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:
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
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:
Check out our watermelon smoothie or grapes smoothie for inspiration!