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4 Matcha Recipes That'll Make You Love Matcha More - Get Healthy With Valentina!

4 Matcha Recipes That'll Make You Love Matcha More - Get Healthy With Valentina!

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Matcha is my new love interest. I'm sure you've heard the benefits of drinking regular-brewed green tea, but matcha takes it to a whole new level. Matcha has become so popular that recipe creators found other creative ways to use this potent tea outside of the realm of beverages. I've seen matcha pop up as an ingredient in many recipes and I've always been very curious to try it. Being the green tea enthusiast that I am, I got hooked on matcha. #ShowMeTheMay and learn about some of the health benefits of matcha tea:

  • High in Antioxidants
  • Eases anxiety
  • Boosts Memory and Concentration
  • Increases Energy Levels and Endurance
  • Burns Calories
  • Detoxifies the Body

Matcha recipe round up from the PumpUp Blog

Coconut-Lime Matcha Cooler

Coconut lime matcha cooler from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 8ounces coconut water
  • 1tsp. matcha
  • ice
  • lime

Directions 

Shake coconut water and matcha together in a martini shaker (or a bottle), pour over ice and add a squirt of lime. Add some lime slices. Enjoy!

Matcha Muffins

Matcha muffin recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 2.5 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1 cup plain low fat greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp matcha powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 TBSP ground flax seed
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 ripe bananas

Directions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray tin with non-stick cooking spray or line 12 muffin tins with silicone or foil liners. Place the oats in the food processor and pulse for about 10 seconds.  Add remaining ingredients to the food processor.  Process until everything is mixed together and oats are smooth. Divide batter among cupcake liners, and bake for 18-20 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.

Dairy-Free Matcha Latte

Dairy free matcha latte recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients

  • 1 teaspoon green tea powder
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/2 cup simmering milk (I used almond milk)
  • 2 teaspoons Agave syrup or sweetener of your choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract or vanilla powder 

Directions

First mix the vanilla powder and the agave nectar. In a cup, add green tea powder. And add hot water, 2 tablespoons. Whisk carefully until green tea powder is completely dissolved. If you pour the water all at once, there will be green tea powder lumps, which is the least wanted here. Then add the agave and vanilla mix and stir until combined.

Now froth the simmering milk. If you don’t have a frother, you can pour it into a jar: fill your jar with more no more than halfway full so there’s room to make some foam. Shake the jar with the lid on. Take the lid off the jar. And heat the milk. Add milk foam into green tea. Dust with cinnamon and serve. Enjoy! 

Matcha Yogurt

Matcha yogurt recipe from the PumpUp Blog

Ingredients:

  • 1tsp. matcha
  • 1c. Greek yogurt
  • Agave syrup
  • Mixed Berries

Directions

Add matcha to Greek yogurt and mix. Add berries to a cup. Then add the yogurt. Top with more berries and a drizzle of agave. And Enjoy!

With Love,

Valentina

These matcha recipes are part of a series of monthly posts by Valentina M. Follow her on Instagram @thehealthymexican9 and on PumpUp @thehealthymexican.

PumpUp's Best Smoothie Recipes of 2014

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The Best PumpUp Smoothie Recipes of 2014

A smoothie a day keeps the sadness away! Detox from the turkey (and the cookies, and the stuffing) by sipping on these delicious and nutritious recipes of liquid perfection. PumpUp members are the smoothest smoothie gurus you’ll ever meet. 

Click through for pop culture puns and for #TeamPumpUp’s picks of our community’s best smoothie recipes of 2014. 

The Breakfast Club Breakfast Smoothie Bowl

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member @kieraeleanor

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup frozen mangoes
  • 1 cup frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Organic coconut flakes and protein granola, to garnish

I Keep on Fallin’ for this smoothie

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member @randiashley

  • 3 dates
  • 1 apple
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/4 cup raw coconut flakes
  • 1 cup coconut water
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • handful of ice

Blue is the warmest colour and the best smoothie

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member @jaade_

  • 3/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 banana
  • 3/4 cup frozen blueberries
  • splash of vanilla

It’s Easy Being Green smoothie

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member @lilmisssmiley

  • 1 cup spinach 
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 0.5-1 cup frozen mango
  • 0.5-1 cup almond milk

The Pineapple of our Eye Smoothie

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member @camilavb12

  • 3 pineapple slices
  • 1/2 cup of lactose free milk or almond milk
  • Ice
  • 10 or more blueberries to garnish

Pretty in Pink Smoothie

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member @smoothiegurl

  • 1 banana
  • 5 big strawberries
  • Some orange juice
  • A handful of raspberries
  • Ice

It Takes Two to Mango Tango Smoothie

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member @_harleyjade_

  • 1 mango
  • Handful of strawberries
  • Handfuls of spinach
  • Splash of milk

Banana Berry-Good Oat Smoothie

Recipe courtesy of PumpUp member @_sierra_

  • 2 bananas
  • 1/4 cup quick oats
  • 1/2 cup Frozen blueberries
  • Cashew milk, to taste

Healthy Green Juice Smoothie

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It’s pretty easy being green with PumpUp member @jessischill’s awesome smoothie recipe! 1 banana, 3 chopped dates, 2 cups spinach, 1.5 cups unsweetened vanilla almond milk. You won’t be a Grinch at all. Instead, you’ll be jingling all the way for the rest of your day!

