I am loving smoothies lately for a quick breakfast or post-gym and almost always use wild frozen blueberries in them because they have the best berry flavor and make the smoothie frothy when they’re so cold. Other favorite ingredients in this Wild Blueberry Vanilla Matcha Smoothie include matcha green tea powder, vanilla extract, and frozen bananas which I buy ripe, peel, then wrap in plastic so I can rip them in 1/2 and create frothy smoothies when I want to.
This smoothie carries an antioxidant-packed punch. Potent flavored matcha green tea continues trending strongly in 2018 so I combined it with bright flavored frozen blueberries and rich vanilla extract for an unexpected favor profile. To me, matcha tastes sort of like a marshmallow. Basically it is powdered green tea leaves so the antioxidant capacity including Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCg) is very potent and linked to some interesting anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer research. Partner that benefit with the vitamins and antioxidants in wild blueberries and bananas and this is a very healthy way to start the day or recover from intense physical activity. I’m totally not into adding sweeteners to smoothies; it’s completely unnecessary. Half a banana with the blueberries is sweet enough to serve two smoothies so no need for honey or any other sweet additive.
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- 1 cup unsweetened vanilla soy or almond milk
- 1/2 cup of frozen Wild Blueberries
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- ½ frozen banana
- cup ½ice cubes
- Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until completely smooth and frothy. Serve cold – enjoy!
Ginger Hultin,MS, RD, CSO
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