Raw Energy

Chicago nutritionist and health coach Karina Heinrich shares her favorite recipe for energizing your mornings with matcha.

By Karina Heinrich

Photos by LX MGMT

March 18, 2019 10:00 AM

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Matcha is the buzz-worthy superfood that’s on everyone’s lips—and for good reason. The powdered green tea contains a whopping 137 times more antioxidants than your average, brewed green tea. My favorite way to make matcha a part of my mornings? A matcha, coconut and almond butter smoothie bowl topped with mixed berries. Add on protein-rich almonds, the healthy fats found in shaved coconut and potassium-packed bananas, and you have an easy-to-make powerhouse breakfast that will give you the energy to get after your day.  

Pro tip: Be sure to use a high-quality matcha that’s sourced from Japan. There are many excellent matcha choices available on the market, and one of my top favorites is the Vital Proteins Matcha Collagen ($49 for 12 oz) for two reasons: Vital Proteins sources its matcha from real Japanese matcha green tea that’s rich in antioxidants, fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins. And because they add in collagen from grass-fed, pasture-raised bovine hide for healthy hair, skin and nails.

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Japanese matcha green tea is rich in antioxidants, fiber, chlorophyll and vitamins.

MATCHA COCONUT ALMOND BUTTER SMOOTHIE BOWL RECIPE

INGREDIENTS (serves 2):  

1 cup of frozen banana (break into large chunks and freeze ahead) 

2 2-ounce packs of frozen coconut meat purée

4 teaspoons matcha powder (organic high quality matcha)

2 tablespoons raw organic almond butter 

½ cup filtered water

1 cup organic cleaned mix of blueberries, raspberries and blackberries 

¼ cup of raw organic almonds (slivered or crushed) 

PREP: 

Combine the frozen banana, coconut, matcha powder, raw almond butter and water in a powerful blender until the mixture is smooth. Add additional water if needed to create a smooth consistency. 

Pour into 2 bowls, add the fresh berries and almonds on top and enjoy!

Karina Heinrich, International Certified Integrative Nutritionist and Accountability Health Coach, achieves unmatched success in helping clients reach optimal wellness and weight loss through her breakthrough nutrition movement, The Karina Method. @thekarinamethod