The 12 Days of PumpUp Swag: Day 1 (Smoothie)

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Deck the halls with wonderful #smoothies! PumpUp member lilmisssmiley does it again with this green #SmoothieSunday recipe:

1 cup spinach
1 frozen banana
0.5-1 cup frozen mango
0.5-1 cup almond milk.

To win a PumpUp shaker bottle, open up the app, tag your winter smoothie recipes with #SmoothieSeries and comment on this pic!

Mango Banana Smoothie Madness

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PumpUp member amber_hitchens’ mango banana smoothie will wake you up before you go-go! 1 ripe banana, 1 mango, 1 tsp honey, 1/2 cup low fat milk, 1/2 cup low fat yogurt. #SpreadPositivity this month by sharing your favorite winter Smoothie Sunday recipes! Add #SmoothieSeries to the caption if you have a great recipe to share

Smoothie Sunday: Banana Cinnamon Smoothie

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We’re going bananas for PumpUp member lilmisssmiley’s banana cinnamon smoothie!

Ingredients

  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 0.5-1 cup almond milk
  • 0.5-1 tsp vanilla
  • 0.5-1 teaspoon cinnamon

Sip away on Smoothie Sunday! Have a great winter smoothie recipe to share? We’ll feature it in December! Tag your smoothie recipes on PumpUp and Instagram with #SmoothieSeries and #SpreadPositivity! 

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Smoothie Sunday: Mango-Blueberry Layered Smoothie

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Layer up in the best way with this mango-blueberry smoothie

We get it. It’s currently freezing and you’re layering up your clothes. When eternal sunshine is but a daydream, you feel smoothie-scared that you’ll be colder. Drink up and layer up with @cleanveganpam’s #8217;s mango-blueberry smoothie. It’s a refreshing taste of paradise. 

Ingredients

Bottom Layer

  • 1/2 fresh mango
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup coconut water

Top Layer

  • 1/2 fresh mango
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries

Instructions

Blend bottom layer first, then pour desired amount into jar or cup. Rinse, then blend top layer ingredients and pour on top. Serve with fruit or nuts, to garnish.

Hella great fruit smoothie recipe

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Orange you glad about this yummy fruit smoothie from PumpUp member bakercat? (She’s a pastry arts major trying to stay in shape!)
1 banana, several scoops of strawberry yogurt, a bit of orange juice, and a cup of ice! Blend away and enjoy Smoothie Sunday!

This Banana Blueberry Smoothie 'Blue' our minds

blueberry smoothie pumpup This banana blueberry smoothie from PumpUp member @jaade_ ‘blue’ our minds!

Ingredients 3/4 cup water 3/4 cup greek yogurt 1 banana 3/4 cup frozen blueberries Pure vanilla extract, to taste.

It’s blue-tiful! Got a smoothie to share? Tag your fave recipes on PumpUp with #SmoothieSunday!

Pretty in Pink Raspberry Strawberry Smoothie

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Pretty in Pink Smoothie

This smoothie is pretty. It’s pink. Almost as if straight out of a John Hughes movie, this delectable drink is as healthy as it is fresh. PumpUp’s @smoothiegurl has tons of recipes to quench your thirst, the smoothie way. 

Ingredients

  • 1 banana
  • 5 big strawberries
  • Some orange juice
  • A handful of raspberries
  • Ice

Blend all ingredients till smooth

Berry Good Smoothie

Try PumpUp member @Dray’s Berry Good smoothie for smoothie Sunday! Blend together:

  • 1 cup mixed berries
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp chia
  • Spiralina powder (optional)

Let us know how you like it! What are you preparing for smoothie sunday? Comment below or reblog with your answer!

Pina Colada Smoothie

If you like piña coladas, you’ll LOVE Dray’s picture-perfect piña colada smoothie for #SmoothieSunday!

Use 1 cup of pineapple, 1/2 cup fresh or frozen mango, 1 cup coconut water, 1/2 banana, and a bit of unsweetened coconut. Blend all together and sprinkle more coconut on top.

Check out the video on our Vine: vine.co/pumpupapp. Dray will be making smoothie videos for us all month long :)

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