Okay, Sonnet, step away from the smoothie…
I won’t lie. It was really, really hard to put this smoothie down. You’re lucky I somehow managed to get a picture of it for you before I slurped up every last drop of it. It’s that good.
So what’s in this cup of amazing matcha fruit-free smoothie goodness, you ask?
We start with a few key smoothie ingredients like avocado (for creaminess and natural sweetness), cashews (for healthy fats and protein), and spinach (for our daily dose of greens!). Before we go any further, I know that I’ll get at least a few comments asking why I called this a “fruit-free” smoothie when it contains avocado.
Since the majority of smoothie recipes contain high-sugar fruits like banana, mango, etc., I wanted to call out a key difference in this recipe. Yes, it does contain avocado as the base (technically a fruit), but this smoothie only contains 1 gram of natural sugar from the avocado! (Most smoothie recipes I see contain anywhere from 20 to 50 grams of sugar!) Instead of using high-sugar fruits, this smoothie relies on the healthy fats in the avocado create a creamy base and I added a few drops of vanilla stevia for additional sweetness and flavor.
Note: if you struggle with blood sugar issues (like me) or are trying to cut back on your sugar intake, you might appreciate some of my other fruit-free and low-sugar juices and smoothies.
The other key ingredient in this smoothie is matcha green tea powder.
Are you a matcha fan yet? If you’re currently unfamiliar with matcha, you will definitely want to try it after you hear about its awesome benefits.
What’s so special about matcha? Here’s what I love about it:
- It’s incredibly nutrient-dense! Matcha powder is made by grinding the entire leaf so when you consume it, you get all of the nutrients present in the plant. To give you a point of comparison, you’d have to drink around ten cups of green tea to get the same amount of antioxidants as one serving of matcha.
- In addition to antioxidants, matcha gives you a dose of vitamin C, fiber, zinc and magnesium.
- It boosts metabolism, lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, and fortifies the immune system.
- And, matcha gives you a great dose of energy and increases endurance without giving you the jitters! Unlike other sources of caffeine like coffee, I’ve found that matcha works really well to keep my energy steady throughout the day because of match’s unique nutritional properties.
You can find matcha powder in most grocery stores and my local co-op even sells it in the bulk section so you can purchase a small amount. You can also order it online through Amazon here.
I personally love the taste of matcha and it adds a wonderful vegetal quality to this smoothie! Note: since matcha does contain caffeine, I would recommend consuming this smoothie in the morning or early in the day. It’s also a wonderful way to boost energy before a workout!
What’s your favorite way to enjoy matcha?
- 1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
- 2 heaping cups fresh spinach
- 2 tablespoons raw cashews
- ¼ avocado
- 1 cup ice
- 1 cup water
- 5 - 10 drops vanilla stevia (optional)
- Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth.