If you’ve never tried matcha in a smoothie, prepare yourself for an energizing kick. Matcha is a natural source of caffeine, and it’s rich in disease-fighting antioxidants. It has a slightly bitter, toasted flavor, but you won’t detect so much as a hint of bitterness when you blend the powder into a sweet, refreshing smoothie.
Makes 2 cups
Prep time: 10 minutes
- ½ cup coconut water
- 1 cup packed fresh baby spinach
- 1 large frozen banana, chopped
- ¼ cup avocado, packed
- 2 tsp. lime zest
- 1 tbs. plus 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
- 2 or 3 ice cubes, as needed
- 2 tsp. pure maple syrup, or to taste
- ½ tsp. matcha green-tea powder, or to taste
- Toppings of your choice
- In a high-speed blender, combine all the ingredients except toppings and blend on high until smooth. Taste and adjust the sweetness, if desired.
- Pour into a bowl and add your toppings. Enjoy with a spoon!
Tip: Give your smoothie bowl a nutritional boost by topping it with granola, melted coconut butter, large-flake coconut, or hemp hearts.
Tip: To make this more kid-friendly, omit the matcha powder and reduce the lime juice.
Reprinted from Oh She Glows Every Day: Quick and Simply Satisfying Plant-based Recipes by arrangement with Avery, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company. Copyright © 2016 Angela Liddon.
About the Author: Angela Liddon is the founder, recipe developer, photographer, and writer behind OhSheGlows.com, an award-winning site featuring energizing, plant-based recipes. Her latest cookbook, Oh She Glows Every Day, is a follow-up to her first book, The Oh She Glows Cookbook.
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