Matcha Avocado Smoothie

Matcha is popular for making hot tea, but there are other ways to enjoy this nutritious ground green tea powder.  Try it in a creamy vegan matcha avocado smoothie with no added sugar.

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This delicious drink supplies one and a half servings of fruits and vegetables, nine grams of fiber, calcium, heart-healthy fat, and much more. And, you’d never guess that it has no added sugar! 

Why matcha is good for you

Matcha and other green tea contains antioxidants that may fight cancer.  And, drinking green tea is linked to lower blood pressure and lower levels of LDL, or bad, cholesterol in the blood.

However, there’s not much research on matcha itself. Even though matcha is a type of green tea, experts aren’t sure that it has the same effects on health. Even so, matcha is good for you. 

Matcha contains caffeine

Matcha has caffeine, but relatively low levels. As a result, this matcha avocado smoothie provides a gentle energy lift, rather than a jolt. 

I like to use McCormick Gourmet Organic Matcha Green Tea with Ginger Seasonings*.  When you use it in the smoothie, it supplies about four milligrams of caffeine. That’s the same as 12 ounces of decaffeinated coffee.

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When you make the smoothie with regular matcha, the caffeine content is about 50 milligrams, far less than coffee. For instance, 16 ounces of Starbucks coffee has 330 milligrams caffeine.

The bottom line on matcha 

Matcha is not a magic bullet for preventing chronic conditions, but it may help as part of a balanced diet. And, it’s delicious and fun to use! 

No need to overdo it with matcha. It’s potent, so a little goes a long way. 

Enjoy!

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Matcha Avocado Smoothie

Makes 1 serving.

1/2 cup chopped kale or spinach

1/2 medium frozen ripe banana, sliced

1/2 pitted ripe avocado, sliced

1/2 cup unsweetened fortified soy beverage (or 1% low-fat milk)

1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Organic Matcha Green Tea with Ginger Seasoning, or regular matcha

Place all the ingredients in a blender or food processor.  Blend on high speed for 1 to 2 minutes or until smooth. Pour into a glass and drink immediately.

Per serving:
281 calories; 16 grams fat (3 grams saturated fat); 6 milligrams cholesterol; 76 milligrams sodium; 32 grams carbohydrate; 9 grams fiber; 8 grams protein

*McCormick and Organic Living Superfoods are not clients.

 

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