Minty Matcha Smoothie Bowl

This morning was the first day I haven’t had a smoothie bowl in weeks. And I’m regretting that decision already.Yesterday (and for many days before) I have been making smoothie bowls daily for breakfast. I try to keep my smoothies lower in sugar, especially for the morning, since it sets me up for blood sugar balance throughout the day. This means lots of vegetables, low-sugar fruits (if any) and healthy fats and protein for balance. They’re a great way to get those nutrients in early to replenish post-morning workout and fuel my body for the rest of the day.You might be wondering: What’s the difference between a smoothie and a smoothie bowl? PRETTY MUCH NOTHING. It’s just a really thick smoothies that require a spoon. They are also easier to add toppings to, so I prefer my smoothies that way.

For a few weeks, I had been making my typical beet and berry-based smoothie bowls (also delicious), but then my recent love for anything mint-chocolate flavored resurfaced, and I decided to try a smoothie with those flavors. I chopped and froze some veggies and got to work on a completely sugar-free super green smoothie bowl recipe: a minty matcha bowl with a hint of cocoa and coconut 🙂

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I’m just now getting in to drinking more matcha lately – it’s an amazing superfood with tons of health benefits. It’s essentially a super-concentrated green tea powder that boosts energy, burns fat, protects your skin, helps you recover after tough workouts, and detoxifies your body.

Peppermint and mint also have great digestive and anti-inflammatory properties. And avocado and veggies are always a great addition to all meals!

I also loved testing this recipe because I got to use my FREEBIES from Thrive Market! As a member of Thrive, I frequently get other discounts/incentives to re-order products, and this month I received a few free packets of Primal Kitchen Chocolate Coconut Collagen Fuel , as well as Paleonola grain free granola, and Califa Farms almond milk creamer. The Collagen Fuel was a great addition to this smoothie. It added protein and collagen and a great flavor that complemented the mint and matcha. (PS: you can still get 15% off your first order at Thrive if you click here!)

Disclaimer: if you like sweet smoothies you’ll have to add your own sweeteners with this one! I’d recommend soaked medjool dates, coconut sugar, or maple syrup for this recipe. This bowl is almost completely plant-based, and the fresh mint and matcha gives it a great earthy flavor. The chocolate and coconut give it just enough sweetness for a refreshing morning smoothie (or for any time of day!)

MINTY MATCHA SMOOTHIE RECIPE

Ingredients:

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1C Frozen Zucchini, chopped

1/2C Frozen Cauliflower, steamed then frozen

1/2 Avocado

1-2 tsp organic Peppermint Oil (depending on how strong of a flavor you prefer)

A few fresh mint leaves

1 Packet of Primal Kitchen Chocolate Coconut Collagen Fuel (Or other chocolate protein powder)

1/2 Cup Full Fat Coconut Milk

Optional: 2 TBSP Cocoa or Cacao Powder (for extra chocolate flavor), 1 tsp maca powder (a great ingredient to add to any smoothie!),A handful of unsweetened coconut chips or shredded coconut

Instructions:

1.  Blend and eat 🙂 Add any water needed to blend / reduce thickness as preferred.

2. Add any or all of the following as toppings or stir-ins: cacao powder, cacao nibs, coconut dark chocolate chips, fresh mint leaves, or some Paleonola (or other granola) and eat

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