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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.