Green smoothies are where it’s at to get those veggies in in a creative, delicious way. And this isn’t just about blending up some kale and spinach and somehow getting it down. Just because it’s green doesn’t mean it has to even taste like veggies. I love using spinach and matcha to make this smoothie bright green and beautiful but it also has healthy chia and sweet banana for that balance that will keep you full and energized for a long time. This green smoothie with matcha and chia is so perfect for breakfast or beyond.
The benefit of this type of green smoothie lies party in the matcha green tea powder which I absolutely love the flavor of and is packed with antioxidants plus a little boost of caffeine. If you’re trying to cut back on coffee, this could be an option for you.
The sweetness comes from natural sources; in this case, frozen ripe bananas. I keep them in plastic so I can rip them in 1/2 and stick them in a smoothie whenever I need to. I also used chia seeds in this green smoothie with matcha and chia for healthy fat and fiber. Did you know that chia seeds contain 10 grams of fiber in one ounce? Incredible. Double bonus – they also are a plant-based source of anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids.
The first time I made this, I just threw in some greens I had in the fridge. For me, that’s often spinach which I like because it’s soft and sweet and blends very well. If you love heartier greens like kale, feel free to use those, too. Smoothies are an excellent way to sneak in more veggies at breakfast or for a snack.
My green smoothie recipe turns out frothy and delicious; a wonderful start to the day. I love this recipe because it is really flexible. Feel free to make it what you want it to be. If you need more sweet, use more banana. You can also add honey or maple syrup. You could toss in other types of veggies or fruits but any way you make it, you’ll be getting a lot of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants in addition to lots of fiber and hydrating fluids.
- 1/4 cup baby spinach
- 2 Tablespoon unsweetened coconut water
- 1/2 large frozen banana
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- 1/2 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon chia seeds
- 1 cup unsweetened milk of choice (soy, almond, or oat)
- Add spinach and coconut water to blender and blend until spinach is pureed. Add remaining ingredients and blend until smooth. Add additional milk and/or ice if desired.
Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO
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