Sunday, July 24, 2011

Vegan green tea smoothie

Breakfast: A raw vegan date square and vegan green tea smoothie

Lunch: Jamaican spinach and zucchini puree with ginger (soup) plus salad, cornbread and juice from Fresh

Dinner: Minted potatoes with vegetable melee: sautéed onions and peppers with asparagus, grated carrot and chickpeas in lime

When you've had a night on the tiles there is literally no better place in the world than Fresh. They seem to know what I want before I get there and scribble in on the menu for me.

Having bought some matcha a few weeks ago I've gone mad with it; matcha mille-feuille, matcha marbe cake, matcha cupcakes, the whole lot. However, yesterday I was struck by two ideas: to make something resembling a matcha latte but cold, and to make something actually healthy with it. From these two thoughts came this.

You'll need:
(feeds 2)
2 cups coconut milk
2 frozen bananas
1 tsp matcha (green tea powder)
1 tsp agave nectar (optional)

Blend everything together with a couple of ice cubes if you wish

Coconut milk is naturally very sweet, so I don't find it necessary to use the agave nectar - but feel free to if you're a serious sweet tooth.

If you want to be super healthy, feel free to use coconut water instead of milk; this is the stuff that comes out of a coconut when you crack it open, and is thinner than the milk (which is made from the flesh of the coconut). Interestingly enough, it has also been used as an intravenous hydratant when saline solution has been unavailable in some parts of the world. I don't recommend trying this yourself though.

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