20 Yummy and Healthy Green Tea Smoothie Recipes - and Everything You Need to Know About Green Tea Smoothie

by Kei Nishida

20 Yummy and Healthy Green Tea Smoothie Recipes - and Everything You Need to Know About Green Tea Smoothie

Green tea is one of the healthiest forms of hot tea. Not only does it help with general health, but it also tastes delicious. Green tea also comes in a variety of forms such as tea bag, loose leaves, and matcha. Each form has a slightly different taste, giving options for those who enjoy the taste of green tea and the health benefits it provides. Green tea smoothies are also exceptionally delicious and are perfect for those who enjoy a little sweetness with their tea. The best part about making these delicious treats is, you can get creative with the process to make it your own creation.

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Basic of Green Tea Smoothie

There are mainly two ways to make green tea smoothie:


Matcha vs Loose Leaf
In this article, I will show you tips and trick of each approach and recipe of each. Read on or bookmark this page as this is the ultimate guide of making green tea smoothie. 



Approach 1 - Matcha Green Tea Smoothies: The Quickest Green Tea Smoothie There is! 

Matcha is a ground and powdered form of regular green tea leaves that are grown in the shade away from direct sunlight. It more resembles a protein powder or coffee grounds than green tea leaves, but the matcha retains all of the healthy vitamins and minerals from the tea leaves. Making smoothies using matcha is a simple process, and with just a few ingredients, you can have a delicious smoothie packed with nutrients.

Matcha SimplifiedMatcha is a ground and powdered Japanese Green Tea. Type of tea called Tencha is grown shaded prior to harvesting.

Making matcha green tea smoothies is simple. In fact, it is so simple that it only takes a few minutes of your time each day to make the delicious treat. You simply scoop the ingredients you desire and mix in the appropriate amount of matcha, you will have the perfect green tea smoothie for your taste and preference.

There are several pros to the use of matcha in your green tea smoothie. For one, it is much faster than steeping your tea leaves or grinding them into a powder. The process is already finished for you. This makes getting your smoothie that much faster! Another pro of using matcha is the simplicity of the powder. For novice green tea drinkers, matcha might be the perfect choice to make their smoothies. It is a simple scoop instead of learning to grind your own. A con of this process, however, is the price. Matcha can be pricey in certain places. For some, it is much more cost effective to steep their own green tea leaves or grind them at home. Another downfall of using matcha is the process it takes to grow the leaves that matcha is made from. Because they are grown in the shade throughout the entirety of the plant's life, it takes much longer to grow the green tea leaves which matcha is made from. This longer time span is what gives matcha is delicious and different flavor, but it is also the reason matcha can be quite pricey.

If you like this approach, click here to jump to 10 Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Section


Approach 2 - Loose Leaf Green Tea Makes an Amazing and Delicious Smoothie! 

There are two ways to use loose green tea leaves to make a smoothie. Both ways create a different taste and texture, but both ways are not difficult to learn. Either way is just as effective as the other, but depending on your preference, you can choose which is better or easier for you. The two ways to prepare your green tea for the smoothie are as follows:

Steep your green tea leaves just as you would if you were to drink it straight. Allow it to cool slightly, then pour it into the blender on top of your other ingredients.
Steeped green tea

Grind your green tea leaves until they are finely powdered—or powdered to your preference.  Coffee Grinder is a good and easy option to grind green tea.  Grinding regular loose leaf green tea does not make matcha since matcha is made of specific tea type called "Tencha" which is different from loose leaf green tea you usually get from store. It is commonly called "Konacha" in Japan.  Then place the ground tea leaves into the blender to be made into a smoothie. 

Grinding Green Tea with Coffee Grinder. This is not Matcha, it is called Konacha. Still Tasty. Not as bitter as Matcha and taste different.

If you want to make your own matcha, Sharp TE-T56U-GR Tea-Cere Matcha Tea Maker allows you to grind green tea the way you traditionally would using stone mill. This machine uses ceramic to mimic the traditional stone mill.  Note that you need to use specific type of green tea called "Tencha" in order to get resulting Matcha. 
Either process makes delicious smoothies. Once your tea is prepared, you can add the same ingredients as your matcha smoothie, or get creative and use your own experiment. A pro of this process is the costliness of using loose tea leaves. The loose tea isn't as costly as matcha, and it is easier to find in stores across the United States. A con of using loose tea leaves is the timeliness. It takes longer to steep the tea or grind the leaves than it does to simply scoop matcha.

