A great way to add a little kick in the pants to your daily green smoothie is to add some matcha to it. Matcha is powdered green tea leaves, traditionally stirred in to hot water to create a tea. A cup of matcha tea actually has five times more antioxidants in it than even the most super of the superfoods (goji berries, dark chocolate, blueberries), and it has a variety of amazing benefits to it like supporting your immune system, keeping your heart healthy, and boosting your energy. So why not add a little to your morning smoothie? You’re already packing in essential daily vitamins and minerals when you use greens in your smoothie. Add a little extra green tea powder and you’ll get a whole bunch of extra added benefits!
MATCHA GREEN MACHINE
- 16 ounces filtered water, divided
- 1 cup spinach
- 3 kale leaves, stems removed and torn into small pieces
- 1⁄2 large avocado
- 1 small banana, peeled
- 10 mint leaves
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
- 1⁄2 teaspoon spirulina powder
- 1⁄2 cup ice
- honey or 2 to 3 dates (pits removed), to sweeten (optional)
Combine 1 cup of water, spinach, and kale in a blender and blend on high speed until smooth. Add remaining water and other ingredients and blend until smooth. Divide into 2 large glasses. Can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 24 hours.