Meal Replacement Matcha Smoothie
Yield: 1 large or 2 smaller servings (16+ ounces total)
A deliciously filling sip-able (or spoonable) meal that's loaded with superfoods and quality protein. You don't need to like matcha to love this smoothie!


Ingredients

  • ⅔ cup (160ml) unsweetened milk of choice (for sip-able instead of spoonable consistency, use ¾ cup/180ml)
  • 1 frozen banana (120g), cut into chunks
  • 1 tablespoon each almond butter (16g) and powdered peanut butter (6g) (or simply use 2 tablespoons of your preferred nut butter*)
  • 2 teaspoons matcha powder or 1 scoop (13g) matcha with collagen (like Vital Proteins Matcha with collagen or Collagen for Her matcha)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large Medjool dates, pitted**
  • 1 cup (1 ounce) fresh baby spinach (I often up this to 1½ cups)
  • 1 cup (6 ounces) ice
  • Optional: ½ scoop (11g) protein powder (I often use Bob’s Red Mill’s vanilla)

Instructions

  1. Place all of the ingredients except the ice in the blender in the order mentioned and blend until smooth. (Helpful hints: If you add the matcha powder and other dry ingredients after the milk they won’t get gunked up under the blade. Also, adding the spinach last prevents the powder from flying up and sticking to the lid.)

    Add the ice, blend again until very smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides as needed. Pour into a glass (or two) and enjoy!


Notes

*You may use regular peanut butter in place of the powdered (like PB2) or use 2 tablespoons almond butter – or even cashew butter. The combination simply provides a hint of extra flavor and, for those who are tracking, the powdered peanut butter supplies protein while keeping the fat and calories in check.

**Dates provide a lovely flavor and natural sweetness, but you could substitute honey, agave or maple syrup to taste. Also, if your dates aren’t soft, simply soak them in hot water for 10-15 minutes and then drain before using. Lastly, if using a different variety of date, you may find you need 4 or so to match the size and resulting flavor of Medjool dates.

One more thing: Though it may sound counterintuitive, a pinch of salt is an optional way to enhance the sweetness in a smoothie.


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