A matcha keto green smoothie might not be the first thing you’d think of but several studies show that matcha green tea is great for weight loss. This fine green powder contains a good amount of the antioxidant EGCG, which boosts metabolism and aids in fat loss.
There are many ways in which you can incorporate matcha tea into your daily diet, but one of the best is to make it into a keto green smoothie. Here’s a recipe by Kristen Hartter for making a delicious matcha keto green smoothie.
She uses xanthan gum to thicken it but you could leave it out if you don’t have it and use less liquid. If you like your smoothie thick like I do you could thicken it with some chia seeds or use some Greek yogurt in place of some of the liquid.
Low carb sweetener
Swerve is a so called “natural” low carb sweetener that consists of erythritol, a sugar alcohol, made from fermented glucose usually from non GMO corn, oligosaccharides which are are a type of prebiotic fiber and “natural” flavor.
The majority of people find that of all the sugar alternatives for low carb or keto diets that Swerve is the best tasting even though its naturalness is in question.
The only problem with it is that if you have a sensitive digestive system the erythritol could upset you if you have a lot of it and if you are sensitive to the FODMAPs then the oligosaccharides could be a problem too.
FODMAP stands for Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides and Polyols. These are names for a collection of molecules found in food, that can be poorly absorbed by some people and cause digestive upset. Alternatives are stevia or monk fruit extract.
You could add some low carb fruit to the smoothie if you want to add some sweetness instead of using a low carb sweetener.
Matcha Keto Green Smoothie Recipe
• A handful organic spinach
• 1 tsp. natural vanilla extract
• 1 tsp. matcha powder
• 1/2 – 1 avocado flesh (depending on size of avocado)
• 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon xanthan gum
• 1/2 cup coconut milk
• 1/2 cup filtered water
• 1-2 tablespoons of Swerve
• Ice cubes (optional)
1. Place all the ingredients in a blender.
2. Add ice cubes if using
3. Blend until very smooth.
4. Pour into your serving glass and sip slowly.
Here’s a video demo of the recipe:
Green Smoothie image by Foodista