Recently I was introduced to the phenomenon of Matcha, and decided to try integrating it into a kale smoothie recipe.
Matcha is a fine ground, powdered, high quality green tea and is not the same as tea powder or green tea powder. It has about 10 times the nutrients as green tea, and over 100 times the antioxidants. This recipe creates a delicious smoothie of the mint / pear / green tea variety. Here are the ingredients you’ll need:
- 1 pear
- 2 tbsp fresh chopped ginger
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 2 droppers-full of green tea extract
- 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
- 1/3 fresh cucumber, with skin
- 1 leaf kale, without stem
- 2 handfuls fresh mint
- 1 handful fresh cilantro
- 1/2 bag frozen pineapple chunks
- 1 banana
Chop pear into quarters, then chop those in half. Peel and chop ginger, chop cucumber, peel banana, remove stem from one kale leaf, rinse clean and tear off a handful of both mint and cilantro, and put everything in the blender.
That is all pretty self-explanatory, I guess. The sequence of putting the things into the blender, however, is another thing. I’ve found that if you leave out the kale and frozen things until the end, they blend in better. Or, they don’t stifle the other ingredients’ blending progress. If you put the kale in first, it can be a lot for the blender to think about all at once, but if you wait until there is some momentum going – and you’re just dropping torn chunks of kale into an already-swirling mass of blended things – it goes a lot easier.
You’ll find that the combination of these ingredients creates a luscious, smooth, bright green-colored smoothie, which will doubtless impress anybody nearby. Or if you only need to impress yourself, then job well done.
By the way this makes about two 16-oz servings. I live alone, so I usually get out a fresh pint glass and pour one for myself, and put the blender containing the rest in the fridge, for a little later. Then when I’m done drinking the first I pour myself the second one and then rinse out the blender.
I hope these ingredients and directions provide you with many happy mornings!