Lately I have been trying to swap a second cup of coffee for a mid-day matcha "treat", a matcha latte or a smoothie with a heaping scoop of the antioxidant-rich green tea powder. I love this matcha kale smoothie because it is creamy, a touch sweet, and helps me push thru that afternoon slump. Give it a try!

Matcha Kale Smoothie

  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (homemade is best!)
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
  • Handful of fresh kale, washed with center rib/stem removed and roughly chopped
  • Splash of honey (optional, for sweetness)
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds (I prefer the white chia seeds)
  • Combine above ingredients in a high-power blender and blend until smooth, serve immediately. Enjoy!

Matcha Kale Smoothie

A few tips for making smoothies:

  • Use homemade almond milk, if possible, for the best flavor
  • Freeze your bananas (if even just 30 minutes or an hour before)
  • If you like a sweeter smoothie, add a few chopped/pitted dates or a splash of honey
  • Use organic ingredients, whenever possible
  • Stock your freezer with frozen fruit (you won't have to worry about your fruit going bad and you will always have some options on hand!)
  • To thicken a smoothie, you can always add a handful of ice
  • If your smoothie is too thick, try to thin with a little extra liquid. I like to add a few splashes of coconut water.

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