If you like this approach, click here to jump to 10 Loose Leaf Green Tea Smoothie Section


There's too Many Options. Which One is Right for Me? 

That's a great question. How do you choose which method is right for you? If you are new to green tea, it might be easier to purchase matchato make your smoothies. The health benefits are the same, but the process is a bit simpler than using loose leaves. If you are concerned about cost, it might be a better choice to go with the loose leaves. What if you are unable to grind the loose leaves? Then you might consider steeping the leaves or purchasing matcha for your smoothies. If time is a concern, then you might choose to use matcha for your tea. If you already have loose leaves in your kitchen, then you might consider either steeping or grinding. Your taste preference can also help your decision.


Matcha Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

1. Quick Green Smoothie

Quick Green Smoothie
When green tea is combined with spinach, the health benefits are tremendous and varied. Spinach contains vitamins and iron. The addition of banana brings some much-needed potassium to this recipe and the grapes give the smoothie some delicious sweetness.

  • 2 cups of frozen green grapes
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 cup of baby spinach leaves
  • 2 Tablespoon of Matcha Green Tea Powder
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

2. Refreshing Peach Green Tea Smoothie

Refreshing Peach Green Tea Smoothie
Peaches provide the body with fiber, antioxidants and a whopping ten vitamins. The banana will give the body a healthy dose of potassium.
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 large peach, pitted, skinned and cut into large chunks
  • 2 Tablespoon of Matcha Green Tea Powder
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

3. Banana and Peanut Butter Green Tea Smoothie

Banana and Peanut Butter Green Tea Smoothie
Bananas offer high levels of potassium, an essential electrolyte. Peanut butter gives the body a boost of protein.
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 2 tbsp of peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoon of Matcha Green Tea Powder
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

4. Apple, Lemon and Ginger Green Tea Smoothie

Apple, Lemon and Ginger Green Tea Smoothie
Ginger acts as an anti-inflammatory to the digestive system while lemon's antibacterial properties clean out the body.
  • 1 frozen apple
  • 1 2-inch chunk of ginger, peeled and loosely chopped
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 2 Tablespoon of Matcha Green Tea Powder

5. Blueberry and Flaxseed Green Tea Smoothie

Blueberry and Flaxseed Green Tea Smoothie
Blueberries provide the body with high levels of Vitamin C. Flaxseed is full of fiber to aid your digestive system.
  • 1 tbsp of flaxseed
  • 1 cup of frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 2 Tablespoon of Matcha Green Tea Powder
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

7. Tropical Pineapple Green Tea Smoothie

Tropical Pineapple Green Tea Smoothie
Pineapple is full of essential electrolytes that will keep your body feeling great all day long.
  • 1 cup of pineapple chunks
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup of coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 2 Tablespoon of Matcha Green Tea Powder
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

8. Green Goddess Green Tea Smoothie

Green Goddess Green Tea Smoothie
Avocado gives the body essential fatty acids while the banana provides the body with a daily serving of potassium.
  • 1 avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into quarters
  • 2 tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 2 Tablespoon of Matcha Green Tea Powder
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

9. Super Green Smoothie

Super Green Smoothie
The high amount of greens in this recipe will give your body loads of iron and vitamin A.
  • 1 cup of baby spinach leaves
  • 1/2 cup of baby kale leaves
  • 6 large fresh mint leaves
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp of maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoon of Matcha Green Tea Powder
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

10. Orange and Mango Green Tea Smoothie

Orange and Mango Green Tea Smoothie
Oranges offer the body high levels of Vitamin C while the banana provides potassium.
  • 3/4 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 cup of frozen mango chunks
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 2 Tablespoon of Matcha Green Tea Powder
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.



