“Shamrock Smoothie” going green & healthy for St Patricks Day & a chat about Matcha

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If you are going to be celebrating St Patricks Day today this “Shamrock Smoothie” might be better for you tomorrow morning as it’s jam packed full of antioxidants and goodness that will make you feel great!  There is nothing really Irish about this smoothie other than it being bright green but we like to “theme” things around here and today is as good a day as any to introduce a new green smoothie to the repertoire!

So, in making this I used matcha powder for the first time.  Do you know it?  What do you think?  If you haven’t used it before Matcha is a green tea powder that is made by grinding down the whole leaf.  Apparently one serve of matcha powder is the equivalent of 10 cups of regular green tea – that’s what the packaging says anyway.  Green tea gets a good rap in terms of health benefits and matcha powder even more so – supposedly it assists with focus & brain function (yes please), boosts energy and metabolism (yes, yes please), promotes detoxification and supports a healthy immune systems (again yes please!).  (This site gives some more blurb but please note that they are bias as they sell the powder).  I got my powder from “About Life” but it’s sold in all good health food stores.

Enough of the nutrition lesson?  Here’s the recipe:

“Shamrock Smoothie”

1 minute

2 smoothies

Ingredients

  • 2 kale stems, leaves only
  • 1/2 cucumber
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 1/2 pear, seeds removed
  • 1 Tbsp matcha powder
  • handful of ice
  • 1 C (250 g) coconut water
  • 1 C (250 g) water

Instructions

  1. Put kale, cucumber, avocado, lemon juice, pear, matcha powder and ice in the blender or Thermomix and blitz to break down the fruit Speed 9 / 10 seconds in Thermo. Scrape sides.
  2. Add coconut water and water and blend speed 9 / 1 minute
http://www.boiledeggsandsoldiers.com/2015/03/shamrock-smoothie-going-green-healthy-for-st-patricks-day-a-chat-about-matcha/

 Do you do green smoothies?  Have you used matcha?  What in? Are you celebrating Paddy’s Day?

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9 comments on ““Shamrock Smoothie” going green & healthy for St Patricks Day & a chat about Matcha

  1. Sammie @ The Annoyed Thyroid
    March 17, 2015 at 6:26 pm

    I love green smoothies and have one for breakfast most days. I whizz up frozen banana, mango, apple, cucumber and spinach in the thermomix and it’s all kinds of delicious. Even my veggie-fruit-o-phobe of a husband will drink it!

    • Vicki
      March 17, 2015 at 7:21 pm

      The matcha powder gave me an unexpected buzz!! They are a great start to the day aren’t they? Thanks for stopping by. x

  2. Dannielle@Zamamabakes
    March 20, 2015 at 8:34 pm

    That Matcha powder sounds like it’s magic! I need all the brain power I can get my hands on! Definitely going on a little spree for this little treasure.
    I do love a green smoothie but haven’t tried cucumber in one before, yours sounds delicious, will be testing it out very soon.
    Thanks for linking up with us over at Fabulous Foodie Fridays xx

    • Vicki
      March 20, 2015 at 9:41 pm

      I went for the brain power too! x

  3. Kristy @ Loulou Zoo
    April 2, 2015 at 1:12 am

    This looks yummo! I haven’t tried matcha as yet but have seen it on a few instagram posts and thought I should!

    Thank you for linking up with Wellness Wednesday! 🙂

    • Vicki
      April 2, 2015 at 7:38 pm

      Thank you and my pleasure I love the concept.

  4. Sasha @ From the Left Field
    April 4, 2015 at 4:50 pm

    Omg! Why have I not had matcha in my life before?! I neeeeeeed it. I love me some green tea at the best of times, but all the benefits x10? I’m in. Thanks for this fab recipe lovely!! x

    • Vicki
      April 5, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Sash you would love Matcha then, you’ll be bouncing around in no time!

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