Matcha Smoothie - TastyPlanner.com
This is the natural way to kick-start your day. This smoothie is both yummy and full of heart healthy, cholesterol lowering, cancer fighting goodness.
You can purchase Matcha from a variety of online tea merchants. Here are some of the vendors I personally recommend:
Harney & Sons (www.harney.com/matcha.html)
Their Matcha ranges from $12-28 an oz (very reasonable).
TeaGschwender (www.teamerchants.com) also has a nice Matcha (as well as the exquisite and rare Match Hikari with is roughly $40.00/oz!)
If you would just like to try some Matcha for smoothies, lattes, and baking, try MatchaSource (www.matchasource.com). You can purchase 3.5 oz for $16.00. MatchaSource also sells the whisks and basins for traditional tea ceremonies.
However, if you are an avid green tea lover, opt for the higher grades and enjoy the smooth silky ride.
Recipe Source: Japan-Green-Tea.com
1 c. plain yoghurt
1 handful of ice cubes
1/2 tsp matcha (powdered green tea)
Put plain yoghurt, ice, and matcha into a blender. Optionally, add a little honey/sugar to make it a little sweeter. Blend and enjoy.
You can add any fruit to the smoothie, banana is a nice complement to the matcha, as are berries.