The return of blog posts with smoothie bowls to resume from a long hiatus that was since forever, seemed like a perfect one to me. In the past couple of months, I had an opportunity to connect with a London based matcha producing brand – Matcha Union. The like-mindedness between Louisa, the Founder of the brand and me brought about this association. Her ideology of taking life slow, living mindfully yet in the moment resonated well with me. The brand’s values of maximizing sustainability and reducing waste through effective sourcing and recycling were quite impressive.
While getting to know about the product they produce, I was able to know quite a few facts about matcha tea. Apparently, the best way to know how good a matcha powder is by its color. The bright green shade of the matcha makes the tea richer in antioxidants and nutrients. The brighter the matcha powder, the fresher it is. Another fact that I learnt through Louisa’s videos is that a good quality matcha isn’t bitter, it in fact has a sweet taste. The reason for bitterness is the veins of the tea leaves which if removed completely during production make the matcha sweet, making it more preferable to drink and a good replacement of coffee which often leads to energy crash, jitters and anxiety within two – three hours of consuming.
I enjoy my afternoons with a cold matcha latte, or a matcha smoothie bowl which makes my rest of the day bright and interesting. I also occasionally bake a matcha cake loaf or make matcha and protein pancakes. This set of images is from one of those days I decided to make a delicious bowl using Matcha Union. Including the recipe here for you. (You’re welcome!)
2 Bananas (Frozen for thicker consistency)
1/2 cup Spinach
300 gms Mango chunks
1 tsp Matcha Union powder
1/2 cup Almond Milk
HOW TO : Dissolve matcha powder in 2 tbsps of warm water and set aside. Add banana, spinach, mango chunks and almond milk to the blending jar. Now add the matcha mix to the jar and blend them all together until it becomes smooth. Transfer to your favorite bowl and add toppings of choice. I had fun adding blueberries, pumpkin seeds, desiccated coconut, chia seeds and a sliced banana.
Voila! Share the bowl with a loved one or relish it all by yourself.