Smoothies are a delicious way to boost your calcium intake. This recipe provides an extra antioxidant boost from matcha, a finely ground green tea. Traditionally used in the Japanese tea ceremony, it also is a flavoring in Japanese ice creams and confections.
Combine in a blender:
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
1⁄4 cup milk
1 tablespoon orange juice
1 teaspoon honey
and 1⁄2 banana, sliced.
Puree until smooth. Serve immediately.
Use frozen fruit, such as peach and strawberry, to yield a thicker consistency.
Look for matcha at specialty tea stores and some Japanese grocers. In Valencia, you can find it at Ervatario de Sophie.
Matcha is high in chlorophyll, reputed to be a potent detoxifier.