I’ve come to the sad realization that I hate lunch. Nothing about it excites me. I never know what to have and healthy salads just don’t fill me up. On the other hand, I love breakfast because I can have pancakes, waffles, eggs benedict, etc and I love dinner because there are so many amazing options and I get to look forward to dessert afterwards! For as long as I can remember, I’ve struggled with finding things to eat for lunch. I want something that’s super tasty, something that will fill me up (but not too much) and something that I can have other things with…like almonds or avocado toast or (if I’m being unhealthy) chips. Can you tell I’m high maintenance when it comes to lunch??
Recently, I started making smoothies for lunch. I tested out a bunch of combinations and finally landed on one that’s amazing. A strawberry banana matcha smoothie. Now, it might sound gross at first…but give it a try. The fruit sweetens it and masks the taste of the matcha powder perfectly, and the matcha powder gives you tons of antioxidants and vitamins. I also add – some spinach (which you can’t taste), some unsweetened almond milk, some agave (which adds sweetness and is a healthy sweetener), and finally, some peanut butter (for that extra protein kick). This smoothie is super healthy, protein packed and vitamin packed.
A little backstory on matcha green tea powder:
Everyone knows the health benefits of green tea but what about matcha green tea powder? A single serving of matcha green tea powder is the equivalent of 10 cups of regularly brewed green tea…and a serving of the powder being only 1/2 a teaspoon. How awesome is that?! The powder has about 130 times more antioxidants than regularly brewed green tea. Not only that, but it helps boost your metabolism, energy and is rich in fiber and potassium.
Now, I’m not a doctor and what I just wrote above I got from the back of my matcha powder packet (lol)…but I have heard a lot of people talk about this powder and rave about the health benefits so that’s why I decided to include it in my smoothies. There are tons of different brands out there but I buy Jade Leaf off of amazon.
Anyway, back to the actual smoothie. This smoothie fills me up but also lets me snack on other things as well…I don’t like having just one thing for any meal…I know, I’m weird! Before we get into the actual recipe, if you do make this smoothie, remember to peel, cut and freeze your bananas ahead of time. Using frozen bananas (and strawberries) will help thicken up the smoothie and keep it nice and cold…without having to add ice cubes that water it down!
Here’s a little sneak peek of what it will look like…(I know, the color isn’t very pretty…but don’t worry it still tastes delish!)
I got a little hungry while snapping photos so that’s why it looks like the smoothie’s half gone….
Some notes about this recipe:
- I use unsweetened almond milk, but feel free to use any kind of milk you want!
- I use natural peanut butter but again, feel free to use almond butter or regular Skippy if you want!
- Honey can be used in place of agave because sometimes agave can be expensive and/or hard to find.