Delicious and Healthy Matcha Smoothie Recipes
If you love matcha, you’re not alone. This magical green tea powder can be added to green smoothies or be used to make matcha lattes for a caffeinated energy boost without the coffee jitters. Fruits, nuts, vegetables, and more can be added to make a delicious matcha green tea smoothie. The rich green tea flavor that matcha green tea powder imparts to any smoothie is added to makes it a deliciously versatile smoothie ingredient. Our delicious and healthy matcha smoothie recipes are sure to hit the spot and give you the boost you need.
What is Matcha?
Matcha is made from the same plant that green tea leaves are harvested from. Instead of steeped in a bag of tea leaves, matcha comes from the plant that is ground into a powder and can be added to any liquid. The result offers a richer taste and almost creamy texture, especially when paired with milk or dairy substitute. Matcha is known to boost the metabolism, provide energy through caffeine, is rich in fiber, and is packed with powerful antioxidants. With the right ingredients, a matcha smoothie can be a great option for a healthy breakfast on-the-go.
Matcha Smoothie Recipes:
Easy Banana Matcha Smoothie
The following recipe calls for only 3 ingredients and should take no time at all to make. The best part is that this delicious concoction is less than 300 calories.
1. 2 frozen bananas
2. 1 cup of vanilla almond milk (unsweetened)
3. 1 teaspoon of matcha powder
If you use regular almond milk, soy milk, or coconut milk, add a half teaspoon of vanilla extract for a flavorful fourth ingredient. Depending on the type of dairy substitute you use, your smoothie may have a thicker consistency. Soy milk is great for obtaining a thicker mix. Combine ingredients in a blender, and enjoy!
Green Smoothie with Chia Seeds
Chia seeds are a great addition to any smoothie, containing healthy fatty acids, fiber, iron, and calcium. They are also antioxidant-rich, just like matcha. Combine these two super ingredients along with your favorite smoothie additions, and the result is a smoothie that packs a powerful nutritional punch. This dairy-free recipe calls for superfoods and ingredients naturally rich in protein.
1. 1 ½ cups of unsweetened coconut milk or almond milk
2. 1 cup of packed kale or spinach (or ½ cup spinach, ½ cup kale)
3. ½ cup of mango (frozen)
4. 1 banana (frozen)
5. 2 tablespoons of peanut butter or almond butter (unsalted)
6. 2 teaspoons of chia seeds
7. 1 tablespoon of matcha powder
8. ½ teaspoon of vanilla extract
Simply combine ingredients together in a blender, and your smoothie will be ready! Your frozen fruits should be solid enough to give it a smooth, creamy, and icy texture without watering down by adding ice. The natural richness and sweetness from the fruit and peanut butter/ almond butter will leave you feeling satisfied.
A Simple, Fun Dessert: Matcha Milkshake
Adding matcha to your dessert is a fun way to get in some good ingredients in even the most indulgent foods. While the following recipe is not dairy free, it can be easily modified in order to obtain nearly the same or similar results. Making small changes, like modifying your dessert for a healthy twist, can be a great way to reward yourself at the end of a busy week while still getting in nutritional value.
2 cups of vanilla ice cream (or soy ice cream)
1 tablespoon of matcha powder
¾ cup of milk or soy milk
Combine ingredients and gently blend until desired texture is achieved. Be careful not to blend for too long, as the ice cream may begin to melt.
Don’t forget when measuring your matcha powder that it only takes a small amount! Matcha is a very strong flavor and color and can overshadow other flavors if you let it. Measuring out a small portion for your matcha smoothie recipes will allow the flavors to combine nicely with the rest of your ingredients.
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