I love tea and this unique smoothie sounds amazing and delicious. I also learned that there are also many health benefits to drinking tea. Learn more from “What Happens To Your Body If you Drink Tea Every Day.”
The blog Eat This, Not That has several creative smoothies that sound fantastic. Check them out in the recipe link below. Recipe names include Peanut Butter Sandwich, The Peanut Butter Cup, Pina Colada, Vanilla Chai and Dark Chocolate Banana Nut.
Recipe To The Green Matcha Tea Smoothie From Eat This, Not That.
Ingredients / Calories
- ½ cup baby spinach, loosely packed
- ½ frozen banana
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder
- Water to blend (optional)
226 Calories according to the author on Eat This, Not That
I love smoothies because you can add whatever ingredients you would like such as protein powder. I think the protein helps me feel fuller longer and I am enjoying reading articles on the benefits of protein powder. Learn more in the article “What are the Benefits of Protein Powder” from Medical News Today.
Spinach has always been my go to leafy green of choice in all food items. I remember my mom first making me smoothies in high school. Thanks, Mom. They were not green, but purple and consisted of spinach, blueberries, milk and protein powder. I remember being grossed out initially and then loving them and wanting one everyday.
This smoothie also has a banana. I love bananas. However, I have always been wary of the sugar in bananas so I was interested in reading about some of the health benefits in the article “Banana 101: Nutrition Facts and Health Benefits.” Also, I do feel like even if a fruit is high in sugar, everything is ok in moderation. Well, probably almost everything.
Smoothies are so easy to make. And, they take minutes. But there is room for error. For example, sometimes, when I make a smoothie, I come out with four or five cups of smoothies instead of the two I was aiming for. At first, I just drank them assuming it was supposed to be like that, but I do not think that is the case and I was probably really overdoing it on the fruit. I have googled this and have not found other people having this problem. Since this problem still occurs even when measuring out the ingredients, I freeze the remainder for later. I read you can leave a smoothie in the refrigerator for two days, but I personally do not think they keep and just do not think they are that good.
I prefer frozen fruit to ice in my smoothie. The Green Matcha Smoothie only has banana so I will use ice
Even with the addition of protein powder, I tend to get hungry after a couple of hours after a smoothie so I like to keep some carrots on hand to avoid any junk food mishaps.
I try and taste my smoothie before pouring it out just in case I need to add anything to it. I feel like this is like tasting food before adding salt.
My husband told me drinking from mason jars is very early 2000. I do not know if that is true or not, but I love my mason jars and use them for my smoothies with reusable straws such as metal.
Smoothies are easy and quick to clean up if you clean your blender right away.
I am not going to lie, my vegetable intake would be very limited without smoothies. It just never occurs to me to make sides with my meals and sides are usually vegetables. So, unless I made salad, there are not vegetables
Equipment is everything. I feel so lucky because my sister in law gave me a Vitamix a few years back, which is completely life changing. Prior, I used the bullet and it is just not the same. It works, but a nice blender is ideal.
Lastly, I find green smoothies an excellent way to get vegetables into my kids diet. They get a little messy, but whatever works.
Here are some additional Low-Calorie Smoothie recipes I found online.