Japanese Smoothie with Matcha

Delicious and nutritious, this green Japanese smoothie with matcha, kiwi and pear is inspired by the flavours of Japan. We rounded it up with spinach and yoghurt for extra proteins and antioxidants.

Japanese Smoothie with Matcha and Kiwi


Nutrition per serving
Net Carbs32.1 g11.7%
of which Sugars22.2 g24.7%
Fibers6.5 g23.4%
Fats2.9 g4.5%
of which Saturates0.4 g2%
of which Omega 30.2 g21.8%
Proteins5.8 g12.7%
Calcium242 mg24.2%
Vitamin A192 mcg27.4%
Vitamin C110 mg146.6%
Iron2.9 mg19.6%
Potassium640 mg18.3%
Sodium51 mg2.2%
Cholesterol0 mg0%
Kcal178 8.9%
Macro split
  • net carbs 68%
  • sugars 47%
  • fats 6%
  • saturates 1%
  • proteins 12%
  • fibers 14%
*RDA based on a 2000 kcal diet;
**Nutritional data sources: USDA, food labels.
178 per serving

Today, we'll show you how to make a healthy green smoothie with ingredients that are often used in Japanese cuisine.

We blended matcha, kiwi and pear with spinach and soy yoghurt into a delicious Japan-inspired green juice.

Kiwis are a native Asian fruit and are frequently used in Japanese recipes.

Pears, too, are much loved in Japan — although their pear variety (Nashi) is a bit different from the Western ones (Yonashi).

Both pears and kiwi are naturally sweet, have lots of fibres and provide plenty of health benefits, from aiding weight loss to promoting gut health.

To keep carbs in check, we opted for yoghurt instead of bananas. Yoghurt makes our Japanese smoothie creamy while adding proteins.

We used soy yoghurt, but you also go for Greek yoghurt to make this green Japanese juice even higher in proteins.

Then there's matcha. This green powder of pulverised, high-quality Japanese green tea leaves is packed with health-giving antioxidants.

You'll need just 1/2 teaspoon of matcha powder per smoothie to reap all its benefits.

And if you didn't know, matcha is also energising as it has caffeine. But matcha caffeine is better than coffee caffeine!

A glass of this kiwi matcha smoothie has 177 calories, 28% RDI of fibres, 18% RDI of proteins, and only 8% RDI of carbs.

It's also packed with vitamin C and iron, thanks to the combo kiwi-spinach, which also features in our high-iron smoothie recipe.

For more healthy green smoothies to try after this matcha fruit smoothie, check out these ideas:

Frequently Asked Questions

How to use matcha green tea powder in smoothies?

Adding matcha powder to smoothies is a great way to give them a strong energy boost. Matcha is, after all, an excellent stimulant, with much better properties than coffee. But how do you add the powder to smoothies?

You can either add as it is or brew it first. The method you use will depend on the ingredients in your smoothie.

If your smoothie consists of "dry", non-juicy ingredients, like spinach, apples, or pears, you'll need to add some liquids to get a creamy drink. You would usually use some form of milk here or even water for a lighter smoothie.

What you can do instead is make matcha tea, (or matcha latte), cool it in the fridge, and then add it to the smoothie. Brewing matcha is great because the heat will help the powder release more of its beneficial properties.

If your smoothie recipe uses creamy ingredients instead (like banana, or yogurt) adding matcha tea or latte will likely over-dilute the smoothie. What you can do here is use the powder as is — just add it to the blender and blitz extra well.

How to remove bits from smoothies without a centrifuge?

Do you get lots of bits in your smoothie? This problem arises when making smoothies with dry and fibrous ingredients, like pears or spinach. If your blender is not strong enough, it may struggle to make a creamy smoothie and leave you with lots of bits.

First of all, there's nothing wrong with those bits. They are the fibrous part of the veggies and fruits, and they contain most of the nutrients that are good for you.

But if you want to get a creamier smoothie without buying a super-powerful blender or centrifuge, you can follow these two simple tips:

  1. Add more liquids to your smoothie. The dry ingredients may get stuck on the side of your blender, making it hard for the blades to catch them. With more liquids, the ingredients flow around freely, and the blades can do their job better

  2. You can turn any smoothie into a clear and bitless drink, without using a centrifuge. All you need is a cheesecloth, but any thin piece of fabric will do. Pour the smoothie into the cheesecloth and squeeze the clear liquid out. You'll get a beautiful clear drink, but you'll lose all the good fibres. Not good! To mitigate this, take the pulp and lay it flat over a baking tray. Cook it a low temperature in the oven until it dries out. Then add it to yogurts as granola.

What other ingredients can I use to make a Japanese-style smoothie?

Our smoothie recipe above contains kiwis, pears, spinach, and matcha. All these ingredients feature in many Japanese recipes and are a staple eat in Japan. Are you craving for more? Check out this list of foods you can use to make a Nippon smoothie:

  • Pitted cherries

  • Persimmon (Kaki)

  • Orange

  • Kumquat

  • Watermelon

  • Peach

  • Grapes

Check out our watermelon smoothie or grapes smoothie for inspiration!


Measuring System
Ripe Pears1
Fresh Spinach80 g
Ripe Kiwi Fruit2
Soy Yogurt250 g
Matcha Powder1 tsp

Step 1

Rinse well the pears and, keeping the skin on, core them and roughly chop them into chunks.

Then, add them to a food processor along with spinach and peeled kiwi, and give all a quick blitz.

Kiwi spinach and pear in a blender

Step 2

Next, add the soy yogurt and matcha powder and blend the ingredients into a creamy smoothie.

Soy yogurt and matcha green smoothie

Step 3

Enjoy your Japanese matcha smoothie right away or store it in a tight seal bottle in the fridge for 2-3 days.

Japanese green smoothie with matcha


  • Swaps and add-ons: - Add 1/2 teaspoon of spirulina powder for a deep green tone and a boost of nutrients and antioxidants. - Replace pears with apples like Granny Smith or Golden Delicious and spinach with other greens like kale or watercress. - Add 30 grams of oats per serving for extra energy or, for a breakfast idea, check out this kiwi matcha overnight oats.