Tag Archives: #StPatricksDay

Luck of the Irish Green Smoothie

You don’t have to be Irish to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day. You don’t even need to wear green – you can drink it instead! Sip this vegan, no-added-sugar version of a fast-food shamrock shake and count yourself lucky for all the good nutrition and great taste it supplies.

fullsizeoutput_1fa6

This delicious smoothie supplies one and a half servings of fruits and vegetables, nine grams of fiber, nearly as much calcium as a glass of milk, heart-healthy fat, and much more. And there’s no artificial colors or flavors like those fast-food versions of green shakes.

Matcha, finely-ground green tea leaves, provides natural color, and phytonutrients, which are plant compounds that protect cells against damage. It also contains caffeine.

I use McCormick Gourmet Organic Matcha Green Tea with Ginger Seasonings*, so the caffeine content is about approximately four milligrams, about the same as a 12-ounce cup of decaffeinated coffee.

fullsizeoutput_1fa3

If you use regular matcha, the smoothie has about 50 milligrams of caffeine. For the sake of comparison, 16-ounces of Starbucks brewed coffee has 330 milligrams.

Enjoy!

fullsizeoutput_1fa7

Luck of the Irish Green 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 tunnel smooth. Pour into a glass and drink immediately.

Per serving (using kale and 1% low-fat milk):
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.

%d bloggers like this: