Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Fresh Fruit & Spinach Matcha Smoothie Recipe

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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



Ingredients: 

-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?







20 comments:

Melissa Pezza said...

This looks absolutely delicious!

Ellen said...

I don't think I've ever tried matcha before. I need to check it out.

Whispered Inspirations said...

Hmm, this looks delish. Mine always turn out brown too. Hehe. So good.

Jennifer S. said...

I need to get some of this stat. Have you ever had a Starbucks green tea frappuccino??? You should try to do a copycap recipe of that!!!

Kristin Wheeler said...

Looks super healthy! I may need to add this into my diet!

AMBER EDWARDS said...

I have never heard of Matcha powder before. But I love what I am reading here. And that shake just looks amazingly delicious! Yum!

Sofia said...

Never heard of Matcha before. I'll have to check it out further.

Liza @ Views From the 'Ville said...

I saw a smoothie recipe on Pinterest earlier today that used Matcha and I had no idea what it was. Now I do! What good timing :)

Liz @ A Nut in a Nutshell said...

I agree about bananas. They do save the day with smoothies many times, and this whole thing sounds good. I've never heard of the powder before, but I'm totally willing to try.

tammilee said...

This sounds delicious. I love starting the day with a smoothie

A Mom's Take said...

That sounds yummy!! I would add strawberries, because I'm strawberry obsessed!

Kathleen Garber said...

I've never heard of Matcha either. I'm not a big smoothie fan but I agree that bananas are good for lots of things.

Mistee Dawn said...

I'm not sure what I would add to it. Looks good just like that. Thanks for the recipe.

Joanna Sormunen said...

Banana is amazing in smoothies! I used to do banana blueberry smoothies. And you really do not need anything else. No sugar, nothing. Banana makes it sweet and gives it the smoothie consistency.

Melanie said...

YUMMM.. I love Smoothies and Kiwi is my favorite..soo gonna give this a try, thanks for a great recipe

Cindy said...

I'd like to try this and the banana sounds like the perfect addition!

Chrishelle Ebner said...

We are a smoothie household. I have done the spinach thing before without much success. Your recipe is different than any other I have seen with spinach. We will have to give it a try.

Crocheted Little Things said...

Good for you for trying to use that stuff up. I still can't stand it and I'm not sure what kind of review I'm going to write :/

•´.¸¸.•¨¯`♥.Erin.♥´¯¨•.¸¸.´• said...

Yum! Looks sooo good. I think I'd add some kale. Because, really - you can't go wrong with kale! :)

Colette S said...

This looks very healthy. I love anything with spinach.

I'd add yogurt :)

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