Today we'll show you how to make a wholesome green smoothie with ingredients that are often used in Japanese cuisine. We will use matcha, kiwi, pear, spinach, and soy yoghurt.
Kiwis, although they take their name from the New Zealand flightless bird, are actually a native Asian fruit and frequently used in Japanese dishes. We love them because they are naturally sweet, they have a marvellous green tone, and they have plenty of health benefits.
To keep carbs in control, we opted for yoghurt instead of bananas as a base for our smoothie. And to keep the recipe vegan, we used soy yoghurt. A good non-vegan alternative that will give this drink an even stronger boost of proteins is greek yoghurt.
Then there's matcha. Our beloved matcha. We rave about it whenever we can, and Marta wrote a very in-depth article explaining the benefits of matcha's vs coffee's caffeine.
Finally, we used pears and spinach. Spinach is so ridiculously healthy we should be eating it in our sleep. Pears are naturally sweet and delicious. Both are much loved in Japan, although their pear variety (Nashi) is a bit different from the Western ones (Yonashi).
Put all these gorgeous ingredients together for a glass of pure raw health. Here is a quick nutritional profile summary. A glass of this smoothie will give you 177 calories, 28% RDI of fibres, 18% RDI of proteins, and only 8% RDI of carbs. So good!