Matcha Smoothie

Matcha Smoothie

This cold and creamy matcha green tea smoothie or smoothie bowl is packed with healthy ingredients. A matcha smoothie makes a refreshing and nourishing breakfast or snack.  

Matcha in smoothie form is a fun change though, and you’ll see versions of them at places like Jamba Juice, Whole Foods, and even Starbucks. This matcha smoothie recipe is perhaps the healthiest of those I’ve seen around, as it has no processed ingredients or refined sugars, and gets a superfood boost from undetectable chia seeds and spinach. I mean hey, if it’s already green, why not sneak in a handful of spinach, right? According to my favorite nutrition doctor, Dr. Greger, green tea has some incredible health benefits!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup almondmilk (plus more as needed)
  • 1 banana, peeled, sliced, and frozen
  • 1 teaspoon matcha powder
  • 1 cup fresh baby spinach, packed
  • 1-2 pitted Medjool dates (see note)
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 3 cubes ice
  • 3 strawberries, sliced
  • a few blueberries
  • pinch of shredded coconut

Preparation

Pour the almond milk into the blender. Top with banana, matcha powder, spinach, dates, and chia seeds. Place the blender lid on and blend. Stop and scrape down the sides (with blender off) as needed. For a thick smoothie bowl add just enough liquid to turn the blender blade and be patient. For a thinner, drinkable smoothie, add more liquid. Blend until all green spinach bits are gone. Transfer to a glass or bowl. Top with fruit and coconut if desired and enjoy right away!


I've used dates as a natural sweetener here, but for a lower calorie and sugar option you could omit them and use a few drops of stevia. Add a scoop of your favorite vanilla protein powder if desired.

I’ve had matcha in the pantry just waiting for a gorgeous looking recipe like this! The vibrant color and oh so creamy texture have me sold 🙂 Can’t wait to try it!

- Miami Food Network -

WHAT IS MATCHA?

You know the typical green tea that’s either used as a loose tea or in tea bags? That’s made from dried green tea leaves that one steeps in hot water to brew. Matcha, on the other hand, is made by grinding the tea leaves into a fine powder. The powder is so fine, that it is not steeped like loose tea or tea bags, but dissolved in water.

 

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