Here is another beautiful pastel Spring Smoothie! I love when I end up with a smoothie that is nutritious, delicious AND nice to look at! Sometimes I make smoothies that end up looking like swamp water, and people at work are like “uhhh, what’s that..”, and I have to defend it’s honour by declaring how delicious it is! It’s nice when I don’t have to do that 🙂
I’m going to continue showing matcha green tea some love with my second matcha recipe of the week! This smoothie is full of other great ingredients too, including the protein filled spirulina and chlorophyll packed wheat grass.
Matcha is 10 times more beneficial than green tea in terms of its nutritional value and antioxidant content. It is made of straight, stoneground tea leaves, so you are consuming the entire leaf. The tea leaves are grown in the shade, which results in increased chlorophyll levels, turns the leaves a darker shade of green, and causes the production of amino acids. These altered growing conditions result in matcha having a sweeter taste than normal green tea.
Just in case you weren’t getting enough smoothie recipes, here’s another one, this time with a kick of antioxidants from the delicious frozen blueberries. You’ll start to notice that most of my smoothies will either have spirulina or hemp seed in them. If you’re looking to experiment with smoothie making, I would suggest grabbing one or both of these ingredients. I like to think of them (and bananas…) as my base because they’re fairly tasteless– in a good way because you can add them to anything — but add an extra healthy bonus, either through additional protein, nutrients or a detoxifier.
I picked up some frozen mango this week and have been making this smoothie in the mornings before I head to work. It’s very easy and quick. You could even prep most of it the night before and just add the almond milk and blend when you wake up. It has lots of protein, potassium, magnesium among other things to start your day off with thanks to the spirulina and hemp seed – we can talk more about why those are so great in another post!
This recipe is for one serving, but if you wanted you could double/triple/quadruple it up and have smoothies for two or more.