This instantly-made green kiwi matcha protein smoothie has all the healthy ingredients that you could imagine. You’ll be pumped with energy after one glass.
“Green is the color of spring”, according to Kermit the frog. Well, it’s not quite here yet in Michigan. However, I still like to add all the green ingredients that I can find in the house to make this energy-boost smoothie.
Sometimes kids are not fond of green vegetables. Some grown-ups too. Do you remember Kermit singing in the muppet movie “Green can be cool and friendly-like”? The days that I run out of creative ideas for making our green vegetable dish fancy, green smoothie is the best choice.
Guess what I found this time? Matcha powder, a finely-ground powder of green tea leaves that is popular in Japan. You can read more about a matcha comparison in this post. There are a few grades of matcha that makes the quality significantly different. The greener and more vibrant the color, the better the taste and quality.
I had mine for a while already. That means the quality is not as good as when I first bought it. I noticed the color turning a brownish-green. High quality matcha powder can be expensive (more expensive than regular green tea). If you are going to use it quite often, such as a daily drink, making desserts, and muffins, then buying a larger quantity may save you some money. Otherwise, the oxidation may easily compromise it before you finish the batch.
Since it’s green tea, it does contain caffeine.
Besides matcha powder, I also added some other green friends
Raw cashew nuts (Oops! Not green but will give some creamy texture and healthier fat)
After blending all the ingredients with water, ice, and pea protein powder, you can enjoy this green kiwi matcha protein smoothie right away. Besides a hint of matcha tea aroma, the kiwifruit gives the smoothie a fruity and tangy taste. It’s vegan, gluten-free, low carb, and guilt-free.
- 2 teaspoons matcha powder
- 2 large ripe kiwifruit
- 2 cups kale leaves
- ½ large ripe avocado
- ⅓ cup raw cashew nuts
- 1 pinch salt
- 2½ cups water
- 8 ice cubes
- optional ⅛ teaspoons stevia powder
- In a high-speed blender, blend all ingredients together until smooth and creamy. Serve cold.