Creamy Matcha Smoothie

Another fabulous green smoothie that will knock yer socks off. I'm properly getting into these things although I still like them to err on the sweet side - not quite ready for a full blown veggie juice first thing just yet. Whilst on my raw cookery course I sampled a green smoothie seriously rammed full of greens - rocket, kale, watercress - and it was a little bit too intense for my tastes although I appreciated the resulting spring in my step after I drank it down. I honestly felt like I'd taken a shot of espresso only without the mild trembling that normally ensues after I ingest such strong coffee. It was good stuff but, I'll be truthful, it left a lot to be desired in the taste stakes.

This smoothie, however, does taste very nice. Very nice indeed. It's the perfect way to start your morning. Sure the spring in your step might not be as great as if you consumed the practically all leaf smoothie that tastes sub par but 'it's reeeeeeaaaally good for you, don't ya know?'. Still, there's plenty of goodness in this glass, so I'm not overly concerned.

In other news, my Husband is cutting out soy for 10 days to see if his constant streaming nose clears up. Updates to follow.

creamy matcha smoothie

1 banana

1 pear

1 kiwi

1 celery stick

1 avocado

handful of baby leaf spinach

2 medjool dates

1 tsp matcha powder

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 cup coconut milk (not the stuff from a can - or any plant milk)

4 ice cubes

filtered water

Quarter and de-seed the pear, chop and place in blender along with the peeled banana, peeled and chopped kiwi.

Add washed and chopped celery. Halve the avocado, remove the stone and scoop the flesh into the blender.

Lastly add the dates (remove the stone!), matcha powder, vanilla extract, coconut milk, ice cubes, spinach and a splash of water. Blitz until completely smooth. If it is a little too thick add more filtered water and blitz again.

Pour into a tall glass and glug away! Morning y'all:)

breakfast, veganAine Carlin