In association with a2 Milk™
Matcha Green Tea Banana Smoothie
Today I’m bringing you a Matcha Green Tea & Banana Smoothie in association with a2 Milk™ which is the perfect nutritious pick me up. My teenage daughter will often have a green tea when she goes out with her friends and is partial to a banana smoothie at home so I thought I’d combine two of her favourite things in one! Having recently become a vegetarian my daughter went through a phase of giving up dairy and it seems she wasn’t alone. Recently a2 Milk™ carried out a survey of 2,000 UK adults, including over 1,000 parents, which shows that almost 1 in 5 teenage girls aged 13-19 are drinking less milk than two years ago, and 1 in 6 have cut it out of their diets altogether.
Sophie Medlin, leading dietitian and lecturer in Nutrition and Dietetics at King’s College London, suggests that this is a result of fad diets, presumed intolerances and a preference for what they perceive are ‘healthier’ plant-based alternatives. She predicts a generational health crisis of osteoporosis and poor health in the future should this trend continue. Luckily for me my daughter only gave up milk for a few weeks and reverted back to cows milk as I think she just preferred the taste. I was very pleased about this as “filks” or fake milks are not nearly as nutritious or natural.
Sophie explains that: “Unbeknownst to many, the majority of calcium needed for good bone health is stored in the body during your early years, and your opportunity for strengthening bones ends after the age of 30. Iodine is also critical for a functioning metabolism and proper growth and development. Cows’ milk is one of the richest sources of both in the UK diet”. I drank milk more than any other drink as a child and teen and can vouch for the fact that this provided me with good bone health. I remember having a bone density test at work in my late twenties I was told I had the bone density of an 18 year old, which didn’t surprise me. I also steered away from fizzy drinks on the whole which would have helped.
According to the study 19% of teenage girls had given up milk due to milk intolerance, so this is where easy to digest a2 Milk™ can offer a natural, healthy alternative. There’s nothing wacky about a2 Milk™ it’s just award winning cows’ milk that is naturally free from the A1 protein. At a2 Milk™ they select cows that naturally produce only the easy-to-digest A2 protein in their milk. Therefore it’s gentle on sensitive tummies and less likely to trigger symptoms often associated with lactose intolerance.
So back to my Matcha Green Tea Banana Smoothie, my daughter walked in the door whilst I was shooting the pictures and was literally champing at the bit to drink it. It went down really well and the glass was empty in no time. Green tea on it’s own is quite bitter but with the banana this is totally mellowed and for an extra bit of sweetness I added a touch of honey but you might not feel this necessary! This really is a delicious and healthy smoothie bringing 3 super nutritious foods together in one drink. This Matcha Green Tea Banana Smoothie would be perfect for breakfast as both bananas and Matcha boost memory and concentration so a glass before school, college or work would really set you or your teens up for the day. I think it would be particularly good on exam days! I know we’ll be making this smoothie regularly as it really is delicious!
Matcha Green Tea Banana Smoothie
- 1 large banana sliced & frozen
- ½ tsp Matcha green tea powder
- ½ tsp runny honey optional
- 200 mls a2 Milk
- Place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and serve.
Look out for special promotional “try me free” packs of a2 Milk™ which are available now and while stocks last! Then you can make my Matcha Green Tea Banana Smoothie or alternatively you might like one of these smoothies/shakes:
NB: a2 Milk™ is not suitable for people with cows’ milk protein allergy. If you have been medically diagnosed with any milk intolerance, seek advice from your doctor before use. This is a sponsored post for a2 Milk™ and all opinions are my own.