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Matcha Ginger Smoothie & Cookbook Giveaway!

Posted in Book Review, Desserts, Drinks by janet @ the taste space on December 3, 2013

Matcha Ginger Smoothie

It took me awhile, but I finally succumbed.

Caffeine: sometimes, I need a little extra oomph in the morning.

I made it through university, medical school and a 5-year residency before I contemplated caffeine. A few months into my fellowship, with its longer hours, I started with a bit of green tea.

I am not drinking coffee or black tea (I actually don’t like the taste), but Rob and I both knew something was up after we scoped out green tea for me to drink while in Mexico. Three days with a morning green tea latte.

Just the trickle of caffeine was able to fuel me throughout the day, though. Rob and I powered through multiple markets (food and general markets), biked around midtown, visited cathedrals, admired public murals, walked around Frida Kahlo’s home, cheered for Mexican wrestlers (ok, maybe we just watched) and our most anticipated event: walking up ancient pyramid ruins outside Mexico City.

We left Houston, and its cold weather, and thankfully, by the time we returned, it was back to its glorious warm self. I am back to cycling in shorts. I know, this may not be the most seasonal recipe for those in a winter climate, but I have been enjoying a multitude of smoothies since I received Kathy’s cookbook, 365 Vegan Smoothies.

Matcha Ginger Smoothie

Each weekend, after our standard cycle adventure, I would return home for a frosty drink. I’d leaf through and pick a new smoothie each week. I quickly learned that I had to plan my smoothie in advance. Sometimes, I had a hard time deciding which smoothie to make! So many options, so little time. However, once I made this Matcha Ginger Smoothie (the ever-creative Kathy named it Matcha Ginger An-Tea-Oxidant Shake), (Rob and) I knew it was the winner. The one I would photograph and share with you.

Creamy and sweet frozen bananas complement the bitter green tea matcha, but the best part was the ginger twist. Kathy suggested using a dash of ginger powder, but sharp flavour from fresh ginger is unbeatable in this smoothie. A high speed blender would have no problems whipping this into a delicious drink.

Matcha Ginger Smoothie

I was not sure whether a smoothie cookbook would be worthwhile, but I have had fun trying out different drinks. With 365 different recipes, you are bound to be inspired by a few new combinations: walnut-carrot cake, jazzy ginger grape, lemon-beet clarifying cooler, maple spice buckwheat shake, mango-cado kale kiss, a-peel-ing chai shake. Her crazy concoctions span smoothies with vegetables, fruit and nuts or non-dairy milk. Occasionally yogurt or fruit juice slips in, too. Thin and frosty, or thick and decadent. All vegan. I also appreciate that nutritional facts are included (all recipes serve 2 but the nutritional contents are for the entire recipe).

Beyond the recipes, Kathy is also a fabulous photographer. I find it hard to photograph drinks, but her cookbook is peppered with gorgeous photography. Bright, colourful and tantalizing, signatures of her blog, Happy Healthy Life. It is refreshing to see wholesome ingredients highlighted at their finest. Kathy also takes the time at the beginning to ground you in smoothie creation, with troubleshooting and myths debunked. She also highlights being creative and flexible in the kitchen. I don’t like ice in my smoothies (Kathy is a big fan) but just adjust as you see fit.

I really want to share this cookbook with you and thankfully the publisher is letting me give a cookbook to one reader living in the United States. To be entered, please leave a comment here, telling me about your favourite recipe by Kathy. If you haven’t made anything by Kathy yet, have a look through the table of contents of 365 Vegan Smoothies on google books (or my list above or below) or pick something from her blog and tell me what you want to cook the most. I will randomly select a winner on December 11, 2013. Good luck!

PS. Kathy’s recipes from 365 Vegan Smoothies shared elsewhere:

Sassy Green Kick Start Smoothie
Pink Kiss Smoothie
Watermelon Frosty

PPS. There is still time to enter my giveaway for The Simply Raw Kitchen.

This is my submission to this week’s Health Vegan Fridays and this week’s Raw Food ThursdaysVirtual Vegan Potluck and this week’s Smoothie Sunday.

Note: I was given a copy of the cookbook from the publisher.  I was under no obligation to share a review. The opinions expressed are entirely my own.

Matcha Ginger Smoothie
Adapted from 365 Vegan Smoothies

2 chopped frozen bananas
1 cup sweetened almond milk (or your choice of milk)
1 tsp matcha powder
1/2 cm slice of fresh ginger
1/2 cup ice

1. Blend all ingredients. Add sweetener to taste, if desired.

Serves 2.

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  1. sprint2thetable said, on December 3, 2013 at 7:50 AM

    I’d totally buy a smoothie cookbook! My favorites are my carrot cake and the chocolate beet. I have one or the other nearly every day… except for right now when it’s cold. I’m jealous of Houston!

  2. Allison said, on December 3, 2013 at 8:54 AM

    That smoothie book looks great! I think Matcha Ginger and Walnut-Carrot Cake sound amazing!

