Posted on December 02 2015
By Elena Razmpoosh, MS, RD, CD
This is one of my favorite smoothies these days, so I thought I share this easy but delicious recipe with you!
Without the Matcha tea, this smoothie tastes like a healthy strawberry vanilla milkshake and my three year old absolutely loves it! (If your kids are not used to green looking smoothies, serve it in a colored cup with a fun straw). If you want to share this recipe with your kids, blend up all ingredients first without the Matcha tea, pour some out for your kid, and then add in the Matcha tea and blend for an extra few seconds.
And here are some of the nutritional benefits that this delicious smoothie provides:
- Strawberries: High in vitamin C and an excellent source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory and cardiovascular supporting phytonutrients.
- Spinach: Rich in antioxidants and a variety of unique phytonutrients that can offer anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits. Also an excellent source of bone supportive nutrients such as calcium, magnesium, and vitamin K as well as other nutrients such as vitamin C, E, A and manganese.
- Chia seeds: a great source of the essential omega-3-fatty acid ALA and rich in fiber which helps promote a healthy digestion
- Parsley: Rich source of antioxidants with anti-cancer properties and an excellent source of vitamin K and C.
- Banana: A natural sweetener rich in potassium which supports heart health. Contains unique mixture of fibers and carbohydrates that offer digestive benefits.
- Matcha Green Tea*: This tea is a concentrated source of antioxidants and is known for having the highest content of a particular potent phytonutrient called EGCG, often associated with its anti-cancer benefits, anti-viral and anti-bacterial properties
*I'm not a Matcha tea expert but based on my research, I suggest that you try to get organic, pure (no added sugars, etc.) Matcha that comes from Japan. I have tried the brands Encha and Kenka and liked both. For smoothies, I suggest that you buy culinary grade (same nutrient profile but a bit cheaper). Ceremonial grade is usually best used when you only mix it with water and no additional ingredients that could overpower the tea flavor.
ELENA’S DELICIOUS MATCHA SMOOTHIE
Prep Time: 15 min Serves: 2
Raw, Vegan, Gluten Free
1-1 1/2 banana frozen (cut up in smaller pieces before freezing)
5 frozen strawberries
Big handful of spinach
3 sprigs of parsley (or more if you like)
1 Tbsp chia seeds
½ tsp vanilla extract
1-2 dates (depending on how sweet you like it)
12oz of almond or hemp milk
2 tsp Matcha tea
INSTRUCTIONSAdd all ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until creamy and smooth.
You may add more liquid to achieve your desired consistency!
NOTES- Recommended but optional: add 1-2 kale leaves
- If dates are hard, soak in warm water for 5 minutes
- Alternative for using almond/hemp milk: use 12oz of water and 1/3 cup cashews