There is a smoothie and then there is a green matcha smoothie.
Are you guys tea fans? Beyond green tea lies this trendy superfood called matcha.
I have been trying to find another way to get that pick-me-up first thing in the morning to curb my love of coffee.
“Green matcha lattes” have been highlighted on the chalkboard menus at many cafes in my neighborhood these days. They cost almost $6 for a small size (gotta love NYC), so I decided that I could probably make something delicious with matcha on my own!
I was intrigued when I first heard about green matcha. Matcha is less processed than green tea and it’s health benefits are extensive.
It is known to improve mental clarity, cognitive function, physical activation as well as relaxation. This brain food also fights cancer-causing free radicals because it is LOADED with antioxidants.
Did you know that matcha has over 137 times more antioxidants than brewed green tea? This stuff is really amazing! It boosts your health AND your energy.
Powdered green tea – also known as matcha – tastes crazy good when combined with coconut milk and vanilla extract. This smoothie is such a yummy way to start the day or to have post workout with your favorite plant-based protein.
The frozen banana in this recipe makes it chilled to perfection and gives this smoothie some extra body. The almond butter in this shake adds great flavor and protein. Some of my clients use peanut butter instead, but I use almond butter whenever possible.
As I mentioned, coconut pairs very well with matcha, so I go coco-crazy and throw in canned coconut milk, coconut flakes AND coconut almond milk. This shake is delicious, creamy and dairy free!
Matcha Smoothie Author: Michele Wolfson Prep time: 5 mins Cook time: 5 mins Total time: 10 mins Serves: 1 A delicious dairy-free shake. Add 1 scoop of your favorite plant-based protein to make this into a post-workout meal. Adapted mostly by: http://nutritionstripped.com/green-matcha-milkshake/
Author: Michele Wolfson
- ⅔ cup canned full fat coconut milk
- 1 cup coconut almond milk
- 1 frozen banana
- 2 teaspoons Green Tea Matcha powder
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- ⅓ cup shredded unsweetened coconut
- ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
- Pinch of sea salt, adjust to taste
- Using a high-speed blender, combine all ingredients in the blender and blend until smooth.
- Enjoy immediately!