Green Tea Matcha Smoothie

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This green matcha smoothie recipe will energize you in an instant! A healthy blend of green tea, yogurt, almonds, banana, spinach, and kale all in one tasty sip.

Matcha Green Tea Smoothie

As we gear into a fresh new year, let’s get excited to take on our personal health goals! With a chance to restart and recharge, I am always motivated to make actionable changes to my food and fitness routine to stay on track. I love the challenge of developing better-for-you recipes, but that you will still enjoy and crave! One way is by creating breakfast recipes that add more nutrition to your day.

This super green smoothie will give the energy boost that you need to kick-start your mornings. By making some simple, wholesome swaps, it’s easy to add protein, fiber, fruit, vegetables, and antioxidants into your glass without compromising on flavor. Let’s start this year off right together and put that blender to work!

Container of Truvia, a calorie-free sweetener

Being a full-time mom, wife, food scientist and blogger is so fulfilling, yet can get hectic juggling all of the incredible gifts that I have. To stay active and energized for my family and me, I always commit to two things each day; eating a healthy breakfast and exercising (no matter how little or intense).

How to Make a Green Smoothie

Today I am sharing my ULTIMATE super green smoothie recipe that I make each morning to get the cylinders firing. My son calls it “mommy’s super juice,” and it sure is. Let me tell you why and show you how.

Vitamix container of bananas and spinach for a green smoothie

Greens

Baby kale and spinach are delicate and tender, and the earthy and bitter notes are not as strong for the smoothie. One cup of kale is packed with about 3 grams of protein, 2.5 grams of fiber, vitamins A, C, K, folate, phosphorus, potassium, calcium and zinc, omega-3 fatty acids and the phytonutrients lutein and zeaxanthin. Spinach is rich in iron and an excellent source of vitamins K, A, C, and folic acid.

Matcha Green Tea

The ground green tea leaves can contain up to 10 to 15 times more overall nutrients, and 100 times more antioxidants compared to traditional green tea. The antioxidants from different catechins help to protect against free radicals and strengthen your immune system.

Protein

Greek yogurt and almonds (nuts and milk) add a boost of protein, so you stay satiated until the next meal. Yogurt also contains probiotics which daily consumption has been shown to help to increase the immune system and promote a healthy digestive tract.

Glass of green smoothie with a paper straw

Fruit

Bananas add a light natural sweetness and creamy texture to the green smoothie. It’s also a good source of potassium, electrolytes, and contains prebiotic fibers that aid in digestion.

Natural Sweetener

To balance the bitterness from the greens and tea, two teaspoons of a sweetener is added to the smoothie. Look for a zero-calorie and a stevia-based sweetener. It’s the perfect swap for sugar, one packet of sweetener provides the same sweetness as two teaspoons of sugar.

All of these nutritional powerhouse ingredients get added to your blender, and in less than 5 minutes you have a cold, creamy and delicious smoothie ready to drink at home or on-the-go.

Top view of a green smoothie with Matcha Tea ingredients on a table

A glass of this super green smoothie with matcha tea will help nourish your body so you can optimize your day! Now that I’ve shared my top-secret daily breakfast regimen, how will you incorporate this recipe into your routine?

Breakfast or a quick afternoon snack, it’s a refreshing beverage to add to your meal plan. I can’t wait to hear about your smoothie adventures in the comments section below!

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How do you use Matcha Green Tea in Recipes?

Matcha powder is finely ground whole green tea leaves that provide a mild tea flavor with a hint of sweetness and creamy texture. For culinary purposes, it can be used in beverages like smoothies and lattes, desserts like ice cream, puddings, baked goods or even in snack bars. Select ceremonial grade for the highest quality drinking tea. I recommend starting with adding one teaspoon to your recipe and then gradually increasing until you reach the desired amount of green tea flavor.

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Green Tea Matcha Smoothie

This easy to make super green smoothie recipe will energize you in an instant! A healthy blend of matcha tea, yogurt, almonds, banana, spinach and kale all in one delicious sip.
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4.23 from 62 votes
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time0 mins
Total Time5 mins
Servings 2 servings
Course Breakfast, Drink
Cuisine Japanese

Ingredients

  • 2 cups ice cubes
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • ½ cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt, or dairy free
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 cup baby kale
  • 1 banana, sliced
  • ¼ cup sliced almonds
  • 1 tablespoon matcha green tea powder
  • 2 teaspoons natural sweetener, Truvia® Natural Sweetener

Instructions 

  • Add all ingredients into a blender.
  • Blend for 60 to 90 seconds until the mixture is smooth. Add more ice for a thicker smoothie or milk to thin the smoothie as desired.

Notes

  • Unsweetened cashew, soy, rice, coconut or dairy milk can be used instead of almond milk.
  • Add some protein powder for an extra protein boost. I usually use 1 scoop to 8 ounces liquid.

