Friday, 19 August 2016

Matcha & Moringa Smoothie Bowl with Blueberry Swirl

There can never be to many smoothie bowls on this blog, right? I'm certainly too obsessed to stop.

This smoothie bowl features two different green powders, namely matcha and moringa powder. But it's important to remember that the base of one's diet should always be whole foods like fruits and vegetables, whole grains, legumes and nuts and seeds. Simple foods you'll find in any grocery store. No amount of "superfood" powders will make up for a diet of junk foods. But I like to boost my smoothies with some green powders for some extra nutrients. I mostly use barley grass or wheat grass powders which are full of minerals and chlorophyll. I've mostly used my matcha green tea powder to make hot matcha lattes, but I also like to add it to green smoothies from time to time. Moringa powder is a new one for me. When I was on vacation on the Canary Island of Fuerteventura last fall I saw lots of beautiful moringa trees, so when I spotted moringa powder in the store I knew I
had to try it. Every time I use it I think of those glorious sunny days on Fuerteventura...

Matcha green tea is powdered green tea (the entire leaf) and is full of antioxidants which protect our cells from damage.
Moringa leaf powder is made from the dried leaves of the moringa trees. It contains lots of certain vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Notably it's very rich in iron (great for us females!).

And of course I had to add my favourite "superfood" of them all, which grows abundantly for free in the forest here; the humble blueberry!

Matcha & Moringa Smoothie Bowl with Blueberry Swirl

Serves 1

1-2 frozen bananas
1 tsp moringa powder
1 tsp matcha powder
1/4 tsp vanilla powder
Juice from 1 small or 1/2 big lemon
Splash of oat milk

1/4 cup (1/2 dl) blueberries
Splash of oat milk

1. Blend banana, moringa, matcha, vanilla, lemon and a little oat milk (or other plant milk) until smooth. Pour into a bowl.
2. Mash the blueberries with a fork, add a little oat milk if needed. Add to the green smoothie and make little swirls with a spoon or fork.
3. Add some toppings; granola, pumpkin seeds, cacao nibs, goji berries etc. Enjoy!


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