And I win for the most uncreative recipe title ever! But given how many ingredients this mother has, it’s just easier for SEO to put Matcha Power Smoothie.
Now, I’m brand new to team Matcha and I’m 567% addicted to it already. My friends at Aiya sent me a sample to play with a few weeks ago and I decided my first science experiment, I mean recipe test, would be a smoothie. Simple, cost-effective (if I royally eff it up) and a healthy start to my day.
Which given I’ve been eating like a caveman NOT on paleo (extra sides of mashed potatoes, please?) a healthy smoothie is what I need so I don’t die by 32. The great thing about Matcha is that it’s full of healthy AF ingredients, like antioxidants and natural energy. Maybe it’s because I work from home now and am always working, I’ve found I get SO incredibly tired by 3pm. Like, can barely keep my eyes open I need to take an immediate nap kind of tired. I’ve never been a fan of drinking coffee past the morning, so I’ve been sipping herbal teas to keep my eyes open so I can write.
And even that wears off. So I thought I’d give this trendy matcha craze a try to see if it can help with my lackluster motivation after lunchtime. HOLY ENERGY, BATMAN. I’m not going to Dr. Oz you on this stuff, but it truly gave me a boost of energy WITHOUT giving me heart palpitations or giving me an epic crash an hour later. Honestly, it just felt natural. I just felt more awake and more productive. Plus, with a whooping 24 grams of protein per glass, I was full until dinner. LITERALLY.
Now, I’m sure this doens’t happen for everyone (if it did, the world would be a happier, more productive place) so don’t take my claims and write me angry emails if it doesn’t work for you. I’m just conveying how I felt after one of these matcha power smoothies for lunch. To make sure it wasn’t just a fluke (like maybe I had used too much), I made the same one this morning and felt the exact same results.
I didn’t even NEED coffee today, guys. Like, that’s big. Now, I’m not going to fully replace my coffee with Matcha (could you imagine? I travel all the time, people would think I’m effing insane), but I’m going to try to drink it when I’m home to limit the havoc my beloved coffee wreaks on my insides.
If you’ve never tried it, just give it a whirl in this smoothie. The berries, peanut butter and mango give it a beautiful added sweetness, and all you really taste is a slight hint of green tea. I added chia seeds as well for added protein, but you can adapt and omit as you see fit. And let me know how you feel. Honestly, it’s a slight game changer for me, so I’d love to hear how you guys react!
Matcha Power Smoothie
Yields about 2 large smoothies.
Prep time: >5 minutes
Blend time: 1 – 2 minutes
Total time: 6 – 7 minutes
- 2 cups frozen strawberries
- 1 frozen banana
- 1 fresh mango, peeled and chopped
- 1 cups roughly chopped kale
- 2 tablespoons chia seeds
- 2 tablespoons peanut butter
- 1 tablespoons matcha powder
- 1/2 cup organic mango juice*
- 1/2 cup low-fat Greek yogurt
- 3/4 – 1 cups 2% milk ** (add more or less depending on consistency. I added about 1 cup)
- 1 – 2 tablespoons honey***
- Fresh mango and chia for garnish
*If you can’t find this, sub in additional milk or another juice you’d like.
**I added this for a dash of sweetness, feel free to omit.
- Place all of the ingredients (from the frozen strawberries to the honey) in a powerful blender. Blend on high until thick, creamy and smoothie.
- Pour smoothies into large glasses and garnish with mango and chia seeds. Serve immediately or store in a sterilized mason jar.
Nutritional information per serving:
Fat: 13.5 grams
Carbohydrates: 75.6 grams
Fiber: 11 grams
Protein: 24.5 grams
Weight Watchers Points: 13