Loose Leaf Green Tea Smoothie Recipe


11. Berry & Green Tea Smoothie

 Berry & Green Tea Smoothie
Berries are packed with antioxidants and offer delicious sweetness to this recipe.
  • 1 cup of frozen assorted berries
  • 1 tsp of lemon juice
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of brewed green tea that has been refrigerated for one hour
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

12. Apple Pie Green Tea Smoothie

Apple Pie Green Tea Smoothie
This dessert-like smoothie is full of protein and fiber.
  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 apple, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 1/2 cup of brewed green tea that has been refrigerated for one hour
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

13. Strawberry Banana Green Tea Smoothie

Strawberry Banana Green Tea Smoothie
Packed with antioxidants and potassium, this smoothie is a sweet treat.
  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 1/3 cup of brewed green tea that has been refrigerated for one hour
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

14. Carrot and Ginger Green Tea Smoothie

Carrot and Ginger Green Tea Smoothie
Carrots are full of nutrients like beta-carotene and fiber. Ginger aids the digestive system.
  • 1 peeled and chopped carrot
  • 1 pear, peeled, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 2-inch chunk of ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 1/3 cup of brewed green tea that has been refrigerated for one hour
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

15. Apple and Chia Seed Green Tea Smoothie

Apple and Chia Seed Green Tea Smoothie
Chia seeds are full of protein and fiber. Apples provide vitamin C as well as extra sweetness.
  • 2 tbsp of chia seeds
  • 1 apple, peeled, pitted and roughly chopped
  • 1 tsbp of lemon juice
  • 1 cup of ice
  • 1/2 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1/2 cup of brewed green tea that has been refrigerated for one hour
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

16. Papaya and Strawberry Green Tea Smoothie

Papaya and Strawberry Green Tea Smoothie
Strawberries give the body antioxidants while papaya provides enzymes that aid in digestion.
  • 1 cup of frozen papaya chunks
  • 1 cup of frozen strawberries
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1/2 cup of brewed green tea that has been refrigerated for one hour
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

17. Pear and Almond Green Tea Smoothie

Pear and Almond Green Tea Smoothie
Almonds provide lots of protein to the body and are full of vitamins. This smoothie will leave you feeling satisfied for hours.
  • 1/2 cup of almonds
  • 1 frozen pear, peeled and pitted
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1/2 cup of brewed green tea that has been refrigerated for one hour
Combine all of the ingredients in a high-powered blender like a vitamix and blend until smooth.

18. Island Green Tea Smoothie

Island Green Tea Smoothie

These tropical ingredients give the body fiber and vitamin C.
  • 1/2 cup of frozen mango chunks
  • 3/4 cup of pineapple chunks
  • 1 frozen banana
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1/3 cup of coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup of brewed green tea that has been refrigerated for one hour
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

19. Raspberry, Lime and Mint Green Tea Smoothie

Raspberry, Lime and Mint Green Tea Smoothie
This refreshing smoothie offers antioxidants and vitamin C.
  • 1 cup of frozen raspberries
  • 3 tbsp of lime juice
  • 3 tbsp of chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1/2 cup of orange juice
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 1/3 cup of brewed green tea that has been refrigerated for one hour
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.

20. Chocolate Banana Green Tea Smoothie

Chocolate Banana Green Tea Smoothie
Decadent chocolate gives the body a boost of magnesium.
  • 1/4 cup of cocoa powder
  • 1 1/2 frozen bananas
  • 2 tbsp of almond butter
  • 1 tbsp of honey
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of ice
  • 1/3 cup of brewed green tea that has been refrigerated for one hour
Combine all of the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.


Tip for Making Tastier Green Tea Smoothie

Use Covered Green Tea

For loose leaf green tea smoothie I liked to use covered Japanese green tea which has the best health benefit and bright emerald green color. Covered green tea has a brighter color which makes the smoothie look better. Click here to get covered Japanese Green Tea.

Use Mixer Good for Ice Crushing

If you are using blender which can crush ice such as Vitamix, add a cup of crushed ice in addition to the ingredients for better taste.  Please note that regular mixer usually does not crush ice, so you have to get a mixer which can crush ice.  I use Vitamix; this is the company that makes mixers for Frappuccino® at Starbucks and Jumba Juice. Vitamix is a bit pricier than other mixer, but very durable and lasts long.   Click here to get Vitamix from Amazon.

