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cottercrunch.com · Mar 16, 2017

Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie

This Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie is a great way to start the day! An energizing Make ahead smoothie packed with antioxidants, fiber, and probiotics! Just blend it up that green goodness the night before and enjoy the next morning. The Perfect “Green” smoothie breakfast on the go, or anytime!

HAPPY almost GREEN day! As in St. Patricks day! Actually, it’s the day before but you get my point. Time to bust out the Irish Cream, Cabbage, and all the Green Food. But here’s the thing, since this Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie is an overnight recipe, I figured I better post it a day head. Duh, right?

Here’s the other thing. I actually had no intention of making this recipe until I busted out my matcha this week. I then realized I had an AWESOME old matcha smoothie that I could use and probably update. Cause, um, it’s ridiculously old matcha recipe that didn’t even have a plugin.

Here’s the third thing… hang with me here.

My dilemma. That post? Gosh, it’s all about pre-race triathlon tips and the health perks of matcha. I really had a hard time updating it. It’s kinda like looking back at old photos of your ex boyfriend. You had good memories. The heart ache is still there, but all in all that relationship made you grow. So why throw out or “replace” that photo. In my case, that photo was a memorable walk down my husband’s triathlon career (me as “sherpa wife.”).

So here’s what I am going to do. Am doing. I’m going to celebrate that post by reposting the MATCHA health perks and the NEW improved recipe today. Just in time for St. Patrick’s day.

St Patrick’s day also reminds me of my Nana. It is her birthday. And you know what she would say? She would quote me Psalm 118:24 and say REJOICE! Celebrate the JOY of TODAY!



That being said, let’s talks MATCHA and Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie. Mmm k?

What is Matcha and Why is so flippin awesome in a breakfast smoothie? Ohh.. you’re gonna love this!

Matcha is finely ground powder from a certain type of green tea, usually from Japan. The powder is made and processed when the green tea leaves are shaded from the sun for the last few weeks of their growth. This increases the nutrients and the green color of the tea. Then it’s ground into a powder. Make sense?

Health Benefits of Matcha Green Tea Powder:

  • Provides instant energy without you feeling jittery.
  • Rich in antioxidants
  • Calms and relaxes the brain- Matcha is rich in L-theanine which create alpha waves in the nervous system. These waves produce a so called “relaxed alertness”. I should really add this for my foods that reduce stress meal plan, cause it’s SUPER useful!
  • Rich in vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium All my favorite vitamins and minerals!
  • Fights against viruses and bacteria
  • Lowers blood sugar
  • Does not raise insulin levels

Great in lattes or even just mixed in oatmeal! Matcha is basically it’s the powerhouse of TEA’s!

Now that we’ve got the nutrition dialed in, let’s get that overnight smoothie ready! Yes, Matcha can be quite bitter, but I’ve got a remedy for that with this Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie.

p.s I added Kefir yogurt to this to make it EXTRA nourishing for that gut. But use coconut yogurt if you’re looking for dairy free or vegan option. Just as tasty! YEAAA!

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Yields 2 to 2.5

Chia Matcha Overnight Breakfast Smoothie {Gluten Free, Vegan Friendly}

Overnight chia matcha Breakfast smoothie - Energizing Breakfast to go! Gluten Free, Vegan Friendly.

24 hrPrep Time

24 hrTotal Time

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Ingredients

  • 10 -12 ounces Coconut yogurt or Kefir yogurt (Plain or Vanilla) (Use Coconut yogurt for Vegan Option. See notes for brand)
  • 2-4 tsp matcha powder
  • banana
  • Cinnamon
  • 6-8 oz Vanilla almond or coconut milk
  • Optional but recommended – 1 scoop vanilla protein (plant based or collagen protein work great)
  • 1/4 cup chia seed (2 tbsp per cup)
  • 1/4 cup to 1/3 cup to gluten free oats or granola
  • 1 tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add yogurt/ kefir , banana, milk, and protein to a blend until smooth. Add your matcha powder (carefully), and cinnamon. The more matcha you use, the stronger the green tea taste, adjust accordingly. Blend again.
  2. This blend makes two servings or more. So set out 2 bowls or 2 glasses (one large if you want to use if for multiple days) In a small bowl or glass, add 2 tbsp of chia seed into each bowl or glass. Then add 2 -3 tbsp or more of your oats. Pour half your matcha smoothie into each bowl or cup.
  3. Mix each cup and let it sit over night in fridge.
  4. The next morning, top each bowl/cup with extra oats or granola, chia, and maple syrup.
  5. I also made a little matcha latte and poured extra on top of that before eating.
Recipe Type: breakfast/smoothie

Notes

Here's the matcha powder bought from Amazon.

Plain coconut yogurt for vegan option

6.6.15 http://www.cottercrunch.com/chia-matcha-overnight-breakfast-smoothie/

Nutrition for 2 Servings without the additional sweeteners added.


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What’s your favorite way to use Matcha? Are wearing green tomorrow?

I’m just going to carry this drink around all day. Sound good?

Cool.

Cheers!

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