A Healthy Chocolate Matcha Smoothie

Smoothies can be calorie traps. But my Chocolate Matcha Smoothie is not only heatlhy, it is also dairy-free, gluten-free and vegan. Enjoy this delicious smoothie guilt-free!

My life changed a little bit the day I got a smoothie blender. That first summer I had so many smoothies, you would not believe it! I tried every recipe I could find and added way too many ‘extras’ sometimes. With time I learned to keep my ingredient selection more basic and simple. A perfect example is this wonderful Chocolate Matcha Smoothie.

Chocolate Matcha Smoothie

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Peachy Matcha Smoothie

So are you a Matcha convert or have you yet to discover this wonderful tea? If you have not tried it yet then run out and get some. I have a great one to show you today that you may want to try out. I am not new to green tea powder by far. I have several recipes on the blog with Matcha, from sweet to savory.  Sure I like the health benefits but, you know me, I love trying the unusual and less common ingredients.

But for today I will start you off with something more basic if you are new to Matcha Powder. It has been way to hot to turn on the oven lately and smoothies are still king in my kitchen. Using up some fruit in the fridge I made a Peachy Matcha Smoothie with the new green tea.

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Ultimate Coffee Smoothie and a guide

I have joined the smoothie craze this summer. I got a personal blender on my birthday in May and I have been drinking these down like there is no tomorrow. In fact on very hot summer evenings a well balanced smoothie is my dinner. There are many blogs out there with smoothie tutorials this summer. Well here is mine with a few twists that I have learned.

I have included 8 smoothie recipes below that cover a wide variety of tastes, exotic included. Try them and then go wild and change them up to suit your tastes. It’s all about experimenting. My favorite is the one I drink now every Saturday and Sunday morning, my Ultimate Coffee Smoothie. But first let’s look at my tried and true smoothie advice list.

Smoothie Turorial

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Banana Kiwi Smoothie with Rose Schizandra Kombucha

It seems like there is an influx of invitations to restaurant openings and product launches right now. It happens a lot with the arrival of spring. Most events I cannot be bothered with that much but there are exceptions. If something really grabs my attention and peaks my curiosity I will be there. And that is how I was introduced to a new product from Rise Kombucha by receiving an invitation for the launch of their two new flavors: Mint Chlorophyll and Rose Schizandra.

The curiosity word here is Kombucha. What the heck is it? The company calls it sparkling living tea. A more complete explanation would be that Kombucha is a sweetened tea that is fermented with a yeast, called Mother culture, thus creating effervescence.

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This is hardly a new product, there are claims that the history of this beverage goes back 2000 years in China or Japan. So it covers my ethnic food attraction plus it is a local, raw, organic, vegan and a fair trade product. The Rise Kombucha company is located in my city of Montreal. Actually they are located 3 blocks away from where I work. So before the official launch party I asked for a visit of their brewery. I could not take too many pics to reasons of corporate secrecy but you will still get a unique glance here.

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SRC: Peach Monster Smoothie

Today is my group’s reveal day for the Secret Recipe Club. What is the SRC? Basically you are assigned a fellow participant’s blog by the organizer and then you pick a recipe of your choice from that blog and make your version of it. But it is a secret, you cannot reveal whom you picked and what you made until the established posting date and time.

This is my return to SRC you could say. I had to back out the last 2 previous months because I broke my left wrist. Being in a cast is not ideal when cooking lol. I still have quite a bit of physio to go but I am back in the kitchen. This month I was assigned Noelle’s Blog, Opera Singer in the Kitchen. We have commented on each others blogs in the past so it was nice to  finally have a familiar blog in hand. Noelle’s recipes are mostly vegan so there was plenty of challenging options for me, the meat eater. Plenty of recipes were tempting, such as :

Persimmon Margaritas
Pumpkin Pecan Cinnamon Rolls w/ Cream Cheese Icing
Thai: Green Papaya Salad
French Cuisine: Tofu au Vin
Lavendar-infused Rhubarb and Almond Torte

Peach Monster Smoothie

But in the end I chose something simple yet so good and healthy. I have seen plenty of bloggers jump on the smoothie wagon but I had not experimented yet. The one I chose was Noelle’s Mango Monster Smoothie but I substituted the mangoes with peaches (because I could not find a ripe mango) and rice milk instead of almond milk (personal preference). I know it’s GREEN but no panic, it is sweet and delicious. Also this smoothie contains 3 fruits and 2 vegetables. That is 5 out of the 4 to 10 fruits and veggies your should st every day.

Ξ Peach Monster Smoothie Ξ

serves 1 tall glass or 2 regular glasses

1.5 cups rice milk
2.5 frozen peaches
1 frozen banana
2 cups spinach

Place items in a blender and blend very well, like a bit longer then you think necessary. Adding a touch of sugar is optional but should not be necessary.

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Rice milk is the most hypoallergenic of all milk products. Rice milk has the least amount of fat and is also cholesterol free. But if you are diabetic keep in mind rice milk is high in starch so your sugar levels could shoot up.

Spinach is extremely rich in antioxidants and it is a rich source of vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamin K, calcium, magnesium, manganese, folate, betaine, iron, vitamin B2, calcium, potassium, vitamin B6, folic acid, copper, protein, phosphorus, zinc, niacin, selenium and omega-3 fatty acids.