5 Ways To Enjoy Matcha Green Tea

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Sometimes I forget how much I love matcha green tea. I think I get into a coffee-drinking rut and I accidentally ignore one of my favorite teas. I love the flavor, and knowing it's a great source of antioxidants doesn't hurt, either. Of course, you can easily just make a cup of hot or cold green tea — or even a green tea latte — but recently, I decided to challenge myself to think outside the box and find a few more ways to enjoy matcha. I'm excited to share my favorite five with you all!

First, let's talk about spinach cubes, which you'll need for one of the recipes. If you're looking to make some green smoothies anytime soon, I highly recommend you blend together 8 ounces of well-rinsed spinach with 2/3 cup water. I usually do this in a food processor, but a blender would work well, too.

Then, freeze the spinach mixture in an ice cube tray and use those cubes throughout the week to make green smoothies. This ensures your spinach won't go bad before you can use it all and it blends into the smoothie better, so you don't have little leafy bits.

I also like to remove ripe bananas from their peel and cut them into 5 to 6 pieces. I freeze those in a ziplock and use throughout the week, too. I usually freeze 4 to 5 bananas at once, so I will have enough to last a while.

For the green tea, I whisk together the matcha and water. This helps to ensure you don't have any powdery clumps in your mixture. Also, peel and remove apple cores before use.

In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. The frozen banana and spinach will make this smoothie just slightly chilled, so add a few ice cubes (before or after blending) if you want it really cold.

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I call this one The Green Monster. It tastes a lot like some of the fresh juices you can buy at health food stores, but you don't need any special equipment, aside from a blender. This drink is lightly sweetened, really refreshing, and packed with good things.

The Green Monster
1 1/2 cup water
1 tsp matcha powder
1 banana, frozen
1 spinach cube (as explained earlier)
1 Granny Smith apple
2 to 3 fresh mint leaves
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Next is a vanilla matcha breakfast smoothie. This is so creamy and (lightly) sweet that it almost feels like a dessert. Almost.

Vanilla Matcha Breakfast Smoothie
1 cup milk (or water)
1/2 tsp matcha powder
2 frozen bananas
1/2 scoop (or suggested serving size) vanilla protein powder

1. Whisk together the milk and matcha powder until smooth.

2. Blend all the ingredients together for 2 minutes. Make sure to blend well. Otherwise, the protein powder can feel a little chalky.
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Have you guys ever tried chia water before? I think it makes an awesome afternoon pick-me-up (instead of my usual cup of coffee). I drink this unsweetened, but you could easily add some honey or other sweetener, if you like.

Chia Green Tea
1 1/2 cups water
1/4 tsp matcha powder
1 tbsp chia seeds
Juice from 1/4 lemon or lime

1. In a tall glass or jar, whisk (or shake if you're using a jar with a lid) together the water and matcha powder.

2. Stir in the chia seeds and refrigerate for at least 10 minutes.

3. Give the water a stir if it looks like the seeds are sticking together. The longer they soak, the more gelatinous they become.

4. Squeeze in a little lemon juice before serving.
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Have you ever heard of bulletproof coffee? I forget where I first heard about it, but I do remember thinking, That sounds interesting. And I'll pretty much try anything that I think sounds interesting. Why not? For me, this is a tasty alternative to coffee or plain green tea, but not something I would drink everyday.

Bulletproof Green Tea
2 cups hot water
1/2 tsp matcha powder
1/2 tbsp butter
1/2 tbsp coconut oil

1. Heat your water until just before boiling.

2. Add the matcha and whisk until no powdery clumps remain.

3. In a blender, combine the green tea, butter, and coconut oil. Place a towel over the top of the blender and blend for 30-45 seconds on high.

4. The butter and oil will dissolve and the high speed will incorporate some air, giving you a little foam on top (like a latte). Serve hot.
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This is sort of like a green tea Arnold Palmer. It's very refreshing and more fun to drink than water (ha!). I didn't sweeten my version, but you can add a little honey or other sweetener, if desired.

Green Tea Lemonade
1 1/2 cups cold water
1/4 tsp matcha powder
Juice from 2-3 lemons

1. In a tall glass, combine the cold water and matcha.

2. Whisk until no clumps remain.

3. Stir in the fresh lemon juice and add ice.