Cooking with Clearspring ... Mega 'Morning' Chia Matcha Smoothie
It's that time again ... yup, ima cookin' with Clearspring. Or rather, 'constructing' with Clearspring, as I'm not entirely sure making a smoothie counts as cooking. Regardless, this is one heck of a nutritious start to day, packed full of 'em superfoods you hear people banging on about... and not without good reason too, I might add. Chia seeds are the buzzwords on everybody's lips right now, partly due to their gelatinous texture when mixed with liquid that make them perfect for puddings and smoothies but also because, despite their minuscule form, they are nutritionally mighty. If you're worried about your protein or omega-3 intake then these are the boys for you. They also happen to possess some antioxidant properties, which I've boosted further by the matcha inclusion. But (I hasten yo add) it's not all about nutrition - it has to taste good too, so I've attempted to keep some flavour equilibrium by adding the dates (for sweetness, obvs.), kiwi, blueberries and lime... they have a touch of zesty sourness that work really well with the other ingredients. The avocado gives the smoothie that wonderful creaminess much in the same way a banana would but seeing as I know many of you like your smoothies sans banana, I thought this would be a terrific alternative. Not forgetting the coconut water too - in this instance it lends a much cleaner taste than plant milk. I must admit, I'm pretty taken with this particular 'King Coco' variety, which is seriously lush... I was tempted to just stick a straw in and be done with it but I'm glad I didn't in the end because this smoothie was, well, mega.
what you'll need
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 heaped tsp Clearspring Matcha powder
juice 1/2 lime
3 medjool dates, pitted
large handful blueberries
(optional) few ice-cubes
what you'll do
place the chia seeds in a small bowl and cover with a little coconut water. set aside for 10 minutes to activate.
put everything into a high-speed blender (I use a Froothie) and blitz until completely smooth.
divide into two glasses and top with blueberries, chopped kiwi and chia seeds.