Making the leap from blender to bowl, smoothies are no longer strictly liquid nourishment. Morning, noon, or night, it’s time to put away the straws and break out the spoons. Acai bowls paved the way for this natural evolution, but smoothie bowls are entirely unique creations, free from the constraints of the typical toppings or construction. Browse through Instagram for a few seconds, and you’ll see a full spectrum of colors, layers, textures, and sometimes even actual glitter fill your screen. These run the gamut from austere to more indulgent than chocolate custard, so as with most other edible art forms, the real struggle is finding a happy balance between the two.
Get Your Greens With Smoothie Bowls
For me, that means going green, but not in the predictable way. Kale, spinach, and collards alike are mainstays in my meals, but not in my blender. The green smoothie movement is one that i could never fully embrace, simply because I couldn’t rationalize adding ingredients that didn’t contribute positive flavors to the mix, but rather, unfavorable tastes that would need to be covered up or otherwise compensated for. Green is great, but when it comes to smoothies, matcha is always my favorite source.
Enthusiasts will agree that there’s no wrong way to enjoy this verdant powdered tea leaf, but many are missing out on matcha’s full flavor potential.
Different Grades of Matcha
Did you know that there are numerous different grades of the emerald superfood, which vary greatly in flavor and potency? Separated into three distinct categories, it may be difficult to suss out when it’s best to employ ceremonial matcha, culinary matcha, or any of the shades of green in between.
- Contrary to my first naive assumption, it turns out that culinary matcha is not actually of lower quality, and in fact contributes a stronger tea flavor to baked goods, as it’s better suited to withstand the heat of the oven.
- Ceremonial grades possess greater nuances, best to sip, savor, and carefully contemplate. Each one tells it’s own story, so carefully calibrated through every step of processing, that no two batches will taste precisely the same.
No matter how your brew or blend it up, green is always good when it means matcha!
18 thoughts on “Smooth-Talker (With a Matcha Giveaway!)”
The only way I’ve had mnatcha is in a soy latte.
The color of your smoothie bowl is incredible! I’ve never tried Matcha, I’ve only ever had the steeped loose leaf green tea. It’s on my list of things to try.
What Gorgeous colors! X
Matcha is my favorite!
i love matcha!
Love to try tea ceremony but I do like green tea.
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I like matcha, too, although I rarely drink it because it’s so much more expensive than many other excellent green teas.
would love to try that
I would make it as a Hot tea or add it to my protein smoothies
Love all your products. Your recipes on Pinterest look amazing! Must try!
This looks wonderful! I love adding matcha to smoothies, but need to try more things with it. Thanks!
Staring at all the different kinds of matcha tea at the store, I had no idea what was the difference between them. So helpful to understand the different grades to get my smoothie bowl on. :-)
My boyfriend and I like a lot of matcha-flavored treats, so the smoothie sounds great :D (We’re big fans of the match Kit-Kat, but I also adore my genmaicha that has a bit of matcha added to it.)
I have not tried the different types but I’d like to try this brand. We made matcha ice cream for my son’s Bar Mitzvah and it was absolutely outstanding!
Hello from a new follower! Love your blog posts and pics, although admittedly I am a bit more hungry than I was before stopping by!
Absolutely love matcha in everything!