I almost bought a juicer to start off my new year in a super nutritious fashion (Okay, yes. I may have binge watched all of the health food documentaries on Netflix in preparation for a healthier new year). I had spent days researching the pros and cons – I prefer to crowd source my information online and what I found was that people have very different views on the subject that left me even more uncertain about my decision than when I started. My research into juicing brought up several points that I couldn’t get out of my head like ‘It’s messy and hard to stick with’ and ‘why not eat the fiber?’. Juicing is supposed to be a great way to absorb the micro nutrients of more fruits and vegetables than you could possibly eat in one sitting or even in one day and that is certainly appealing when the average diet likely doesn’t hit our micro nutrient targets. So which is better, juicing or smoothies?
I came away pretty confused with two thoughts – ‘I’m not sure’ and ‘It depends’. So I did the most logical thing I could think of when faced with this difficult decision and pulled out my blender, filled it with Matcha, Spinach, fruits and vegetables and hit the blend button.
I made a green smoothie the next day, and the day after that. Soon I realized that I could make two and have one ready to go when I was in a hurry in the mornings and it would taste pretty much the same. Before I knew it, my indecision had led to an effortless daily green smoothie habit. When I didn’t have one my day felt off.
This Matcha green smoothie is now my absolute favorite way to get micro nutrients into my diet. I bet Juicing is awesome too but this is what works for me right now. When it comes to health and fitness it’s crucial to find what works best for you – those things you can stick with and work into your diet or routine fairly effortlessly. Because healthy habits have a way of snowballing into healthier choices and an overall healthier lifestyle. I wasn’t trying to lose weight when I started drinking this green smoothie but I lost 3 lbs in 2 weeks because this one small change inspired me to start living a healthier and more active lifestyle.
Here is the recipe for my favorite green smoothie! I would recommend switching it up regularly so that you are getting a wide variety of micro nutrients. This recipe makes a large smoothie that I drink as a meal replacement for breakfast, it can be divided in half to make a smaller snack size drink.
Matcha Green Smoothie
- 1/2 Ripe avocado
- 1c Fresh spinach
- 1/2 Cucumber
- 1 Banana, frozen
- 1c of milk or milk substitute
- 1 Tbsp matcha powder
- 1/2 c Hot water
- 1 tsp Raw honey
- 5 ice cubes
- Add matcha powder and honey to hot water and stir until combined. Set aside to cool.
- Place all other ingredients in blender and blend for 30 seconds. Slowly add the matcha mixture and continue blending until smooth. If you want a thicker consistency add 3-8 more ice cubes.
Leave a comment and let me know what kind of small changes you’ve been making to live a healthier lifestyle!