Matcha green tea can help give energy + calms the mind at the same time. Whip up this dreamy creamy protein shake – for a deliciously productive morning.
Matcha green tea has the affect of making my brain alert and stimulated… yet calm at the same time.
I do love my morning coffee – but if I ever grab a second cup – well, hyper jitters tell me that was not a good idea.
But sometimes I need a second cup to power through a few more projects. So my morning routine has come to look like this:
- Coffee with milk + get a bit of work done
- Protein smoothie with a scoop of matcha to keep my energy going. No crazy hyper mom here!
So how does matcha both stimulate and calm the brain? The answer is the amino acid L-theanin which is unique to tea. But because matcha is finely ground tea leaves that you actually drink in the tea water, you get more L-theanin than you would in tea in which green tea is just steeped and then removed from water.
Matcha also has about two to three times more antioxidants than a regular green tea.
Deanna and I don’t have a ton of smoothie recipes – only our favorites. But I knew I had to share this creation. Its floral-sweet peaches + herbal matcha was a match made in heaven. And the almond extract brings the natural almond flavoring in my Homemade Protein Powder << Have you tried it yet? (It’s pretty much the most popular recipe on our site!)
Now in full disclosure, I liked this recipe best as pictured below. But as you can see, it’s not exactly ‘matcha green.’ So for the green smoothie pics, I added a couple leaves of spinach and half an avocado.
Oh, and one more ticky-tacky point: I call smoothies ‘milkshakes’ for my kids. They slurp them up with more enthusiasm. But this could also be called a Peach Matcha Protein Smoothie. Either way, enjoy.
And be calm. While getting lots accomplished! Stimulate your brain. Calm your mind: Perfect Peach Matcha Milkshake via @TspCurry Click To Tweet
Have you ever tried matcha? Does it help keep your brain calm, but moving quickly?