I really like to have shakes in the morning and at night. It has been a great way for me to maintain my weight loss and not be hungry. My husband also has a shake, but usually only in the am or the evening and his is very consistently the same. I usually do Herbalife and I like if, but it has become a little monotonous for me so I am experimenting on new recipes that have a lot more natural ingredients. One of the best things about shakes is that you can take them to go and you can mix in a lot of flavors.
This is the first time that I make this particular shake, but I have been adding the Matcha powder for a few days now with the Herbalife shake to experiment. Also, most of my shakes have protein powder, but I did not add to this one as I wanted to get the true taste of the ingredients. I am happy I left it out because the shake was delicious and refreshing after my work out.
For those of you who do not know what Matcha is, don’t feel bad, I only learned of this last week. My son and his girlfriend work at Starbucks so they let me in on the 411. It is basically green tea powder. The recipe below does not require it, if you want to skip it, and the flavor will change, but it will still be delicious. If you want to add some vanilla flavored protein powder, that will make it thicker and will control your hunger a while longer.
*Banana – 1 frozen, sliced in a few pieces
*Pineapple – 1 1/2 cups, cut in chunks
*Matcha powder – 1 tablespoon
*Ginger – fresh, about 1 teaspoon minced and peeled
*Cashew milk – 1 cup (you can use whatever milk you like, coconut milk should be yummy also)
- In a blender (I have the Ninja and I love it because it also comes with individual cups) add all the ingredients and blend well. If you want to add some ice cubes you can. It will make about 24 ounces.
Tip: You do not have to freeze the banana but it does help with the consistency. You can also use the frozen bananas for other things like banana ice cream (on a future blog). I will usually freeze fruits so they last longer and for the texture and depending on what I will be adding them to. It is the same thing as buying them frozen ; )