Matcha is a type of green tea that has been used in traditional Japanese tea ceremonies. It has also recently become a highly prized green tea for its health benefits, often being used as an ingredient to make a matcha green tea smoothie or other healthy recipes.
Matcha tea is a powdered tea that is high in antioxidants, particularly Catechin and ECg, two antioxidants that are considered to be extremely beneficial, and recognized for anti-cancer properties. It’s also a healthy way to enhance your immune system and improve your cholesterol.
In addition to physical benefits to the body, matcha contains L-Theanine, an amino acid that helps produce dopamine and serotonin, and can boost memory, focus and concentration. Many people also use matcha to help them burn calories faster while detoxifying the body.
The addition of green matcha tea to this rich, thick smoothie recipe adds a subtle flavor—both lovely and intriguing—and also gives a slight boost of energy due to the caffeine content. However, the amount of matcha in this particular recipe is moderate, so it shouldn’t bother most people even if they have a sensitivity to caffeine.
Try the recipe as-is and then you can increase the matcha content for a bigger energy boost. And don’t worry about the spinach if you have never had a green smoothie before. It is one of the most mild of the greens and very palatable.
Tropical Matcha Green Smoothie Recipe
- 1 cup of coconut milk or coconut water (preferably fresh from the coconut)
- 2 teaspoons of green tea matcha powder
- 2 large handfuls of spinach (about 5 ounces)
- 1 large mango (preferably fresh, but frozen chunks will do)
- 2 frozen bananas (peeled and cut into chunks before freezing
- 1/2 cup of pineapple chunks (fresh or frozen)
- Put the coconut water or coconut milk into the blender.
- Add the green tea powder
- Put in two handfuls of spinach.
- Blend on high speed until the spinach is completely blended into the liquid (don’t over-blend, or you could heat up the smoothie).
- Add in the mangoes, banana chunks, and pineapple chunks, and blend until just smooth.
- Enjoy your sweet, nutrient-dense superfood smoothie!
You could swap out some of the fruit for a different flavor flair: two peeled oranges instead of the bananas and two apples instead of the mangoes. You could also switch out the pineapple chunks for blueberries, making this a great smoothie for diabetics (with doctor approval) as blueberries and mangoes are good for helping balance the blood sugar, just don’t go overboard on the fruit!
As you become used to having greens in your smoothie, you can try replacing some of the spinach for kale or other less-mild greens. You can also increase the matcha amounts, if you are looking for a bigger morning boost. It’s a great way to get rid of that unhealthy coffee habit!
This matcha green tea smoothie recipe is super simple, vegan and yummy with a lovely bright green color and an extra-thick, creamy consistency. You couldn’t ask for a healthier breakfast on the go!