Ginger Matcha Smoothie Bowl / by lee tilghman

It is a deep green color, and normally you see it on menus in the form of Matcha Lattes. But did you know you can add it to your food, too? Aiya Cooking Grade Organic Matcha is perfect for adding to your recipes - you can make muffins, bliss balls, pancakes. But today, I'm sharing an energizing, creamy, dreamy, green smoothie bowl using their matcha.

What is Matcha?

Matcha, or powdered green tea, has been around since 600 in the Tang Dynasty China. It was, and still is, a major part of tea ceremonies around Asia. However, matcha made its United States debut when it broke out into the healthy food scene a few years ago. Why do us healthy foodies love it? It was rediscovered mainly because of its health benefits and beautiful, bright green color. And because it's been around since 600, you know it's good.  (Eastern medicine knows what's up.)

One of the greatest things about matcha lies within its rich history and ritual. Traditionally, the Japanese drink this tea with mindfulness during a Tea Ceremony, giving great care and attention to each step. Very similar to conscious eating, which I adore and try to practice myself. 

Health Benefits of Matcha:

  • Fortifies the immune system
  • High in antioxidants
  • High in chlorophyll
  • Improves mental focus through its high Theanine content
  • Lacks the caffeine crash we normally get through coffee
  • Stimulates the mind
  • Calming

Organic Ginger Matcha Smoothie Bowl

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/4 cup gluten free oats 
  • 1 cup swiss chard (or other green- spinach or kale works great, too!)
  • 1 tsp Aiya Cooking Grade Organic Matcha
  • 1 oz. fresh ginger, peeled
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • Toppings: figs, blueberries, hemp seeds, bee pollen, chia seeds, coconut flakes, almonds, pistachios, goji berries, puffed millet, granola, edible flowers

Instructions:

  1. First, begin my blending the almond milk, banana, oats and swiss chard together in a high speed blender such as a Vitamix, Blendtec, or a Ninja. You'll want the ratio of solid:liquid very high, which is the reason why this entire recipe only calls for 2 ounces of filtered water.
  2. Next, add your Aiya Cooking Grade Organic Matcha and ginger.
  3. Thirdly, add your toppings! I topped mine with figs, blueberries, and plenty of nuts and seeds. Enjoy!