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This Energizing Matcha Lime Smoothie Will Help You Wake Up Without the Caffeine Spike

Kick-start your day with this rich, creamy matcha smoothie instead of coffee to avoid disruptive caffeine highs and lows.

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matcha smoothie
GABRIEL CABRERA

Is getting out of bed in the morning a struggle? Kick-start your day with this rich, creamy smoothie instead of coffee and avoid disruptive caffeine highs and lows. Matcha, a type of green tea from Japan, contains caffeine but causes a steady energy boost rather than a spike. Arugula, flaxseed, and maca (called “Peruvian ginseng” because of its natural stimulating qualities, which are similar to the benefits found in the commonly known ginseng-related herbs) support your estrogen levels. Cinnamon effectively stabilizes blood-sugar levels.

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Excerpted from Cooking for Hormone Balance by Magdalena Wszelaki, HarperOne, 2018. Reprinted with permission.

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups filtered water

    1 cup loosely packed fresh arugula leaves or mixed greens, such as baby spinach, mizuna, or lettuce

    ½ ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and sliced

    1 Medjool date, pitted

    4 Brazil nuts

    3 tbsp freshly squeezed lime juice

    2 tbsp ground flaxseed

    1 tbsp ghee

    1 tbsp maca

    1½ tbsp hemp seed

    1 tsp freshly ground ginger root

    1 tsp matcha green tea

    ¼ tsp ground cinnamon

    Dash of sea salt

Preparation

Add all of the ingredients to a blender and purée until silky smooth.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1