Minty Matcha Protein Smoothie

Minty Matcha Protein Smoothie

Summer is all about relaxation and restoration.  With constant pool and beach activities – not to mention the crazy heat – a delicious and healthy treat is well deserved.  That’s why I’ve created this minty matcha protein smoothie.  Refreshing with its minty flavor, energizing with matcha, and satisfying with protein, this is the ideal smoothie to get you back on your feet (or chez, whichever one you prefer 🙂 ).

Minty Matcha Protein Smoothie

Let’s get to the nutrition:

  • Protein powder – By drinking this smoothie, you’re absorbing 22g of protein (depending on what protein powder you use).  Why is this important?  Well, the body uses protein to repair and also build tissues; this is useful for a post-workout snack.  In addition, protein helps fill you up, and stabilizes your blood sugar levels (preventing spikes in blood glucose).  My favorite protein powder at the moment is one from Garden of Life; it’s vanilla-y without being overly sweet and doesn’t taste like a bunch of weird, dehydrated vegetables.
  • Matcha Green Tea – This star ingredient is super high in antioxidants, and helps boost concentration, energy, and endurance.  In addition, drinking Matcha Green Tea has been shown to increase metabolism. It’s an amazing ingredient to use (and drink).
  • Banana – This fruit is a great source of potassium, which is important since your body loses potassium through your sweat during workouts.  If the potassium in your body is not replenished, it can lead to cramping.  To optimize a banana’s nutrients, try eating it an hour before exercise or after exercise to restore your body.
  • Peppermint Essential Oil (edible) – Peppermint is excellent for the digestive system as it reduces stomach aches and bloating.  It also gives you more energy (yay!), and relieves headaches as well as muscle pain.  It’s important to use an edible essential oil such as one from Young Living.  If you don’t have an edible peppermint essential oil, grab a handful of washed peppermint leaves, or as a last resort, peppermint extract (though it might not have as many benefits as the actual oil/leaves).

While you can enjoy this after a day at the beach (perhaps with some energy balls), this also pairs well with breakfast foods like sweet potato coconut waffles or even some granola.

I hope you enjoy this minty matcha protein smoothie as much as I have!

Minty Matcha Protein Smoothie
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Recipe type: Drinks, Snacks
Cuisine: Gluten-free, Vegan, Refined Sugar-free
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Ingredients
  • 1¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 scoop vegan protein powder
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ tsp matcha powder
  • one drop of edible peppermint essential oil
  • pinch of salt
  • Optional!
  • dash of vanilla beans
Instructions
  1. In a high power blender, mix all the ingredients together until smooth.

P.S. Try using homemade raw almond milk for an even more wholesome drink.

 

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It’s creamy, velvety, and is quite addicting for chocolate lovers!

Enjoy!

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Delicious, Easy Chocolate Pudding (Vegan & Refined Sugar Free)
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Recipe type: Snack/Dessert
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Ingredients
  • 2 medium-sized ripe avocados
  • ⅔ cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ⅓ cup maple syrup (add to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a dash of salt
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
  2. Cover and refrigerate for about 1 hour.
Notes
Based on your avocado's size, you will have to adjust the amounts of cocoa and maple syrup, and according to your level of sweetness, you can adjust the amount of maple syrup you put in.

 

Easy, quick, delicious DF, GF Nutella

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Frosting has less sugar than the Nutella?

As crazy as it sounds, yes.

To add on top of it, instead of hazelnuts or cocoa powder being the prime ingredient, sugar is. Then comes palm oil, and finally, hazelnuts and cocoa powder.  Then we hit another stump. There’s milk, soy lecithin, and vanillin, an artificial flavor.

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Luckily, we have hope.  You can make your own nutella.

Worried about time?  Don’t be!  This recipe takes no longer than 5 minutes!  Plus, it’s delicious!

This recipe is creamy, delicate, and extremely tasty.  Ready to try it?

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Nutella
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Recipe type: Spread
Cuisine: Gluten free, Dairy free, Soy free
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Ingredients
  • 3½ cups roasted hazelnuts
  • 6 tbsp melted dark chocolate chips*
Optional
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • cinnamon
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Blend hazelnuts in a powerful food processor until it starts to produce oil.
  2. Melt chocolate, and add to the hazelnuts. Blend.
  3. Spread onto anything you wish!
Notes
*Depending on how dark your chocolate is, you might want to add some sweetener such as maple syrup. Also, make sure to check that there is no soy lechitin or milk powder in the chocolate.