal replacement" shake. I topped mine with coconut flakes and had a sliced papaya with lemon.
Love you all and thanks for taking the time to read!!