Smoothies are just plain fun, aren’t they? Fun to make and fun to eat drink. They’re great for breakfast on-the-go, pre- or post-workout boosts or as a satisfying snack. They are vibrant, cool and creamy. And they are as simple to prepare as this matcha kale power smoothie.

While not all smoothies are created equally, it is important to try to pack as much of a nutritious punch as possible when considering what to throw into the blender. Think ‘green’ for the main ingredient: as in a leafy green like spinach or kale or rainbow veggies like beets or carrots.

To offset the potential bitterness or heaviness of the vegetable, add some fruit for natural sweetness or consider adding ginger root for zing. Or both!

Additions of protein powder or super foods like hemp hearts, chia seeds and matcha green tea powder offer extra power and energy boosts.

And to sweeten the deal, consider adding honey or maple or agave syrups to your smoothie, as opposed to artificial or refined sugars.

If you’re still in doubt about whether or not smoothies are for you, check out this super fun video for the Matcha Kale Power Smoothie,then scroll down for the full recipe and give it a try, or add your own variation!

Matcha Kale Power Smoothie

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 10 minutes

Yield: 2

Serving Size: cups

Calories per serving: 199

Fat per serving: 2.2

Carbs per serving: 39

Protein per serving: 24

Fiber per serving: 8

Sugar per serving: 39

Sodium per serving: 233

Matcha Kale Power Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 250 ml (1 cup) water
  • 125 ml (1/2 cup) plain or vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 scoop (approx. 45 g or 3 1/2 Tbsp) vanilla-flavoured protein powder
  • 3 g (1/2 tsp) Matcha green tea powder
  • 1 handful (approx. 1 to 1 1/2 cups) washed, de-stemmed and roughly chopped kale
  • 1/2 mango (approx. 1/2 cup), cubed (fresh or frozen)
  • 1 small banana in chunks (this was a last-minute addition as the protein powder taste was a bit overpowering)
  • 4-6 ice cubes

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to blender in the order in which they appear.
  2. Liquids should go first. (Note: if you forget to add the water first, as the author did, just add it in at a later step.)
  3. Pulse the blender or start on low setting, depending on model.
  4. Gradually increase speed and blend for about a minute, or until desired consistency is reached.
  5. If smoothie is too thick, add water, 1/4 cup at a time, and blend.
  6. If a sweeter smoothie is desired, consider adding a tablespoon or maple syrup, honey or agave syrup.
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