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.