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This Green Smoothie Recipe Uses Maca And Matcha Powder To Boost Your Body And Mind

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Photograph: Clare Winfield. Food styling: Rebecca Woods

Maca and matcha are two ingredients that have become common in shop-bought smoothies owing to the nutritional benefits they bring, but if you stick to home-made smoothies you might not yet have dabbled with them.

If that’s simply because you don’t have a good recipe to uses them, then we’ve got good news: this healthy smoothie recipe from cookbook The Cycling Chef by Alan Murchison includes both maca and matcha powder.

In case you’re unfamiliar with the ingredients, matcha is a powder made from green tea leaves – so it’s rich in antioxidants – and can be found in supermarkets these days. Murchison says it boosts metabolism, mood and your ability to concentrate. Maca powder is a little harder to find on the high street, though you can get it on Amazon easily. Maca is a Peruvian vegetable, the root of which is ground up to create the powder, which is a great vegan-friendly source of iron and is also high in several other vitamins and minerals including calcium, potassium and B3 (niacin).

Matcha tea is an acquired taste and a bit of a faff to make, so throwing it in a smoothie is a simpler way to try it – plus you get the added bonus of its strong colour turning your smoothie a delightful shade of green. That’s enhanced further by the spinach in this recipe, which also contains dates, a banana and flaxseeds to throw even more vitamins and minerals into the mix.

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Ingredients (serves one)

  • 250ml almond milk
  • 2tsp maca powder
  • 1tsp matcha powder
  • 1tsp flaxseeds
  • Pinch of cinnamon
  • 2 Medjool dates
  • 1 ripe banana, peeled
  • Handful of spinach
  • 1tbsp almond butter
  • Handful of ice


Simply place all the ingredients apart from the ice in a smoothie machine or blender and blitz until smooth. Serve with ice and enjoy ASAP.

Nutrition per serving

Calories 478
Carbohydrates 88g
-of which sugars 59g
Fat 13g
Protein 13g
Sodium 25mg

Nick Harris-Fry is a journalist who has been covering health and fitness since 2015. Nick is an avid runner, covering 70-110km a week, which gives him ample opportunity to test a wide range of running shoes and running gear. He is also the chief tester for fitness trackers and running watches, treadmills and exercise bikes, and workout headphones.