This green smoothie with spinach, matcha, spearmint and other fruits and vegetables, is sure to get your day started.
It’s an amazing breakfast smoothie that’s full of healthy carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals. The matcha powder gives it a distinct green tea flavor, which in combination with the fresh spearmint, makes it a very uplifting smoothie.
Read more about all the benefits of this amazing plant-based vegan smoothie below, or scroll to the bottom for the recipe. Hint: this smoothie can be enjoyed, summer, winter, mornings and even evenings.
Why Use Matcha In Your Smoothie
Matcha is actually a great ingredient that many people don’t know of. Most people associate Matcha with tea, which makes sense, as it’s actually made of tea leaves. It’s made by taking young tea leaves and grinding them into powder. So it’s actually real tea in this smoothie.
Not only does Matcha does taste fantastic, but it’s also a very healthy ingredient. Not surprisingly, as we all know how healthy tea is. Like tea, it’s full of antioxidants which are believed to have healing powders, including fighting cancer. So it’s definitely something we should all drink more of.
Another great perk of drinking loads of tea is weight control. There’s numerous studies suggesting that tea helps to control and reduce weight. Putting matcha in your tea is a great way of getting these health benefits without drinking gallons of tea.
Smoothie That Energizes You
This smoothie contains many fruits and vegetables, which is important for giving you energy all throughout the day. One particularly good fruit for this matter is banana. They are loaded full of potassium, which keeps your hearth pumping and even lowers blood pressure.
Now, those are long term benefits, so what about the short term? Drinking this vegan smoothie with bananas is sure to give you energy. Bananas have a high amount of healthy carbohydrates and fiber. The balance of the two mean that energy is released more slowly throughout the day.
Thus giving you a balanced stream of energy, for a long period. Besides this means that you will be less prone to snacking later in the day. Simply because your body is satisfied and don’t experience those energy spikes, as a bowl of Reese’s Puff’s give you.
Dates In Smoothies
Dates are not the most popular option for smoothies. The most popular ingredients for smoothies are mostly apples, bananas, and different berries, but I’ll argue that dates are perfect for most smoothies.
That’s because dates have some properties that cannot be found elsewhere. For one, they are extremely sweet, and give a lot of flavor. This is fantastic if you add only a few dates. Although, adding too many dates will surely make your smoothie too sweet. So be careful with your measurements.
But how can dates be healthy when they are so sweet? Well, dates have high amounts of sugar, as they are always dried. However, they also contain vast amounts of fiber, meaning you don’t get those spikes in energy. On the contrary! Dates will slow down the breakdown of sugar, making you feel full and energized for longer.
Spinach Is Perfect For Smoothies
Spinach is maybe one of the most amazing ingredients for smoothies. The reason being that they are extremely healthy, while being low in calories. A cup of raw spinach has only 7 calories, which is practically nothing. So it’s essentially not possible to overeat on spinach.
It may come as a surprise, but spinach actually has quite a lot of protein. Well, at least compared to it’s low calorie content. One cup of spinach has just about 1 gram of protein, which is a lot in only 7 calories.
Moreover, the vitamins and mineral content is amazing. It’s loaded full of of the most essential vitamins and minerals. -Giving you both short and long term benefits.
Probably the best thing about spinach, in regards to smoothies, is that it’s delicious. There’s definitely a reason spinach has become a standard for green smoothies.
Healthy Smoothie For Vegans
Many people add non-vegan ingredients to smoothies, such as protein powder. The reason it’s often not vegan is because many use whey, which is derived from milk. Although this smoothie is suitable for both vegans and vegetarians.
Another non-vegan ingredient in smoothies is milk. However, it’s actually quite easy to make smoothies without dairy products. It does add some creamy texture, but there are plenty of fruits and vegetables that can do the same.
Bananas and dates combine to give this smoothie and creamy and thick texture. So there’s really no need to any dairy products in this, or any other smoothie.
Adding Protein Powder To Smoothie
It makes some sense to add protein powder to your smoothies, especially in the morning. It’s always good to find new ways to introduce more protein to our diets. High protein diets are linked to healthy weight, and can help you build some muscle.
Now, adding a little protein to your smoothie won’t make you are bodybuilder, but it does help your body function better.
This smoothie doesn’t require protein powder, as it’s already very healthy and should keep you satisfied. Although, you can certainty add some if you want. I recommend that you use any plant-based protein powder, as these are more humane and green.
Spinach Smoothie With Matcha And Spearmint
- 2 bananas
- 2 handfuls of fresh spearmint
- 150 g spinach
- 1/2 cucumber
- 1 tsp matcha
- 1 tsp vanilla powder
- 1 date
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- Add all the ingredients to your blender
- Add water so it covers 2/3 of the ingredients
- Blend everything until it's creamy and liquid. This depends on your preference.