The Ultimate Green Smoothie

The Veggie Shake Team

Matcha, a powder made from green tea leaves, has a rich history dating back to China’s Song Dynasty. Many of matcha’s health benefits stem from the potent antioxidants it contains, which research has shown to be strongly cardioprotective. By adding matcha tea powder to this green smoothie recipe—which also features five other heart-healthy foods—we created the Ultimate Green Smoothie for those of you seeking to support and protect your hearts.

Some healthy smoothies can look or taste unappealing, but this green drink has a captivating hue and a sweet, mild flavor. The addition of avocado and coconut milk make it irresistibly creamy, plus we snuck in protein-loaded spinach to help keep you full. We find that, thanks to matcha’s caffeine content, this green smoothie makes a particularly good afternoon pick-me-up!

  •  Servings: 1
  •  Ready In: 5 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 frozen banana

  • 1 tablespoon matcha powder

  • 1/2 avocado

  • 1 cup spinach

  • 1/2 cup coconut milk

  • 1 cup frozen pineapple

Instructions
  1. Scoop out 1/2 avocado into your blender or food processor.

  2. Toss in 1 cup spinach.

  3. Add 1 cup frozen pineapple and 1 frozen banana.

  4. Pour in 1/2 cup coconut milk.

  5. Finish with 1 full tablespoon of matcha powder.

  6. Blend until beautifully smooth and creamy.

Health Benefits
  1. Matcha powder: contains antioxidants known to prevent cardiovascular disease.

  2. Avocado: along with heart-healthy fat, avocado contains folate, potassium, and vitamins K, C, B5, B6, and E.

  3. Banana: is full of essential nutrients that support heart and stomach health.

  4. Pineapple: helps build strong bones while supporting eye health. Plus, it’s loaded with fiber, potassium, and vitamin C, all of which protect and enhance the health of your heart.

  5. Spinach: contains proteins to keep you full and antioxidants to support the heart.

  6. Coconut milk: reduces blood pressure and cholesterol while guarding against strokes.

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