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Matcha Tea Smoothie

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.

 

 

Variations:

Use frozen fruit, such as peach and strawberry, to yield a thicker consistency.

Prep tips:

Look for matcha at specialty tea stores and some Japanese grocers. In Valencia, you can find it at Ervatario de Sophie.

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Health benefits:

Matcha is high in chlorophyll, reputed to be a potent detoxifier.

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