Matcha also doesn’t have the same effect on our cortisol levels like coffee, meaning consumption won’t boost your stress hormones (putting you at risk for adrenal fatigue, anxiety, and poor energy). Rather than serving it up as a warm drink, we’ve made it the star of this cleanse-approved matcha shake.
Matcha tea can serve as the perfect replacement for that comforting cup of coffee during a cleanse. It’s a form of green tea where the leaf is ground and consumed whole, rather than steeping and discarding. It’s full of antioxidants and gives a steady energy boost, compared to the sharp increase and decrease that can come with coffee.
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You’ll get plenty of fiber in this matcha shake thanks to the addition of spinach. While we’ve suggested two cups in our recipe, you can easily double this amount without noticing a shift in flavor or texture, so play around with quantity! This leafy green is loaded with micronutrients like vitamin A, E, and K, and zinc. These micronutrients are important for bone health, lowering blood pressure, and gut health.
Matcha is Rich in EGCG
Matcha is loaded with EGCG, which stands for epigallocatechin gallate. EGCG is a type of flavonoid that is considered to be the most potent antioxidant in green tea, providing even more antioxidant protection than vitamin C and E. Since matcha is consumed in its whole form (rather than by soaking or seeping) you get an even more powerful dose of this phytonutrient. It protects against aging, disease, inflammation of joints and arteries, lowers cholesterol, and keeps skin healthy.
It has long been assumed that EGCG protects against cancer, since countries where green tea consumption is highest, tend to have lower cancer rates (like Japan). In modern research, this has been proven and EGCG has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells in some cases.
2 cups spinach
2 cups frozen peaches
1.5 cups coconut milk
1 cup frozen cauliflower
2 teaspoons matcha
2 scoops vanilla Daily Shake
1 teaspoon vanilla
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons cashews
Optional: Chia seeds for topping
Step 1: Wash produce. Measure out all ingredients.
Step 2: Add all ingredients to the blender. Blend on high until creamy and smooth.
Step 3: Sprinkle chia seeds on top for added protein and fiber.
Recipe and photography by Kaitlyn Noble
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