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Turmeric Green Tea Smoothie
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Turmeric Green Tea Smoothie (Vegan)

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Refreshing Turmeric Green Tea Smoothie, made with matcha green tea powder and packed with healthy ingredients. It’s super easy to make in your blender!

A Turmeric Green Tea Smoothie in a mason jar with a green straw.

The first time I had a green tea smoothie I was living in Hawaii. I had ordered the Matcha Green Tea Smoothie from Jamba Juice…and yum! I was officially hooked.

And somehow years later back in Michigan, this smoothie was born.

If only I could drink it on a beach in Hawaii. Then this whole story could come full circle. =)

But no matter where you are, this Turmeric Green Tea Smoothie is light and refreshing, with an energizing boost of caffeine and a sweet, creamy flavor.

An overhead shot of a Green Tea Smoothie in a mason jar.

Health Benefits of this smoothie:

And not only is this smoothie super delicious, but it’s also LOADED with nutritional benefits for your body.

First let’s talk about turmeric

Turmeric has been used in India for thousands of years as a spice and medicinal herb. One tablespoon contains:

  • 26 percent of our daily manganese needs
  • 16 percent of our daily iron
  • 5 percent of our daily potassium
  • 3 percent of our daily Vitamin C

It’s also anti-inflammatory, used for pain relief, has antioxidant effects (which is good for our liver), improves brain function, plays a role in digestion, and so much more.

And lastly, it’s worth noting that turmeric and cracked black pepper work well together, as the black pepper helps the turmeric absorb in our bodies.

But the good news is, you don’t need to add black pepper to this smoothie (unless you want to), as the avocado also acts as a healthy fat that helps the turmeric absorb.

Second, let’s explore a bit about match green tea

Matcha green tea powder is loaded with antioxidants, and it also protects the liver, helps with brain function, and more.

So together, the turmeric and green tea make this smoothie an antioxidant powerhouse! It’s something you can feel good about starting your day with and of course it tastes amazing too.

With so many benefits, I’m actually wondering why I don’t drink this smoothie everyday. =)

A mason jar filled with a Turmeric Green Tea Smoothie.

Tips for making this smoothie:

  • First, there is a big difference between regular green tea and matcha green tea. Matcha is a much brighter green which comes from chlorophyll, whereas, regular green tea is more brown and dull. I recommend only buying matcha green tea for this recipe (and not regular tea), otherwise the flavor will be very bitter.
  • You can find matcha green tea powder at specialty stores (like Whole Foods) near the spice section, or on Amazon.

How to make this Green Tea Smoothie:

To make this smoothie, all you need is a good clean blender. Add in all the ingredients, and blend it on high speed until smooth

Then throw in a compostable straw, and you have yourself an amazingly refreshing breakfast smoothie or a healthy snack.

Helpful Tools:

  • High-Powered Blender- my favorite is the Vitamix. This machine is a godsend. I never knew how much I was missing it until I got one.

Looking for more smoothie recipes? Try one of these!

If you try this recipe, please let me know! Leave a comment, rate it, and tag your photo with #veggie__chick on Instagram. I just love to see my recipes being made in YOUR kitchen!

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Turmeric Green Tea Smoothie (Vegan, Gluten Free)

Refreshing Turmeric Green Tea Smoothie, made with matcha green tea powder and packed with healthy ingredients. It’s also super easy to make in your blender!

  • Author: Christin McKamey
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Total Time: 5
  • Yield: 1 1x
  • Category: Smoothies
  • Method: Blender
  • Cuisine: Breakfast
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Ingredients

  • 1/2 teaspoon matcha green tea powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 large banana
  • 1/4 avocado, pitted
  • 1 cup fresh spinach leaves
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk or other plant-based milk such as soy, cashew, oat or hemp
  • 2 dates, pitted (or 12 teaspoons maple syrup)
  • 710 ice cubes (depending on thickness preferred)

Instructions

  1. Add all the above ingredients to a blender. Blend until smooth at high speed until smooth.

Notes

  • First, there is a big difference between regular green tea and matcha green tea. Matcha is a much brighter green which comes from chlorophyll, whereas, regular green tea is more brown and dull. I recommend only buying matcha green tea for this recipe (and not regular tea), otherwise the flavor will be very bitter.
  • You can find matcha green tea powder at specialty stores (like Whole Foods) near the spice section, or on Amazon.
  • And lastly, it’s worth noting that turmeric and cracked black pepper work well together, as the black pepper helps the turmeric absorb in our bodies. But the good news is, you don’t need to add black pepper to this smoothie (unless you want to), as the avocado also acts as a healthy fat that helps the turmeric absorb.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 20-24 ounces
  • Calories: 395
  • Sugar: 32.6
  • Sodium: 192
  • Fat: 10.9
  • Carbohydrates: 61
  • Protein: 7.7

Keywords: green tea smoothie, turmeric, breakfast, green tea shake

Update Notes: This post was originally published in March 2016. It was then republished in December of 2019 with tips, nutritional information, and FAQs.

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8 Comments

  • Hi, I recommend you add black pepper to this recipe. Otherwise you won’t absorb much of the turmeric. Looking forward to trying it!

    Reply
    • Thanks Ashley, I hope you enjoy it! =)

      Reply
  • Hi, Christin,
    This green tea smoothie is sounds interesting to me. Honestly I’ve never put green tea within my smoothie. But your idea is perfect. I will try it asap. BTW, thanks for putting it together.
    Donna

    Reply
    • Thank you Donna!! I hope you love it! =)

      Reply
  • Hello Cristin, I found your recipe when looking for new Green Tea smoothie recipes and really like the use of Turmeric(which is one my my favorite herbs). I referenced your recipe in a post if that is OK.

    -Anna

    Reply
    • Yes absolutely, thanks for asking! =)

      Reply
  • Made this smoothie this morning, it’s very refreshing and tastes so GOOD!!!
    Thanks,
    Cathy B.

    Reply
    • Thank you Carol, I’m so glad you liked it! =)

      Reply

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