The secret behind Matcha’s potent health benefits is in its polyphenols called catechins (also found in cacao!). Matcha powder is simply the ground leaves from Camellia sinensis, which is an evergreen shrub. Once harvested, the green tea leaves are steamed then dried and finally ground into a powder. When paired with mint and coconut butter in this thrive smoothie with the 5 to thrive it becomes a deliciously refreshing, uplifting and super nutrient-dense way to start your day.
In the scientific literature, green tea has been shown to help with blood sugar regulation and weight loss. Many studies have shown that matcha can help to reverse free radicals and help support our bodies’ own detoxification systems. Likewise, research has also shown that drinking green tea regularly may help with the prevention of cancer. One meta-analysis of several observational studies found that breast cancer was reduced by 22% when women drank green tea regularly. In another study of a whopping 69,710 Chinese women participants aged 40 to 70 years old found that those who drank green tea had a 57% lower risk of developing colorectal cancer.
A study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming a tea rich in catechins for 3 months led to a significant reduction in fat mass, body weight, and waist circumference along with BMI when compared to a control group. Research has also shown that Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) found in green tea is a natural antioxidant and most of its pharmacological properties are considered to be due to their antioxidant effects. These properties are beneficial to prevent various diseases associated with increased oxidative stress and have been shown to reduce the risk of metabolic syndrome related illnesses. This sans fruit/ fruit-free thrive smoothie is just loaded with all of that green goodness to help you feel super charged and get the glow!
Looking for other varieties that are Thrive Smoothie approved? I have 7 VERY different and absolutely delicious Thrive Smoothies that have been formulated using the science to help balance your blood sugar, increase insulin sensitivity, regulate your hunger hormone, feed your good gut-buddies in your microbiota, curb sugary cravings and keep you feeling full for hours. Here are the 7: Thrive Smoothie OG, Resort-Refresh Thrive Smoothie (fruit-free), Berry-Basil Thrive Smoothie,Masala-Chai Thrive Smoothie (fruit-free), Mocha-Mousse Thrive Smoothie, Choc-PB-Nana Thrive Smoothie and this one! Don’t forget to tag me if you make this recipe on my Instagram at @thrivewithpriscilla – I love seeing your creations! Happy thriving.