Super Antioxidant Matcha Chia Beauty Blend
This beauty blend is super packed with antioxidants thanks to its content of matcha green tea, which contains up to 20 times more overall nutrients and antioxidants compared to regular green tea. In case you've never heard of it, matcha is a super fine powder of ground green tea leaves, so we ingest the whole leaf, not just the brewed water. It's enjoyed regularly in Japan, Korea, and other Asian countries...ever wonder why people following a traditional Japanese diet seem to have such beautiful skin? Maybe it's the matcha?!
On the ORAC scale, (oxygen radical absorbance capacity), matcha measures a mighty 1300 units per gram, compared to pomegranates which weigh in at 105 units per gram or blueberries at 91 units (so about 15 times more so than pomegranates or blueberries). Matcha is exceptionally rich in the catechin EGCg (epigallocatechin gallate) that provides exceptional cancer-fighting properties and helps counteract the effects of free radicals that can cause premature aging and disease.
Additionally, matcha’s natural phyto properties can provide us with a nice boost of energy, but it does also have about 35 mg of caffeine per 1 gram, so if you’re very sensitive to caffeine, please take this into consideration. (Although there are claims that the little amount of caffeine is neutralized better by our bodies because of the richness in phytonutrient compounds. As a comparison, while coffee caffeine content varies widely, for example, espresso contains an average of 100mg, but up to 200mg, of caffeine per 60 ml serving.) Like other green teas, matcha is known to help boost our metabolism and burn fat; but unlike coffee, matcha is not acidifying to the body.
Miracle skin saving Chia seeds are the most potent plant-based source of Omega-3, with more than flax seed or wild Alaskan salmon, so I like to add them into my smoothies or sprinkle them into my smoothie bowls to get my daily intake of them.
I hope you enjoy the recipe. Because it contains little fruit, I like to make this smoothie with organic brown rice milk, which is naturally sweet, but you can substitute with your favorite nut milk and sweeten it with bananas, maple syrup, or raw honey.
Note: Brazil nuts are very rich in selenium, but we don't want too much of a good thing. Brazil nuts are very, very rich in selenium. Eat them, but eat them sparingly.
Serves 1 (all ingredients are preferably organic)
- 1 cup brown rice milk
- 1 kiwi
- 2 tbsp frozen spinach (I use frozen cubed ones, but you can use a handful fresh spinach)
- 1 tsp Chia seeds
- 1 tsp cold-pressed extra virgin coconut oil
- 3 Brazil nuts
- few ice cubes (optional)
- a little purified water as desired (optional)
- Add ingredients into a blender and whiz until smooth. Add water as necessary.