A pretty crisp Winter day here in Melbourne, so what better day than to get stuck into a nice warming, detoxing and energy boosting, Matcha smoothie. We've been checking out some Matcha Lattes around Melbourne, and to be honest, have been pretty disappointed with the really bitter beverages that make our faces screw up and become likened to a wrinkly old potatoe — we may, on the other hand, be going to the wrong places, so feel free to suggest some awesome locations. In any case, we have continued indulging in some matcha love outside the cafe scene. And this little guy is quite something else. You don't taste the bitterness of the matcha or the spinach, and you wouldn't even know that that there is Spirulina in there. The apple and dates really do their job in providing a beautiful masking effect to allow us to get some phenomenal nutrients into our systems - and bio-available, which is the most important thing - mouth pleasure and our bodies are using the nutrients - win win.
Great for kids, great for grandmas, great for you, great for me. Just great. So get stuck into the greatness!
Apples are in season in Melbourne during Autumn and Winter, so get in amongst them. If you live in a warmer climate then you could potentially replace them for melons which are similarly sweet yet promote hydration during the summer months, and you may also decide not to warm the smoothie.
It has long been said that an apple a day keeps the doctor away, well, a 2016 study has collated a number of studies and suggested that an apple a day may infact help keep cancer at bay. Another 2015 study is also suggesting that Apples may help Cardio Vascular Disease (CVD).
A green tea powder, used in the traditional tea ceremony and foods in Japan and has gained significant interest in western society. It is said to have a significant amount of anti-oxidants (one of which is called catechins) which have significant health benefits, Vitamin C is suggested to aid the absorption of the catechins in green tea.
20% of the human body is made up of protein, we require protein for growth and repair of the cells in our body (bones, blood, muscles etc). Amino Acids are the building blocks of protein, our bodies produce most of them, except for 9 essential amino acids which we have to get from food sources. Chia contains these 9.
Organic Eleuthero (Siberian Ginseng)
Siberian Ginseng (Eleuthero), listed as an adaptogen, helping your body adapt to stress, also aiding focus, strength and vitality.
know for improving energy, Maca can also aid with mood and focus, as well as help your body adapt to life stressors and helping balance hormones.
Studies* suggests that Spirulina potentially supports the entire body, such as macular and memory health, as well as detoxing. In the 80’s / 90’s NASA and the EU Space Agency proposed Spirulina as a primary food for space missions.
Organic Camu Camu
Camu Camu is shown to contain one of natures highest levels of Vitamin C. Not only has vitamin C been studied to aid as an anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant, but it has also been suggested that Camu Camu and Maca combined may aid male fertility when taken at the right time. Vitamin C has also been linked to the increased absorption of the Catechins which are naturally occurring antioxidants found in green tea. (study).