Matcha Green Tea Green Monster Smoothie

If you haven’t tried a Green Monster smoothie yet, then I really think you’re missing out. Honestly!

Especially after going through Project Veg-Up last month, I’ve found that it can often be difficult to get your recommended servings of fruits and veggies with the craziness of every day life. If you’re short on time, then the Green Monster smoothie may be your best solution. You get two fruits servings (if you count 1/2 a banana as one fruit serving) and one vegetable serving (thanks to the healthy addition of spinach – click here for spinach health benefit info).

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Now, you may be wondering, “Can I use frozen spinach in a Green Monster smoothie?” I wondered the same thing, so I tried out the theory that you could with this recipe. As it turns out, it works just fine (you just need less spinach in frozen form since it’s more tightly packed). And do you know what this means, people?

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It means you can have a complete breakfast using ingredients exclusively out of your (well-stocked) refrigerator and/or freezer! I love convenient things that rock! ;)

This smoothie has a health boost with the addition of matcha green tea. Click here for some info on matcha green tea health benefits. And check out this quote by Dr. Weil:

In addition to providing trace minerals and vitamins (A, B-complex, C, E, and K), matcha is rich in catechin polyphenols – compounds with high antioxidant activity. These compounds offer protection against many kinds of cancer, help prevent cardiovascular disease and slow the aging process. They also reduce harmful cholesterol in the blood, stabilize blood sugar levels, help reduce high blood pressure and enhance the resistance of the body to many toxins. The most important polyphenol in matcha is EGCG (epigallo-catechin gallate), which is the subject of many medical studies. Matcha has a significant amount of dietary fiber and practically no calories. ~Andrew Weil, M.D. (source )

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Matcha Green Tea Green Monster Smoothie
 
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Matcha green tea powder adds a subtle, yet intoxicating flavor punch to the regular green monster smoothie. And for those who don’t know, a green monster smoothie is one made with spinach! Trust me, you can’t taste it. This recipe is a great way to start your day right – with a serving of fruit and veggies, plus matcha green tea goodness. I added yogurt to this smoothie for the protein (to help me stay full) and probiotics (because they’re good for you), but you could substitute additional milk.
*Vegetarian, Vegan if you use vegan milk and yogurt*
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • ½ – 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder, to taste (I really like matcha, so I went with 1 teaspoon)
  • 1 banana (a frozen banana will give you a thicker consistency, but non-frozen works, too)
  • ¼ cup frozen spinach (or 1½ -2 cups loosely packed, fresh baby spinach)
  • 1 individual vanilla yogurt, preferably organic (or sub milk if you don’t want to use yogurt, use coconut or soy milk yogurt for vegan option)
  • ¼ cup milk of choice (use vanilla/sweetened rice milk for extra sweetness or use plain/dairy milk and add sweetener of choice, if desired) – add additional milk if you want a more liquidy texture.
  • 2 cubes ice
  • additional sweetener of choice, optional/if needed (I didn’t need it, but flavor your smoothie to your taste)
Instructions
  1. Place matcha powder, banana, spinach, yogurt, milk (plus sweetener if using), and ice in a blender.
  2. Note: place matcha powder in the blender first so it gets covered with other ingredients. This helps keep the powder from blowing around the blender when you turn it on.
  3. Cover and blend until banana/spinach/ice is processed and smooth, and the matcha is well-incorporated, about 1-2 minutes.
  4. Serve and enjoy!

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Comments

  1. says

    I love love green monsters! Adding matcha just makes it even better! But I have never thought to use frozen spinach. I stock up on this as spinach is a staple in the home and goes just as fast as it gets restocked. So having frozen on hand is a must! Great idea!!!

  2. says

    I love green monsters and I never would’ve thought I’d say that a couple years ago! It’s amazing what you’ll try when other people post about it ;)
    Yogurt is hit or miss with me in smoothies, depends on my mood and if it’s a “snack” smoothie or a “meal” smoothie.

    • says

      I agree. I usually go without yogurt unless I want it to be extra filling or for the probiotics. I like the creaminess of rice/soy milk with the banana.

      Have you tried a Green Monster ever?

  3. says

    Ooh that sounds good! I had never heard of matcha green tea before. I make a different smoothie to get in my spinach. It has spinach, frozen berries, whey protein, and ice. If I have it as a pre- or post-workout shake then I also include BCAAs, glutamine, l-carnitine, and flax seed oil. It’s the shake from Jackie Warner on Thintervention, and it’s yummy – much better than eating a cupful of frozen spinach plain!

  4. says

    Delicious! :D

    For some unknown reason, I never use yogurt in my smoothie. No reason, other than I just forget and opt for soymilk instead. But yogurt would make it much creamier, I think?

    Will be trying this recipe soon! :D

    • says

      I think it depends on the bubble tea shop. Some places brew tea and add bubbles. Some use powder mixtures to make theirs. My guess is that somewhere someone uses matcha powder. But, most likely, matcha is so expensive, most places probably do not actually the real deal. ;) Hope you like your matcha! I have a few recipes with it – linked above! :)

    • says

      Hi Lee! I absolutely love comments like yours. I always wonder if people are checking out my recipes but not commenting. lol Thank you so much for taking the time to comment and let me know. I’m so glad to hear the recipe worked for you, and I love your idea of adding grapes! Did you use frozen or fresh? :)

  5. Myron says

    I googled basic smoothie recipes and found your blog. I just tried to make a green monster with frozen spinach and am floored by how great they taste. I added a little sweetener and just cant believe how wonderful it turned out !!!!

    Thanks

  6. aaron levin says

    Do you always use your matcha without exposing it to hot water? I debating is Matcha in terms of benefits attained through hot water or could one just add it to cold water and mix?

  7. Nici says

    Hi there,

    Thanks for the recipe! I look forward to trying it. One question — when you say “one individual yogurt”, how many ounces/mL is that? I buy my yogurt in a large tub so I’ll be measuring it out with a cup measure.

    Cheers!

    • says

      Hi Nici, Oh my, I’m so sorry I missed your comment somehow. I think single servings are typically between 4-6 ounces. For me, I’d probably measure about 1/2-1 cup, depending how much of the yogurt you want in the smoothie. Those amounts should be good for texture and flavor. :)

  8. Caroline says

    Yum! I’m big on tossing some Greek yogurt in to up my protein, and if I have any leftover cooked steel-cut oats or quinoa in the fridge I’ll throw in 1/4 cup as well for extra bulk and voila! breakfast :)

  9. says

    Its like you read my mind! You seem to know so much about this, like you wrote the book
    in it or something. I think that you could do with some pics
    to drive the message home a bit, but instead of
    that, this is fantastic blog. A fantastic read.
    I’ll certainly be back.

  10. Pooja says

    I’ve been making green smoothies for a while but have never added macha green tea powder, can’t wait to try it with the new addition! :) Quick question, can I add oatmeal to the recipe?

  11. Pooja says

    Hi! I felt compelled to post that I’ve been making this since my matcha powder came in and it’s SO delicious! I actually have been adding the oatmeal and it keeps me full longer. :) I’ve also taken to adding just a drop of peppermint extract and it gives it a really fresh minty taste which I also love. I cannot thank you enough for introducing me to matcha powder!

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