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A Matcha Green Tea Smoothie with A Transformational Twist {Recipe}

by Elise Museles

smoothieLately, I‘ve been thinking about the power of rituals.  A ritual is different than a routine.  Routines can become, well, a little too routine—where you simply go through the motions as if you’re on autopilot.

Rituals, on the other hand, are more like a pause in your day. They have intention and meaning behind them and can help you bring your focus deep down into your soul.  A nourishing ritual feels like a gift that you give to yourself, a short shift in focus that can make you feel centered.  It can be something simple like hugging someone you love to begin each day on the right note or lighting candles & taking a bath in the evening to wash away the stress of the day.  Some people have a moment of silence & gratitude before a meal, while others take the time to create an intention every morning.

If you don’t have any rituals, stop and think about what nourishes you and try to find space so that you can give yourself what I call your “soul greens”.  Figure out a time in your day where you can put things on hold and take a moment to reflect or create a quick experience that you can truly savor.

Here is one of my nutritious & delicious rituals:  For the past few years, I’ve been drinking my morning matcha green tea. (If you haven’t tried matcha green tea, it’s a fine powder made with baby tea leaves that is chlorophyll-rich and loaded with antioxidants.) While the health benefits of green tea go on and on, I love the way it makes me feel. And I enjoy making it for myself as a way to transition from my morning run or yoga practice into the beginning of my workday.  Sometimes I drink it straight up with hot water. Other times I create a decadent matcha green tea latte. But lately, I‘ve been making the most luscious matcha green tea smoothie recipe.

So, why is it a ritual? Because no matter how I make my matcha green tea, I always take the time not only to relish it (the color, the smell, the taste), but to also set my intentions for the day.

From my blender to yours, enjoy my morning ritual that I drink as I become grounded, focused & centered.

MATCHA GREEN TEA SMOOTHIE RECIPE

*Makes 1 large glass

INGREDIENTS

6 ounces unsweetened coconut milk (or almond milk)
½-1 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
1 cup spinach leaves
1 large banana, frozen and sliced ahead of time
2 pitted dates or sweetener of choice to taste
2-3 mint leaves to taste

*Optional: 1 scoop vanilla plant-based protein powder (I prefer the taste without it, but if you’re using the smoothie as a meal replacement, the added protein will help sustain you for a longer period of time.)

NOTE: If you use sweetened coconut or almond milk, then omit the dates.

METHOD

Mix coconut milk & matcha green tea powder in high-speed blender. Add in spinach and blend. Blend remaining ingredients until smooth.  Sip, savor & enjoy!

Question of the day: Do you have any rituals that feel like a small gift that you give to yourself each day? Share your stories & insights below.

11 Responses to A Matcha Green Tea Smoothie with A Transformational Twist {Recipe}

  1. Sharon July 2, 2013 at 11:22 pm #

    My new go-to for summer mornings. Iced Matcha Lattes. I have not tried your recipe yet, Elise, but the ingredients are on my shopping list. And I thank Dave Romanelli for turning me on to Matcha tea.

    • Elise July 2, 2013 at 11:38 pm #

      Hi Sharon,
      Hopefully, the Matcha Tea Green Smoothie will become part of your morning ritual! You’ll have to report back:)

  2. Karen Schachter July 3, 2013 at 3:17 am #

    Elise! I love your reminder about the value of rituals! It got me thinking about the rituals I would like to consciously create in my own life! I think I’ll follow your example and try this yummy smoothie in the morning. Thank you for your always-spot-on ideas!

    • Elise July 3, 2013 at 10:57 am #

      Hi Karen,
      I am so glad that you are going to take time to consciously create your own rituals. Hopefully, you will enjoy the smoothie…and even share it with your daughter:).

  3. Lynn July 3, 2013 at 4:31 pm #

    Thanks for this Elise!

    Can’t wait to try the Matcha smoothie..all of the ingredients are on my shopping list!

    And most impotantly thanks for reminding us about taking care of our selves at breakfast! As a mom, I am so focused on getting my kids to eat a healthy breakfast…I’m an after thought that’s often forgotten! Ugh…we can’t help anyone else if we don’t take care of ourselves!

    Lynn

    • Elise July 3, 2013 at 5:30 pm #

      Hi Lynn,
      I agree with you that we can’t show up as our best selves if we don’t take care of ourselves. Making something nourishing in the morning for both you and your kids is a great place to start! I am glad that you will not be an afterthought. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy the Matcha Green Tea Smoothie.

  4. Julie D'Attoma July 4, 2013 at 1:08 pm #

    Hi Elise, I always enjoy reading your blog and your latest insights to good nutrition. I am excited to try this smoothie and incorporate some healthy ritiuals into my morning. Right now, I’m working on getting my 15 year old son and 13 year old daughter to eat healthier and work out daily. The power of ritual could help here, don’t you think? Thank you for sharing your knowledge about nutrition and general well-being with us, we’re all better for it. Julie

    • Elise July 6, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

      Thanks so much, Julie, for your kind words. I hope that your kids are open to creating new and healthy rituals. Let us know how it goes! (You’re a thoughtful mom.)

  5. Anne July 4, 2013 at 2:45 pm #

    Hi Elise, I love your distinction between rituals and routines. I am currently reading a very interesting book, The Power of Habit, that explains why we do so many things each day without conscious awareness. Essentially, it’s the brain’s evolved way of conserving time and effort so that we are not overwhelmed just getting through all the daily minutiae. However, sometimes habit don’t serve us well, as in the case of addictions or even just thoughtless but less-than-healthy patterns. Your suggestion to create intentional RITUALS that take the place of old habits is great. According to the book, the only way to truly break a habit is to replace it with a new one. Your breakfast ritual is one that I am definitely going to try!

    • Elise July 6, 2013 at 6:46 pm #

      Hi Anne,
      Thanks so much for sharing. I am certain that many of us, myself included, can relate to the “thoughtless but less-than-healthy patterns” that are so easy to fall into..I’m glad that the suggestion to create intentional rituals can help take the place of old habits, especially the ones that might not be serving you well.

  6. Marla August 21, 2013 at 1:08 am #

    Every morning I am the first to wake up and while the house is quiet, I sit on the couch and sip on my nourishing green tea with my favourite pal, my dog. It sets the tone for a calm, yet energised day!

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