A delicious and simple green matcha smoothie made with spinach, mango, matcha, and ginger. This energizing mix will have you missing warmer weathers, especially this time of the year! You can add dates for additional sweetness or stick to the basics. And it takes all of 2 minutes to make, especially if you have your mango ready to go!
I know we’re in the middle of winter but I’ve been craving mango a lot lately. Maybe it’s this dreary Seattle weather (it’s been a long winter) or maybe it’s my desire to go somewhere warmer — probably a combination of both! Either way, mangos have always had a special place in my heart for as long as I can remember.
The Roots of My Mango Obsession
When I was growing up, I used to travel to India every few years with my family. As soon as grade school would break for the summer, we’d pack up our (many) suitcases and head to India to visit all of my relatives for a few months. One of my favorite places to visit was this little tiny village where my mom grew up and where my sweet grandparents used to live when they were alive.
There, we’d walk (it was a solid one hour walk) on these dirt roads out to my grandfather’s mango farm in the hot beating sun. There, I’d find more mangoes than my happy belly or heart could ever eat or desire. I’d wander through the farm for hours, under the cool shade of the mango trees, in pure bliss and joy. These mangoes were so different, so much sweeter, and oh so juicy — and I could eat a few in one sitting. And there were many different kinds of mangoes – I loved them all. Naturally, I also loved drinking mango lassi (I’ll add a recipe for that soon) and would add mango pickle to just about everything (still do).
My love for mangoes hasn’t gone anywhere over the past few decades. I don’t even care what time of the year it is – give me a mango and I’ll eat it. So this smoothie here contains a piece of my childhood and those precious memories I’ll always cherish
A Tropical Combination: Ginger + Matcha + Mango
This smoothie all started with a delicious combination of spinach, mango, hemp seeds, and almond milk. I wanted to keep it simple and delicious. But then I started adding a little matcha in there and to give it an energy boost. And then I started adding fresh ginger to it and that just took it to the next level. Note that you don’t need the ginger if that’s not your jam, but if it is, you’re going to LOVE it, especially when combined with the mango! Based on how sweet your mangos are (and if they are fresh or frozen), feel free to sweeten this smoothie up a bit more with a date or two!
So on that note, I present to you one of my current favorite smoothies.
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Tropical Ginger Matcha Smoothie
- 2 big handfuls of fresh spinach
- 1 cup mango (frozen for fresh)
- 1 tsp matcha green tea powder
- 2 tbsp hemp seeds
- 1/2 inch fresh ginger, minced (adjust amount based on preference)
- 1 cup almond milk
- 1 cup water (add more to change the consistency)
- 2 pitted dates (optional, for added sweetness)
- Combine all of the ingredients in a high-speed blender (or regular blender). Blend until smooth and creamy.