I’ve entered my first ever marathon, in Amsterdam, in October. I’ve had to increase my running and decrease my cycling. Now, I’m down to one bike ride a week, so I try to make the most of it. The group I ride with do a couple of one hour rides during the week and at the moment I can only join them for one. To make the most of it I ride the ten kilometres to meet them, ride with them for an hour and then after the group ride I ride home again, rather than going in the car.
To be truthful there’s one other part to the cycling – the coffee. I ride to meet them, ride with them, have a coffee and then I ride home. Coffee is a must after or during a bike ride. Apparently, cyclists only don the lycra so they can get together for coffee. It’s just the thing to do. I think secretly there are some people who put the lycra on, drive their bike to the coffee shop, have coffee and drive home, without even riding, just to get the coffee.
All of this is done before 7am. When I get home I’m hungry, famished even. And the best way to satiate the hunger pains is to eat a good breakfast. I’ve written about my love of breakfast before – exhibit A and exhibit B and today I made a matcha smoothie bowl.
A little while ago I was given a sample of matcha and it’s been sitting in the cupboard because I didn’t know what to do with it. I’ve since discovered that matcha is a green tea powder from Japan. I’ve been out and had a matcha latte. I liked the taste of it, but the people I was with said it smelt like freshly mown grass. I’m not really selling this, am I? Don’t let the grass smelling put you off. With the banana and coconut water, it tastes like creamy yoghurt. This matcha bowl may just become your new favourite breakfast.
I dare you to give it a go. Actually, I’ll give you a choice: either try a matcha smoothie bowl or run a marathon. Let me know which one you choose. Either way, I’ll cheer you on.
There’s a whole lot of my favourite matcha products here.
Want more matcha recipes? Try these pancakes.
Matcha Smoothie Bowl
- Prep Time: 10 mins
- Total Time: 10 mins
- Yield: 1 bowl 1x
- Category: Breakfast
- Cuisine: Australian
- 1 stalk kale
- ½ large avocado ( or 1 small avocado)
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 cup coconut water
- ½ tsp matcha
- ¼ cup granola
- 1 tbsp coconut (shredded)
- Remove kale leaf from the stalk and put into a blender.
- Add the avocado, banana, coconut water and matcha.
- Blend until smooth.
- Serve topped with granola and coconut.