Let’s take a break from all things pumpkin spice. Need a little sunshine in your day? I’ve got just the thing.
At this time of year with the weather becoming colder and wetter, many of our immune systems take a bit of a hit. Already the second wave of fall colds is making its way around my office, and this one seems to be a doozy.
You already know that a green smoothie is a great way to get some extra veg into your day, but this smoothie is a little greener than usual and an antioxidant extravaganza due to the addition of matcha powder.
Matcha is straight, stoneground green tea leaves. Because matcha is fully consumed (as opposed to discarding the leaves) it provides you with green tea’s full arsenal of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. To even begin to match the potency found in a single serving of matcha, you would need to drink at least ten cups of brewed green tea. Pow!
I got the idea for this smoothie after I attempted a matcha chia pudding that turned out all wrong, but not wanting to waste the chia or the matcha (that stuff ain’t cheap!) I tossed the pudding into a smoothie. And it was fantastic!
The matcha powder is blended with chunks of frozen mango and banana, chia seeds, almond milk, spinach, and a touch of lime juice. The grassy flavour of matcha really complements the mango, and the lime give the whole thing a little zip plus makes the nutrients in the spinach more easily absorbed by our bodies.
And you know what makes this smoothie taste even better? Slurpin’ it on up through one of these gorgeous glass straws from Glass Dharma.
I’m super keen on sustainable products, so I was thrilled when the people at Glass Dharma contacted me and asked if I’d like to try their straws. I was intrigued the idea of them, and when they arrived, I was immediately in love.
Paper straws are cute and all, but I’ve come to the conclusion that the only thing they’re really good for is food photography props. Does anyone actually like drinking through them? Everything just ends up tasting like wet paper. And plastic straws aren’t doing anyone any favours, plugging up our landfills and washing up on beaches. No thanks. Plus you know that thing where you’re drinking down a smoothie that’s a bit on the chunky side and plastic straws just collapse with the effort of trying to suck up that chunk? That never happens with a glass straw! Glass straws are where it’s at!
There are so many great choices from Glass Dharma. They’ve got short straws, long straws, thick straws, and thin straws. They’ve even got one specially sized for bubble tea! My favourite, though, is the bent straw. Isn’t in beautiful?!
The glass straws from Glass Dharma are not only beautiful, but they’re sustainably produced, reusable, and you guys, they have a lifetime guarantee.
GlassDharma straws are made from borosilicate glass, the safest and strongest glass commercially available; they are even dishwasher and microwave safe! But if for some reason you do manage to break your straw, the nice people at Glass Dharma will replace it. How cool is that?
Even cooler, my friends, is that Glass Dharma has offered to send some of their fabulous glass straws to one of my dear readers. Better yet, because Glass Dharma is awesome, this giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. That’s right, no matter where you are in the world all you need to do is leave a comment on this post letting us know why you’d love some beautiful glass straws in your life, and you’ll be eligible to win a $25 gift code for Glass Dharma.
You can earn bonus entries by following The Muffin Myth and Glass Dharma on instagram, and liking our Facebook pages. Please leave separate comments for each entry, as comments will be threaded and counted. On Sunday October 26th I’ll choose a winner via random number generator.
Matcha is straight stoneground green tea leaves. It’s packed with antioxidants, and is said to boost metabolism. All those antioxidants work to naturally detoxify your body from free radicals. Matcha is also calming and helps relax us, enhances mood, and aids in concentration. Matcha is rich in vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium.
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 1½ cups frozen mango chunks
- 1 frozen banana, cut into chunks
- 2 Tbsp chia seeds
- ½ tsp matcha powder
- 2 cups almond milk
- juice of ½ a lime
- Place all ingredients in the jar of a blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve immediately, with a glass straw.
Disclaimer: I was sent a selection of straws from Glass Dharma to review. All opinions are my own.