This Super Green Tea Antioxidant Smoothie gets its color from spinach and matcha green tea powder. It is loaded with protein, vitamins and antioxidants and comes in at only 200 calories.
Matcha green tea powder is an ingredient I didn’t know much about until I came across it in a few cookbooks friends had shared. I used it in this black bean burger with green tea aioli and I coated dark chocolate truffles in matcha last year.
After trying the recipes in the tea cookbooks, I was psyched to know that matcha green tea powder was an ingredient I could add to recipes for an added health benefit. What I also learned is that a little goes a long way. In other words, it can seem a little bitter if you add too much. The good news is that it is uber potent. You get 137 times more antioxidants than regular green tea.
I have not been too adventurous on my own though, so I needed some ideas for ways to incorporate it into my recipes. I decided to try adding it to my green smoothie to see if it would change the flavor in an off way. Just like at a smoothie bar, where there are added “Boosts” on the menu- like bee pollen and flax seeds. Well, that’s what I was going for.
And it worked out great. Typically I make this Vanilla Green Protein Smoothie more than other smoothie combinations. So I adjusted that recipe a bit by adding in strawberries (which are an excellent source of Vitamin C.) I also decreased the amount of banana to one half.
The final nutrition stats for the Super Green Tea Antioxidant Smoothie?
- 14 grams of protein
- 171% of DV of Vitamin C
- 6 grams of fiber
- only 200 calories
Then with the added benefits of the bevy of antioxidants from the matcha green tea powder, you’re getting a super healthy way to start the morning. Plus it gives a little energy boost too!
What boosts do you add to your smoothies?
This super green tea antioxidant smoothie is a healthy way to start your day. Loaded with Vitamin C, fiber, protein and health promoting antioxidants it's a naturally invigorating breakfast.
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- ½ banana, peeled
- 1 cup loosely packed fresh spinach leaves
- 1 cup strawberries, hulled
- ¾ cup ice
- 1 serving vanilla protein powder (1/2 to 1 scoop depending brand)
- ½ teaspoon matcha powder
- Combine almond milk, banana, spinach, strawberries, ice, protein powder and matcha powder in a blender. Puree at high speed until completely smooth and ice is not chunky, about 45 seconds.
58% DV for calcium, 171% DV for Vitamin C, 49% DV for Vitamin A