I am more of a tea drinker than coffee drinker. I can’t do coffee unless it’s loaded with cream or sugar or a high sugar latte or mocha, which is why I don’t do coffee very often. It’s rare, because obviously sugar isn’t my thing. So I stick with tea. Sometimes I love that frothy taste a Latte lends, so I found matcha green tea latte’s or yerba matte lattes.
They have a more earthy flavor, and like coffee are great hot and iced. It’s hard finding places that make them, so I make them myself at home and they are surprisingly simple. Now that it’s warming up in the Inland Northwest, I love ice tea and iced drinks. I thought adding an earthy flavor to my morning smoothie would mix it up and be the perk I needed for the day.
This Green Tea Smoothie is perfect. I love the earthy blend, and the protein it provides. It also has a little caffeine kick with the matcha green tea powder, and of course all the great antioxidants found in green tea. It’s like a Frappe, but with protein and fiber from the chia seeds, and a little thicker than a Frappe.
I make Green Tea Frappe’s a lot as well, but sometimes I need a protein boost, with some energy, and this Green Tea Smoothie does just the trick. I used chia seeds for their mineral content, fiber, little protein and essential fatty acids, making a rounded breakfast. The protein powder obviously gives me the protein needed to repair my muscles after working out, and the ground flaxseed was just an added fatty acid kick I wanted.
I sweetened it with a banana and unsweetened coconut flakes. It’s a whole lot of goodness in one glass and gets you off to a healthy start for the day. Matcha green tea is great for fighting inflammation, preventing free radical damage and protecting against a host of diseases. Chia seeds and ground flaxseed are great for their fatty acid profile, helping reduce inflammation that is so common in runners body from the continual overuse of muscles.
R wasn’t as big of a fan of the green tea smoothie as she is of the green tea frappes I make. It was probably because of the more earthy taste from the chia seeds and ground flaxseed. My husband and I enjoyed actually having a smoothie to ourselves. I’ve started added matcha green tea to lots of my baking and smoothies. It’s became the new kale so to speak in our house 😉
- 2 c almond milk
- 1 Tbs matcha green tea powder
- 1 Tbs chia seeds
- 2 Tbs unsweetened shredded coconut or coconut flakes
- 1 Tbs ground flaxseed (optional)
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
- 1 Frozen banana
- ice cubes
- Place all ingredients in a blender and process until smooth and desired consistency.
- Divide between two glasses and enjoy.
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I suggest a bland protein powder, so it doesn’t overpower any of the flavors in the smoothie, vanilla protein is best (I like Orgain). You can do without the protein powder, which I have done as well. Keeps the smoothie the same flavor, maybe a little less vanillay, but without the high protein. Great both ways.
Have a wonderful Wednesday folks and see you back in a few days with a pregnancy update. Yes, it’s already been 4 weeks!! Crazy I know.
Until Next Time Be Whole and Be Fit