matcha into spring: the season's beauty powder

Matcha Avocado Smoothie

March marks the most welcome transition into the verdant months of spring. As we wake from the restful slumber of winter and prepare for the bustle of this new season, I’m inspired by one of my favorite beauty foods: matcha.

A beautiful Japanese green tea steeped in ritual and tradition, matcha resembles the green leaves and buds that are just starting to sprout this time of year. It possesses the most delicate grassy flavor, and like other green teas, is slightly caffeinated. The caffeine in matcha, however, is unlike the jolt your daily cup of joe gives you—rather, it brings a slow steady hum of energy that sustains you for the longer, more active days that have finally arrived.

The magical thing about matcha, besides its unique zen-like stimulatory effect, is its remarkable health profile. Brimming with antioxidants that combat free radical damage from UV rays matcha is a real beauty superfood (it has even more antioxidants than pomegranates, blueberries and any other green tea!). It also uniquely possesses potent anti-cancer compounds called ECGgs, making it a powerful tool in our anti-aging arsenal.  

To celebrate the arrival of spring—and my love of matcha!—I’m sharing with you two of my favorite ways to enjoy this special tea, depending just on how spring-like the morning feels.

For chilly spring mornings:

Matcha Almond Milk Latte
Serves 1

1 ¼ cups unsweetened almond milk, warmed (not boiling!) (I prefer homemade but Elmhurst offers a clean alternative)
1 teaspoon matcha powder
2 teaspoons coconut butter (optional, but it makes it even creamier!)
1 teaspoon maple syrup (optional)

Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend on high until frothy, about 20 seconds. You don’t want to overheat the delicate matcha. Pour and enjoy!

For warm spring mornings:

Matcha Avocado Smoothie
Serves 1

1 small banana, peeled and frozen in 1” pieces*
¼ avocado, peeled and frozen in 1” pieces*
1 handful spinach leaves
1 teaspoon matcha powder
½” fresh ginger, peeled
¾ -1 cup unsweetened almond milk (I prefer homemade but Elmhurst offers a clean alternative)
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional, but it adds brightness!)

Starting with ¾ cup almond milk, blend together all ingredients in a blender until smooth and creamy. Add additional almond milk you want a thinner consistency.

*frozen fruit leads to a creamier smoothie