Blog #77: Morning Matcha Smoothie (Vegan + Gluten-Free)

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Your Morning Matcha Smoothie is ready to drink! 👍  (Photo by: Christina Hale)

 

It’s always good to start your morning off right, focusing on actual nutrient intake, as opposed to just eating loads of food that’s void of nutrients, yet full of empty calories.

Here’s a smoothie that can help you to feel great, so that you can go crush your day and  ‘get-after-it’ (The Rock’s voice).

Now, let’s get into making the smoothie!

Ingredients:

1/2 cup almond milk (or non-dairy milk of your choice)

– 1 small banana (or 1/2 of a large banana)

– 1 tsp matcha powder

– 1 tsp ground flax

– 1/4 cup rolled gluten-free oats

– 1/4 cup fresh (or frozen) chopped kale

– 1.5 Tbsp coconut palm sugar (or 1 Tbsp of agave nectar, or 1/4 cup of soaked dates, or a sweetener of your choice)

– 1/2 cup ice

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Dry ingredients + kale 🌿

**Note:  I added the coconut palm sugar to give just enough sweetness to the smoothie.  I usually use bananas in my smoothies to give sweetness, body and a creamy texture.

In the case of this recipe however, the banana alone was not giving enough sweetness alongside the matcha powder which has zero sweetness in it and is a tad bitter as green tea can be.  So, you are free to use any type of natural sweetener you like, or use more bananas, or completely leave out any additional sweetness factor.  If you have special dietary requirements (example: athlete, fitness competitor, food allergies, etc) please follow your requirements and adjust this recipe accordingly.

**If you are pregnant, please avoid this recipe until after you have given birth.

Method:

– In a blender, add all of your ingredients.  Mix well.  Serve and enjoy!

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Almond milk, gluten-free oats and banana 👌🏽

Health Benefits:

Matcha: This form of green tea is high in chlorophyll and therefore helps to detox your body naturally.  It also has a calming effect on your body and is high in antioxidants. You will also get the benefits of vitamins A, C, E, K and B complex contained within

Kale: Also known as ‘leaf cabbage’, it’s a part of the family of cauliflower, broccoli and collards.  It is anti-inflammatory (high inflammation in your body causes diseases), high in iron, high in fiber (which is good for your heart health because it lowers cholesterol) and low in calories

Almond milk: This non-dairy milk provides you with a dose of calcium in your smoothie

Ground Flax Seeds: Ground flax seeds are good for your digestive health and are easier for you to digest.  Whole flax seeds are more difficult to digest and usually get pooped-out whole.   Flax seeds contain omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and help to decrease LDL (‘bad’) cholesterol

Banana: You get loads of potassium in this fruit, plus copper, vitamin B6 and magnesium. The fiber content contained within is good for your digestive health.


Thank you for reading and I hope you enjoyed this smoothie recipe post.  Give this recipe a try for your breakfast (or lunch) and tell me how it turned out!  Let me know how great and refreshed your body felt after having this smoothie — leave a comment below!

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Peace & Good Vibes,

–  Chrissy

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2 Comments Add yours

  1. This sounds awesome and should definitely keep me full for a long time. I need to go shopping for some ingredients this weekend and try it next week. I make a smoothie everyday and take it to work but it’s always a combination of fruits and herbs(ginger and turmeric).

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    1. Chrissy says:

      Ginger and Tumeric are such fantastic herbs to add in your smoothie! You are on point with those!

      Yay! I hope you try the Matcha smoothie! You’ll find the ingredients easily 😊🌿

      Cheers,

      Christina

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