Last updated on January 5th, 2019 at 02:59 pm
Many people trying to make better food choices steer away from their usual coffee fix and instead indulge in a delightfully refreshing treat of a green tea matcha smoothie, especially when the warmer weather makes sipping hot coffee less appealing.
Starbucks’ version is certainly popular, with many people hitting the drive-thru to make this nutritious drink the start of their day.
That Starbucks version isn’t quite as healthful as it appears to be, though. The Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappucino packs a walloping 65 grams of sugar, 16 of fat, and hardly any fiber or phytochemicals to speak of. In other words, it’s pretty much just empty calories.
Matcha tea has been praised for its health benefits, including adding nutrition and helping with relaxation. Those benefits, however, are reduced when they’re paired with more than double the daily recommended processed/added sugar intake.
Instead, make this delicious treat at home. You can be certain exactly what ingredients are going into your smoothie, and by relying on fresh, whole foods, you can get all the taste and benefits without the unnecessary processed sugar and calories.
Relying on simple, wholesome ingredients like frozen banana for texture, unsweetened soy milk for richness, and even a little kale for an additional nutrition boost, this recipe lets you create a matcha frapp that will truly get your day started right.
Whether you are trying to curb your coffee habit, get more nutrition into your day, or simply cool off with a refreshing treat, this nutrient-packed smoothie comes together in minutes and travels well.
You can toss the ingredients in the blender, transfer it to your travel mug, and be out the door faster than you could make it through the drive-thru line. Not only is it healthier, but it’s a fraction of the cost as well.
Side Note: If you don’t have a blender and want to make awesome stuff like this — I highly recommend checking out this guide…https://thrivecuisine.com/kitchen-appliances/blenders/
They’re a great tool.
Oh – about the kale…
I did this recipe in a Vitamix for these photos which was able to quickly pulverize the frozen kale to the point where I couldn’t see it anymore. If your blender is less powerful and not capable of turning kale into liquid, you may want to leave it out — you may be stuck with little kale chunks that are less-than appetizing for a sweet treat like this one. You can also try blending up the kale with liquid beforehand so you have a smooth slurry that’s easier to work with rather than a bunch of solid ingredients.
You really don’t taste the kale either way, but the texture can be off-putting.
Matcha Green Tea Smoothie
- 2 Bananas Frozen Solid
- 1 tbsp Green Tea Matcha Powder
- 1 Cup Soy Milk Unsweetened
- 1-2 Cups Frozen Kale optional
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- Add all of the dry ingredients to the blender. Break up bananas into small pieces for easier blending.
- Add half the required amount of soy milk for a thicker frapp. If having trouble blending, you can add the entire cup or even more liquid.
- Blend until smooth.
- Drink with a wide straw or pour into a bowl and top with oats for a delicious and filling matcha breakfast bowl.
The thing that makes this recipe so great is the clean energy that it gives you. You’re consuming kale, matcha, bananas and soy milk — yet it all tastes like green tea ice cream from your local Japanese restaurant. Make it a part of your morning!
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