A Great Green Start

Green smoothies are nothing new. You can find countless recipes all over the internet, in cookbooks, and magazines. You may have even heard of the whole “Green Monster Movement” (aside – I’ve never been a fan of the term green monster; not sure why). Adding a few leafy greens to your morning smoothie is old news. But that’s not gonna stop me from sharing this recipe.

See, I stumbled upon a somewhat different kind of green smoothie in the December issue of Alive magazine (a free health/wellness mag available at many grocery and health food stores around Metro Vancouver).


There was an article about 8 Sniffle-Busting Foods – you know, the whole “rev up your immune system” list that is ever so popular in the winter months. Lots of great foods on the list of course – almonds, apples, mushrooms, etc. Nothing exotic or overly expensive either. And of course it was accompanied by some recipes to help you utilize all of these foods. I was drawn to one in particular – the Matcha Yogourt Smoothie.


I had always thought matcha would make an excellent smoothie ingredient, but hadn’t played around with it much. But when I saw this recipe, I knew I had to try it. A quick inventory of my kitchen made me realize I didn’t quite have all the ingredients asked for, so I started doing some substituting, which lead to revamping the whole recipe. 


Now, I’m sure the original recipe was excellent in it’s own right. But my amped up version is awesome. In fact, I might be so bold as to call it my signature green smoothie.


This smoothie packs in three different fruits, a double dose of greens, healthy fats, and a little protein to boot. Definitely a great way to start your day. And it’s the most beautiful shade of green, don’t you think?


If only I could come up with a catchy name for it now…suggestions?


Ultimate Green Goodness Smoothie

serves 1

  • 1/2 large granny smith apple
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seed
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp matcha powder
  • juice of 1/2 lime

1. Chop your apple, leaving on the skin. If your blender isn’t the greatest, you’ll want to chop it into smaller pieces.


2. Add the apple and water to the blender, and whiz until well blended. Or until your crappy magic bullet starts to smell weird.


3. Add the remainder of your ingredients.

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I like to add everything to the cup except the spinach, then jam as much in as there is room left. I estimate it’s about 1 cup.


4. Blend until smooth, pour into a glass, and enjoy!


Feel free to substitute in hemp or chia seeds for the flax seed, and if you are looking for some more protein replace the water with the milk of your choice, or even add a scoop of protein powder. However, I like it just the way it is – a little tart, a little sweet, packed full of nutrients. Give it a go – you’ll kick off your day in a very green way!

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17 Comments on “A Great Green Start”

  1. January 5, 2011 at 9:19 pm #

    That looks pretty awesome!!! But I may have to wait until I get a new blender.

    I killed my old one trying to make Wendy’s frosties substitutes (healthy of course). It started to smoke so I try not to make smoothies anymore.

    Too bad about Vitamixes being so $$$$!!!

  2. January 5, 2011 at 9:23 pm #

    BTW I need a Van city fix baaaaddddd!!!! 😦

    But one of my co-workers is sick so vacation time is up in the air. And we’re not generally fans of driving to Van in the winter – too many mountain passes. But as soon as we can we’ll be there.

    When are you coming here? I could maybe even meet you in Portland or something. For a fun getaway! 🙂

  3. January 6, 2011 at 3:24 am #

    Love that magazine and the smoothie!

  4. January 6, 2011 at 5:05 pm #

    Wow, what a gorgeous Green Monster! You’ve inspired me to make one…midnight snack?

  5. January 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    OMG! You and Kristie are two Canadians on a mission to fight colds with green drinks and Maranatha! I don’t like the use of the word Monster either! I think if it were up to me – which of course, it always is – I would call it a Green Elixir or Life-Giving Bev or something equally hippy!

    • January 10, 2011 at 11:16 pm #

      I’m liking the hippie vibe for the name…I’ll take them under consideration 🙂

  6. January 7, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    I love that you are drinking a smoothie out of a beer mug. I hope you have a great day and enjoy your smoothie

  7. January 7, 2011 at 1:01 pm #

    I would love to make one of these but I don’t have any yogurt. I used to eat Fage Greek yogurt but it upset my stomach. Do you know of a good substitute or will is still be good if I leave the yogurt out?

    • January 10, 2011 at 11:18 pm #

      Good question – I bet you could leave out the yogurt, and maybe replace it with a non-dairy milk instead? Or perhaps some silken tofu? Even a vanilla protein powder might be a good substitution, along with some extra liquid.

  8. Jen
    February 25, 2012 at 7:59 am #

    This looks delicious! I must try this. Thanks Mar!


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