September 29, 2015

matcha japanese 


Matcha is basically a form of whole green tea leaves with extra theanine and chlorophyll. Shaded growth produces more theanine and chlorophyll. That's why matcha is supposedly more effective for improving mental focus with its higher theanine content, looks very green with more chlorophyll and tastes softer without stems and veins. Its theanine in combination with caffeine is supposed to offer energy boost without the typical jitter or crash associated with caffeine in coffee. Matcha is also more effective for ingesting all the content in the leaves because people consume its entirety as dissolved in water, latte, smoothie or other creations. The antioxidant catechins, especially EGCG in green tea leaves, is one of the main reasons that many health-conscious people consume green tea leaves or matcha specifically.  



How do you make a great matcha smoothies? Just out of some personal experience and comments, this might not represnet the view of the public majority since no one ever had a review and comparison yet. Since some of Green N Pack Marketing members are from Japan and Taiwan, we were able to explore much more about japanese matcha culture and compare the differences of matcha smoothies recipes in different parts of the world. Generally, the matcha flavor served is stronger in Japan than in USA as what we can see from the matcha/green tea frappuchinno served in Starbucks. The matcha/green tea frappuchinno served in Starbucks USA taste more icy chilled probably with too many ice cube blended whereas the matcha/green tea frappuchinno served in Starbucks Japan, even with the same worldwide franchise brand management probably using the same ingredients which we don't know, the one served in Japan taste more smooth and strong full of matcha extract compared to what was served in USA. Therfore, here, though smoothie is a western culture thing, we still adapt the recipe to real japanese delicancy and let's try the real japense matcha smoothies.  


(NOTES: Recipe adapted from MatchaSource by GNP Team)


matcha tea smoothie – simple

A simple and nutritious breakfast food, made with matcha tea and yogurt.
  • 1/2 cup yogurt

  • 2 tbsp honey or brown sugar

  • 1/2 cup ice cubes

  • 2 tsp japanese matcha full leaf gounded powder 

Blend ingredients together in electric blender. Pour into a tall glass.



matcha tea smoothie – juicy

This is surprisingly delicious and tastes much like a sherbet.
  • 1/2 cup banana slices (frozen preferred)

  • 1/2 cup orange juice

  • 1/2 cup soy or almond milk, or 1/2 vanilla ice cream

  • 2 tsp japanese matcha full leaf gounded powder 

Blend ingredients together in an electric blender, a martini shaker, or using an electric hand held frother. Pour into a tall glass with or without ice. Experiment with other fruit juices like mango, apricot or pineapple.



matcha tea smoothie – fruity

Boost your daily antioxidants with matcha and assorted berries.
  • 1/4 cup blueberries, raspberries or black berries – washed, frozen are OK

  • 1/2 cup yogurt

  • 1/2 cup ice

  • 2 tsp japanese matcha full leaf gounded powder 

Blend ingredients together in an electric blender. Pour into a tall class. Drink immediately. Experiment with kiwis, bananas, mangos and flavors of mint or ginger.


green tea smoothie – paleo and bullet proof

Popular with body builders and athletes.
  • your choice of protein powder

  • 1/2 banana

  • 1-2 tsp coconut oil 

  • 1tsp cinnamon

  • 1-2 tsp apanese matcha full leaf gounded powder 

Blend ingredients together in an electric blender. Drink immediately. Adjust proportions to taste.

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