Use Culinary Grade Matcha

There are different types of matcha available in the market. The two main types you find are Culinary Grade Matcha (AKA Cooking Mathca) and Ceremonial Grade Matcha. Culinary Grade is most often used for cooking such that the matcha is mixed with other recipes to make smoothie, cookies, cakes etc.  This is the type used by most retailers such as Starbucks when they say matcha in their product name. Ceremonial Grade Matcha is usually more expensive and uses younger tea leaf and stems and veins are removed in the process of making them. Ceremonial Grade is used in tea ceremony and many tea masters suggest only to mix with hot water for "ceremonial" purposes. I personally think that both tastes good, but Culinary Grade Matcha usually have stronger flavor which comes out better in smoothie and is more economical.

    Looking for More Ways to Enjoy Green Tea Smoothie? Here are Link to Other Great Green Tea Smoothie Recipes

    There are many great great Green Tea Smoothie Recipe out there, and here are list of my favorites. 

    Conclusion

    Green tea is packed with healthy vitamins and minerals. The nutrients in the tea have a wide variety of health benefits including promoting healthy weight loss. The green tea smoothies are just another wonderful way to enjoy green tea without simply drinking it. You can add a touch of sweetness to your tea or add fruit for more of a breakfast smoothie. You can even enjoy them for desert. Either way, green tea smoothies are simple to make, but they can brighten even the dreariest of days. Get creative; experiment with your smoothie; and make your green tea smoothies personal for you.

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    Kei Nishida
    Kei Nishida

    Author

    Kei Nishida, PMP is a writer, a Japanese Green Tea enthusiast, and the founder and CEO of JapaneseGreenTeaIn.com. With two books behind him and more on the way, this entertaining author brings his passion for Green Tea wherever he goes.

    His two books "I Will Teach YOU How to be healthy by Using Japanese Green Tea!: Surprising Facts and Tips for How You can Take Best Advantage of This Amazing Plant" and "Green Tea Mania : 250+ Green Tea Facts, Cooking and Brewing Tips & Trivia You (Probably) Didn't Know" are available in print and Kindle Book on Amazon.
    These books and his blog Japanese Green Tea and Health provides health related tips and research findings focusing on green tea and its health benefit in variety of ways.

    Kei’s love of Green Tea and passion for writing has helped make him a feature author on sites and Magazines such as Yoga Digest Magazine, T-Ching, Sexy Fit Vegan, and Woman’s Daily Magazine.

    His enthusiasm for health and tea pushed him to developing his company, JapaneseGreenTeaIn.com, where he brings the very best in Japanese Green Tea to customers all over the world.

    Kei grew up in Japan and moved to USA at the age of 14, now living in Portland, Oregon. In his earlier carrier, he was Software Engineer at Hewlett Packard Inc. Kei takes advantage of being bi-lingual in Japanese and English, as well as his science background for his research and writing. Information you find in his books and blogs are a combination of the best content and research from Japan and all around the world.

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    Steeping Guide

    Steeping Guide - Hot

    1. Dissolve 2 teaspoon of powder into 8 Oz of hot water. We recommend about 175°F for most common green tea.

      Please note that our product page has different recommended temperature based on type of tea between 175°F- 185°F; however, 175°F can be the most common and standard temperature that would work for any type of our green tea.

      Steeping guide

    2. Wait for 60-120 seconds  (Please follow steeping guide on the product for specific time based on type of tea.)

    3. Use mesh strainer to filter out the green tea leave and serve hot

    Steeping Guide - Cold

    1. Dissolve 3-4 teaspoon of powder into 30 Oz of cold water.  For best result, use filtered water, bottled water. Alternatively, you can boil water and let it cool down until room temperature. 

    2. Keep in refrigerator for 3 hours or more. Key point is to use longer time to dissolve. This way, sweetness increases, and it does not break down theanine and vitamin C.  For best result, let it sit for overnight. 

    3. Stair the water first, then use mesh strainer to filter out the green tea leave and serve cold.