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Nutrition Facts
Green Tea Matcha Smoothie
Amount Per Serving
Calories 168 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 0.3g2%
Polyunsaturated Fat 0.3g
Monounsaturated Fat 1g
Cholesterol 2mg1%
Sodium 140mg6%
Potassium 442mg13%
Carbohydrates 31g10%
Fiber 7g28%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 8g16%
Vitamin A 2950IU59%
Vitamin C 23.1mg28%
Calcium 330mg33%
Iron 1.4mg8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. Gabriella says

    This matcha green smoothie looks SO good! I’m actually drinking my favorite tropical green smoothie as I write this, but I have to give yours a go. I love matcha and I love smoothies, but I’ve never had a matcha smoothie. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Thank you so much Gabriella! The combination is addicting, I have it every morning! I LOVE a good tropical smoothie 🙂 What do you add to yours?

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Yay Kevin! Thank you for trying the recipe and letting me know what you thought 🙂 I love green tea flavor too!

  2. Lily says

    I just tried this smoothie this morning. So delicious! This will be one of my favorite smoothies from now on, that’s for sure! Thank you for the recipe.

  3. James Ludwig says

    Hey there! Thanks for the awesome recipe, I am excited to try it!:) If you don’t mind me asking, where does one normally go about purchasing matcha?:)

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi James! Do you have a whole foods or sprouts new you? That’s where I usually get mine or search on amazon for matcha green tea powder.

  4. Emily says

    Is matcha the dominant flavor in this smoothie?

    I’m 11 weeks pregnant and having trouble getting adequate nutrition these days as all I want to eat is cold cereal, bananas, crackers/cheese, and potatoes. I’ve never been a fan of green smoothies (I like salads, but don’t like drinking them…) – I usually use frozen berries or mango, but I love matcha lattes and have been drinking them (made with almond milk) in lieu of coffee, which I suddenly find is too acidic!

  5. Sophia says

    Jessica I love this smoothie its my new go to breakfast smoothie! I love the energy boost I get from the matcha. One question I have is how you get the smoothie so smooth? When I do green smoothies with leafy greens like kale or spinach I end up chewing them because its not shredded finely enough. I’m using a ninja blender right now but I’ve been looking into getting a refurbished vitamix or blendtec. What blender are you currently using and what would you recommend? I just read this post https://livingfreshdaily.com/vitamix-5300-vs-7500/ talking about some vitamix blenders and I’m thinking im going to get the vitamix 5300. Do you have any experience with this blender? Thanks!

    • Jessica Gavin says

      Hi Sophia! I just published an article on blenders, perfect timing! I have tried a ninja blender and although it breaks down tougher ingredients really well, I had the same experience as you that it never became a really superfine and creamy smoothie. I always had green chunks in my teeth, haha. I believe it’s the gravity feeding and super sharp small blades of the Vitamix that gives the extremely smooth texture. I have two Vitamix blenders, a new A3500 ascent series that have a bunch of pre-programmed settings and a digital touchscreen. It’s got all the bells and whistles and can even make soups. I also have a more basic Vitamix CIA professional blender that I started with and still love. I think you should get a 64 ounce size and just make sure it has a variable speed dial. Other than that, the other features are just a bonus. I’m having a vitammix giveaway contest that’s ending soon for my cookbook launch, you should sign up!

    • B says

      I’ve heard the “daily matcha” is great. You can get it from amazon and it’s 100% Japanese matcha powder from premium Japanese Tencha leaves.

    • Becca says

      I get mine from Sipology. They have lots of great flavors too! I love the strawberry matcha in milk, the peppermint in white hot chocolate, and the vanilla in orange juice! I’m excited to try some in a smoothie though!

  6. Mogan says

    Is this recipe make-ahead friendly? Could I make a larger batch for maybe 3-4 smoothies and then keep them in the fridge (in airtight containers) to drink throughout the week?

  7. Alice Schoo-Jerger says

    Leaving out the ice cubes (or frozen fruit) I make it a week in advance storing in frig in 6 pint Mason jars for 2 servings each. The morning of, dump in the blender with the ice cubes (or frozen fruit). Blend & serve. If you like to add oats or flaxseed to your smoothies, these are also items that should be added in the morning of. They stick like crazy to the Mason jar otherwise.

  8. AB says

    Hi ! Great recipe, I really loved the taste of this smoothie 🙂

    This might be a strange question, but where did you get this glass ? I love it !! Thanks !!

  9. Serena Lofton says

    This smoothie is amazing. You had me at matcha so this was easy for me to love. So refreshing and looking forward to drinking it all the time.

    Instead of almond milk I use a vanilla protein shake. The shake and the banana add the perfect amount of sweetness and the protein keeps me full. Also use hemp seeds instead of almonds. 😁

    Great recipe! Thanks for sharing!!

  10. Eula Hobock says

    It is very easy to go wrong while brewing green tea. It needs to be brewed at the right temperature, for the right amount of time. For that perfect cup of tea, the optimal temperature is 80 degree Celsius. Anything over this temperature and you risk your tea turning bitter. Green tea has a lot of elements in it that contribute to its complex flavor.

  11. Anthea says

    Hi there. Used yr recipe and made a basic matcha smoothie. Only good matcha tea, spinach, banana, oat milk. That’s it. Easy to prepare in morning on the run.
    So thanks for the inspiration. It’s delicious!!!!

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