However, the one time I need to make an exception is with matcha green tea. Matcha green tea is powdered green tea leaves, which is far more potent than drinking green tea. Because of the potency and bitterness that comes with it, combined with its ability to be made into hangover fighting machine, I make it into a delicious, antioxidant-rich power smoothie.
Matcha green tea is high in l-theanine, an amino acid that has been proven to protect against the damaging effects of alcohol on the liver. Also high in polyphenol antioxidants, this super-smoothie can help fight free radicals damaging your cells after your night out drinking.
Combined with some other super foods, this smoothie will help you with your hangover woes! Read below to hear why I included each ingredient.
RECIPE: Matcha Green Tea Recovery Smoothie
½ cup coconut water (for electrolytes)
½ avocado (for heart healthy monounsaturated fats. Avocados also just taste good in smoothies)!
½ cup Greek Yogurt (for protein. I use 2% fat) + 1 dollop for garnish
A few handfuls of baby spinach (for antioxidants and adds a beautiful green colour)
1 frozen banana (for potassium – an electrolyte, and fructose – aka natural fruit sugar to stabilize blood sugar)
1 tsp Matcha Green Tea Powder + a sprinkle for garnish
1 Tbsp Honey (Optional. Will help stabilize blood sugar, especially if you used unsweetened coconut water).
- Blend all ingredients together in a blender. Pour into a glass.
- Top with a dollop for garnish and sprinkle with a bit of matcha green tea powder.
Makes 1 serving.
It’s important to note that there has been little evidence that consuming high levels of matcha green tea (being more potent as a tea in powdered form) can put you at greater risk for lead poisoning. With all evidence, use your common sense. No more than 1 cup daily should be consumed (~1 tsp matcha green tea), and it not recommended for children. Remember, if you have any health conditions that you think may be an issue with consuming matcha green tea, consult your doctor or registered dietitian for advice.