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In my ongoing journey to discover the healthy benefits of Matcha green tea powder, I've been experimenting on how to incorporate it into different healthy living recipes. First was my Gluten-free Matcha Pistachio Cookie recipe which turned out pretty well if I do say so myself!
It was more along the lines of a dessert recipe so for my next experiment, I wanted something a little different...
Smoothies are a quick and popular way to get in the vitamins and minerals you need while being completely delicious. So on that note, enjoy this great beneficial smoothie recipe!
Fresh Fruit & Spinach Matcha Smoothie
Recipe adapted from jann_on of Flickr
-2 tbs blueberries
-1 pear (cut up)
-1/2 a banana (not pictured)
-1 kiwi (cut up)
-1/2-1 cup of spinach
-1-2 cups water
-1 cup ice
-1 tsp-1/2 tbsp Matcha powder
1. Blend all ingredients together and enjoy!
Optional: Smoothies are amazing in the fact that you can throw anything you want in them (within reason of course) and it usually comes out pretty good. So if you want to substitute something else for one of my ingredients or add a little somethin-somethin you think will totally make it, feel free-we'll call it culinary freedom of expression ;)
Like my Gluten-free Matcha Pistachio Cookies, the Matcha powder was definitely a prominent flavor in this smoothie drink. So much so that I probably could have cut the Matcha powder down to 1 tsp from the 1/2 tbsp I originally used if I really wanted to make the flavor more subtle.
Unfortunately my first go around was a little more powerful with the powder than I planned for, but my mom suggested adding half a banana into the batch to sweeten it up and cut the flavor a little bit.
And thanks to mom, the banana totally saved the recipe! If you know smoothies, you know bananas should always be on hand.
Both my dad and I drank this wonderful smoothie down to The. Last. Drop. Not only did we get some of our greens in, we probably got our recommended daily fruit servings for the day, too. There was a LOT of fruit in that thing!
1 4oz bag Matcha green tea powder. 2 recipes down. So many more to go.
What would YOU add to the smoothie?