My Favorite Green Juice Recipe: David Mandelbaum and Jessica Lloyd


It takes a lot to get a New Yorker to stop and smell the roses, metaphorically speaking.

But for married couple David Mandelbaum and Jessica Lloyd, all it took was a cup of very special green tea, which they discovered offered a brief, easy escape from the daily grind.

The former entertainment industry exec and investor relations businesswoman left their jobs after discovering matcha at a random coffee shop in downtown Manhattan and founded Panatea, a ceremonial-grade matcha company, in 2014.

“Preparing matcha allows you to take a meditative pause,” Mandelbaum says. “You have that moment to collect yourself in our go-go-go world. Maybe you can’t commit to a 25-minute meditation or an hour-long yoga class, but you still want that moment of Zen.” (Experts also love matcha for its antioxidant-power and jitter-free energy boost.)

Panatea’s matcha is now on the menu at chic and healthy New York City restaurants like Hu Kitchen, Fat Radish, and Butcher’s Daughter.

You can also make it at home with the company’s Matcha Green Tea Set, but if the ceremonial whisking intimidates you, try adding the superfood tea (it’s a powder!) to a smoothie or juice, like this Morning Glory green smoothie, below, that Mandelbaum and Lloyd love.

Hopefully it will set you up for a day filled with more Zen-filled moments. —Jamie McKillop

Panatea 1 The Morning Glory

Makes 1 serving

2 scoops matcha
1 1/2 cups coconut water
1/2 banana
1/2 avocado
1 handful ice

Add the ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth. Pour and enjoy your matcha moment.

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(Photos: Panatea)

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