Green Tea Smoothie

Smoothies are a delicious way to boost your calcium intake. This recipe provides an extra antioxidant boost from matcha, a finely ground green tea. Traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony, it also is a flavoring in Japanese ice creams and confections. 

Combine in a blender:

  • 1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
  • 1⁄4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • and 1⁄2 banana, sliced.

Puree until smooth. Serve immediately. 

Variations: Use frozen fruit, such as peach and strawberry, to yield a thicker consistency. 

Prep tips: Look for matcha at specialty tea stores and some Japanese grocers.

Health benefits: Matcha is high in chlorophyll, reputed to be a potent detoxifier.  

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