Creamy Matcha Hemp Smoothie

This smoothie sure was a delicious, creamy way to start off my week!  Breakfast smoothies ftw!

Ingredients:

1 frozen banana

2 Medjool dates

1-2 C spinach, packed

1/4-1/2 avocado

1-4 Tbsp. hemp protein (optional)

1 tsp. matcha green tea powder’

1/2-1 C unsweetened hemp milk

Directions:

Add everything to your blend and blend until smooth.  Enjoy!

Raspberry Matcha Nicecream

I kept seeing pictures of nicecream (banana ice cream) on Instagram, so I figured that I better see what all of the hype was about, and oh, my, am I glad that I did!   Nicecream is a great way to have a sweet, cold treat and eat tasty fruit!  It’s definitely going to become one of my go-to’s on a hot day, and I can’t wait to try making it different ways.

Ingredients:

2+ frozen bananas

1C frozen raspberries

1/2 tsp. matcha (next time I will use 1 tsp. because I want to taste the tea more)

1C unsweetened vanilla flax milk

Directions:

Add the bananas, raspberries, and milk to your blender and blend until smooth.  You can either add the matcha to the entire smoothie, or take out half of the smoothie, reserving it in a separate glass, and add the matcha to the remaining half of the mixture in the blender, and blend again until smooth, topping off the glass with it after you are finished.  Enjoy!

Mango Matcha Smoothie

It seems that all of my natural remedies for sinus pressure and congestion are working (see previous two blog posts), because when I woke up this morning, I had some of my taste back and even have more energy! To keep myself properly nourished while my immune system recovers, I added some extra fruit to my smoothie this morning [kiwi is high in vitamins C & K, bananas have potassium and are rich in pectin (which helps digestion), and mangoes and plums have antioxidants], along with matcha (again, packed with antioxidants, which help the process of cleansing the body), ginger (anti-inflammatory), and greens (also packed with vitamins).

Ingredients:

1 1/2 C Spinach

1/2-1 C Kale

1 Frozen banana

1/2-1 tsp. Matcha green tea powder

1 C Water

2 Ice cubes

1/2 in. Finger of ginger

1/2 Mango

1 Plum (take the pit out!)

1 Kiwi, peeled

1/2 C Water

*For a colder smoothie, freeze the mango, plum, and kiwi overnight*

Directions:

Add spinach, kale, frozen banana, matcha, ginger, and 1 C water to blender and blend until smooth.  Add two ice cubes.  Blend again until smooth.  Empty contents into glass.  Rinse out blender.  Add mango, plum, kiwi, and remaining water to the blender and blend until smooth. Empty contents into glass, and enjoy!  You can reverse the order as well, because the mango layer of the smoothie will be noticeably thicker than the spinach layer.

Zingiberaceae (ginger family) Wellness Smoothie

I’m still feeling under the weather, but this zingiberaceae (ginger family, which includes ginger and turmeric, and is well known for reducing inflammation) smoothie that I put together this morning actually seems to be helping with the inflammation of my sinuses, along with the Olbas cough syrup that I picked up from Outpost yesterday [which is an all-natural cough syrup made from honey, Olbas oil (A Swiss blend of peppermint, eucalyptus, cajeput, juniper, wintergreen, and clove oil), thyme, licorice, plantain, horse chestnut, and pine, and retails for around $8], and the 20-minute “Yoga for when you’re sick” video that I did earlier, and which you can find if you follow this link: https://youtu.be/n5YvtYXSocw

Ingredients:

1 C Spinach

1/2 C-1 C Kale

1 Frozen banana

1/2 in. finger of ginger (or less, if you don’t like ginger that much)

1 tsp. culinary matcha

1/2 a mango

1 frozen banana

1/2 in. (or less) finger of ginger

1/8-1tsp. turmeric (this really depends on whether or not you want to taste the turmeric)

1 1/2 C water

ice

Directions:

Blend the spinach, kale, one banana, one of the pieces of ginger, matcha, and about 1 C of water in a blender until smooth (adding the ice at the end if you wish to have a colder smoothie).  Empty contents into a glass.  Rinse out blender.  Blend the remaining ingredients in the blender until smooth.  Top off glass.  Stir if you wish. Enjoy!

A few other things that I’m doing for my cold/sinus infection are:

+Putting hot compresses on my face for 5 minutes or so every few hours

+Drinking lots of tea and water

+Using a eucalyptus tea tree chest rub that’s made by Tea Tree Therapy, which I bought back in January at my local health food store for $5 on sale (normally $8 I think), and which I still have over half a jar of.  This is a great natural chest rub to use, and I highly recommend using it as a substitution to Vick’s and the like.  You can also put a small bit underneath your nose and on the soles of your feet for extra relief!

+Getting more rest!

Peppermint Plum Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients:

Handful of kale

Handful of spinach

1 tsp. culinary grade matcha green tea powder (which gives nice, calm energy, and is packed with more antioxidants than normal green tea)

4 Tbsp. Hemp protein powder (I use Just Hemp Foods, which I purchase on Amazon for less than $11/container, and the containers last me about a week and half-two weeks, making it one of the most affordable plant-based protein powders available)

1 frozen banana

1 plum

2 pitted Medjool dates

Fresh peppermint

3-4 ice cubes

1 C cold water

Directions:

Add the kale and spinach to your blender, then add the matcha powder and hemp protein followed by the fruit, ice, and water.  Blend until smooth and enjoy!