Matcha is everywhere right now, but I’m not mad about it. Because matcha is delicious. Especially in this vanilla matcha protein shake. Firstly though, you may be asking yourself, but what is matcha?
Simply put, matcha is green tea leaf powder. Matcha is packed with phytonutrients that bring a host of health benefits. Like combating free radicals, weight loss promotion and immune system support. It also contains a type of caffeine that gives you a smoother buzz.
Yeah, you heard that right – a smoother buzz. That’s because matcha contains L-theanine, a unique amino acid that assists in boosting alpha waves in the brain. And these alpha waves promote a certain sense of calm and mental clarity. So it’s no coincidence that lots of people are trading in their cup of coffee for a matcha latte.
Matcha is green tea’s grassier, earthier sister. The flavor is strong, but mellow. Earthy, but subtly sweet and pleasant. I love a good oat milk matcha latte. I love matcha in frozen treats like ice cream and matcha popsicles. And I love a great matcha protein shake like this one.
Tips to make a great matcha protein shake.
All you need are a few quality ingredients including a great vanilla protein powder that you like and trust. Because like matcha, not all protein powders are created equal. I really enjoy this vanilla protein powder because it is free of dairy, nut, soy, pea and gluten.
This vanilla matcha protein shakes uses baby spinach to enhance its color with more phytonutrients. Just combine it all in a blender and process until smooth. And a really great matcha powder. This matcha protein shake is great for a balanced breakfast or as a post workout recovery snack or as an afternoon snack or lunch on the go. And the best part is that it tastes indulgent enough to satisfy a sweet tooth moment.
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- handful baby spinach (or kale)
- 1 teaspoon matcha
- 1/8 teaspoon pink Himalayan salt
- handful ice
- honey (optional)
- Place all of the ingredients in blender and blend until smooth.
- Taste, and if desired add a touch of honey (or your favorite sweetener) and pulse once more to combine.
- Pour the shake into a glass and enjoy.