Adding matcha tea powder to your smoothie is a surefire way to slim. Made from finely ground green tea leaves, matcha is dissolved in liquid rather than steeped, to deliver a more concentrated dose of antioxidants. Just 1 tsp. of matcha packs the same amount of slimming EGCG (epigallocatechin gallate) as 10 cups of brewed tea. EGCG, the active ingredient in green tea, activates an enzyme that prompts muscle cells to preferentially burn belly fat for fuel. In one study, this effect helped subjects given EGCG lose 3.7 inches from their waistline over 12 weeks—without making other lifestyle changes.
What's more, a daily dose of matcha can reduce the formation of new fat tissue by 45 percent, report Penn State researchers. That’s because the tea’s EGCG switches on genes that prevent immature fat cells from taking in fat and growing or maturing. To get the slenderizing effects of matcha, try this yummy sip.
Here's the delicious recipe:
2 cups frozen blackberries and/or raspberries
1/2 banana, sliced and frozen
2 tsp. matcha tea powder
1 cup almond milk
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