Add some healthiness to your day with this Green Tea Smoothie made with bananas and other nutritious ingredients. Sure, this rich and creamy smoothie recipe is green, but that’s because it’s full of phytonutrient dense spinach. But don’t worry, there’s lots of delicious flavors, making this green smoothie healthy to drink and easy to make too. I’ll show you how to make it without matcha too!
I’ve been a fan of the green smoothie going way back to the day when I first read about it in Dr. Fuhrman’s book, Eat to Live. Dr. Fuhrman talks a lot about the concepts of nutrient density. It makes sense — get the most nutrients you can from the fewest amount of calories and you’ll be on the right track.
I never really enjoyed spinach until the green smoothie arrived in my life. Now I eat it all the time!
How to Make a Green Tea Smoothie
Green tea smoothies are really easy to make. I should start with steps on how to make green tea. Add a green tea bag to water along. I use green tea bags that seep in either cold or hot water and that’s important for a smoothie because you don’t want to add hot water to a smoothie.
I add cashews to the water too to allow them to soak. So let the cashews and green tea seep for about 5 minutes.
Next add spinach and chopped banana to a blender. When the tea is ready, add that (along with the cashews) to the blender.
Pulse until nice and smooth. This may take several pulses to achieve. Use a spatula to push down any ingredients that might rise up on the sides of the blender.
Finally, add ice cubes and pulse again until smooth. The ice cubes are important because it creates a nice, thick consistency.
Why You’ll Love This Green Tea Spinach Smoothie.
Look, I think we’re all after the same thing — whether vegan, paleo, vegetarian, pescetarian, frutarian, or whatever arian you are — we’re all trying to do the things to feel our best. We want energy and vibrancy. Clear headedness. Good digestion.
If you fit into this category too, then you’ll love this smoothie. It’s loaded with so many good-for-you nutrients and phytochemicals, for example:
- vitamins A, B6, C, E and K
- flavonoids (an antioxidant)
That’s an impressive list, but it’s only the highlight reel. There are SO many healthy benefits to this smoothie! If you’d like to learn more about the health benefits, check out my podcast (and show notes) page on Why Green Smoothies Matter. I was so persuasive, I even got Shawn on board!
My new saying? The Couple that drinks green smoothies together, stays together. 🙂
Can I make this into a matcha smoothie?
Matcha is basically green tea leaves ground into a powder. So, by using green tea in this recipe, you technically have a matcha smoothie. That said, if you want to increase the green tea goodness, go ahead and add a teaspoon or two of matcha powder. The burst of green and green tea flavor will be delicious!
Do matcha smoothies taste good?
Of course, healthy is only one part of the equation. It doesn’t mean much if it doesn’t taste great. But the good news is, this matcha banana smoothie is so smooth and delicious, I was scraping the blender with the spatula to get every last drop. Delicious!
Are green smoothies good for weight loss?
This Green Tea Smoothie is a perfect way to start out the day because green tea is a great metabolism booster! Dr. Gregor explains more about the effect that green tea (and other flavonoid-rich foods) can have on fat-burning.
I don’t know about you, but I’m for a little metabolism boost in the morning!
Use these tips and tips to make this Green Tea Smoothie perfect every time:
- To reduce the amount of carbs in this smoothie, reduce the banana to one
- If you don’t have a high powered blender, you may want to soak the nuts longer than 5 minutes to make them softer
- My favorite smoothie tip involves the clean-up. When you’ve scraped the goodness from the blender, go ahead and add some soapy hot water, put on the lid, and blend that for a second or two. Then scrub any necessary parts and give it a rinse and you’re done!
- This recipe uses spinach only, but you can easily add other healthy greens, like kale and chard too.
I hope you love this recipe as we do! Have you tried it? Be sure and leave a comment and a rating of this recipe below and then take a quick photo and share it with me using #namelymarly on Instagram. I love seeing your creations!
Green Tea Banana Spinach Smoothie
- 1 tablespoon raw cashew pieces or ½ cup plant-based milk
- 1 Green Tea Bag I used Kirkland’s Japanese Green Tea
- 2 bananas
- 2 cups spinach
- 1 -2 teaspoons matcha powder (optional)
- 1 cup ice
- Place the cashew pieces (or plant-based milk) in a cup along with ½ cup of water and the green tea bag (Kirkland’s tea bags work in cold water). Allow the tea to steep for about 5 minutes)
- In the meantime, place the peeled bananas and the spinach in a blender, along with the matcha powder (if using).
- When the tea is ready (you’ll know when it gets nice and green), pour the tea and the cashew pieces into a blender. Pulse. Remove the lid and push down ingredients from the side of the blender. Blend again. You may need to repeat this step several times. Once everything is roughly blended, switch the blender to high until a smooth consistency is reached.
- Add the ice and pulse again until the ice is pulverized.
- Pour into a glass (or glasses) and serve immediately.