  3. Mackenzie Rifkin said, on December 3, 2013 at 9:58 AM

    I’ve tried the watermelon frosty, and it’s my favorite! I really want to try this smoothie next. I love ginger and matcha!

  4. Linda said, on December 3, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Ooh, that watermelon frosty sounds wonderful! My kids enjoy smoothies for dinner all the time in hot weather, and sporadically during colder months. A book like this is a great idea. Thanks for doing the giveaway.

  5. mijnzeep1 said, on December 3, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    OMG, this smoothie looks so good!

  6. Beth said, on December 3, 2013 at 2:42 PM

    Everything I make by Kathy I love! I just finished eating the Green Tower Salad, a recipe from her blog and it is so yummy! I especially her smoothies! This sounds delish and I will definitely be whipping it up tomorrow. :)

  7. charj said, on December 3, 2013 at 3:48 PM

    I used to have trouble cooking quinoa until I started making Kathy’s fluffy quinoa. Now I only use her method.

  8. Elise Kerr said, on December 3, 2013 at 5:34 PM

    Love her banana coffee smoothie!

  9. Shannon said, on December 3, 2013 at 7:33 PM

    Ooh, this looks delicious! Kathy is so talented and creative, I love her food. My favorite are these pumpkin chickpea fritters! http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com/2011/10/toasty-pumpkin-chickpea-fritters.html

  10. thepeacepatch said, on December 3, 2013 at 8:32 PM

    Kathy is scathingly brilliant…even her smoothies! I have a long list of her recipes I want to try but right now I’ve got my eye on her Pumpkin-Pistachio Kale Fried Rice Bowl with Maple Tofu Cubes. It’s just genius on every level. :)

  11. Joanne said, on December 3, 2013 at 10:16 PM

    I haven’t done much with matcha though I love it’s flavor. This sounds so refreshing!

  12. dianaveggienextdoor said, on December 3, 2013 at 11:25 PM

    Lately I’ve been craving a warm mug of Kathy’s “Hot Pumpkin”. I would also LOVE to win a copy of her smoothie book. Its on my Christmas wish list.

  13. Kari @ bite-sized thoughts said, on December 4, 2013 at 4:31 AM

    I’m quite glad I’ve never felt the need to give up caffeine. I appreciate it has its flaws, but I like to focus on how good I feel with it and the research that suggests it has benefits…skewed as my attention to the literature might be ;) I certainly know I’d love this smoothie!

  14. Amy P said, on December 4, 2013 at 11:24 AM

    I made a vegan Coconut Cream Pie for Thanksgiving, so I’m in the mood for Kathy’s Maple Bliss Vegan Pumpkin Pie! Would love her smoothie book :->

  15. Deena Kakaya said, on December 4, 2013 at 11:38 AM

    Oh my goodness, your pic caught my attention! It looks outrageously good! X

  16. abi adeleke said, on December 4, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Definitely going to try this recipe! Thanks for sharing!

  17. becca williams said, on December 5, 2013 at 5:07 AM

    Kathy’s sweet potato burgers with avocado are no doubt my fave http://kblog.lunchboxbunch.com//2012/02/easy-sweet-potato-veggie-burgers-with.html

    so simple and so versatile and great any day, any hour, any meal!
    I’m thinking about throwing together a batch of these as my post-midnight snack as we speak! ;)
    and I would LOVE a kathy-inspired smoothie to wash it down! :D

  18. My Kitchen Stories said, on December 6, 2013 at 6:37 AM

    Wow I’d have to buy it just to have a look 365!

  19. Sarah said, on December 6, 2013 at 7:38 AM

    i could live off of the watermelon frosty!

  20. Hailey said, on December 6, 2013 at 8:41 AM

    Kathy’s blog is one of my favorites. I’ve made almost all of her muffin recipes– so yummy! I’ve really been wanting to finally try matcha, and I think a smoothie is the perfect way :) Thanks for the giveaway!

  21. sweetsimplevegan said, on December 6, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    The Mint Kiwi Green Genius sounds so refreshing and light! Definitely one I must try

  22. amourlis said, on December 6, 2013 at 3:24 PM

    I made the Maple Tempeh-Bacon Chili Beans for Stuffed Sweet Potatoes. Sooo good! I have been obsessed with beans lately and the flavors were amazing. I would love to get the smoothie book so I can try out some healthy drinks. Thanks!

  23. Shannon @ Y-I-V said, on December 6, 2013 at 4:50 PM

    Her sweet potato veggie burgers

  24. bjoycannon said, on December 7, 2013 at 12:11 AM

    I’m pretty certain this is about to be my new favorite smoothie. I love ginger and I love matcha – match made in heaven!!

  25. Anushka W. said, on December 7, 2013 at 1:07 AM

    I absolutely love Kathy’s pumpkin oatmeal cookies. (:

  26. strengthandsunshine said, on December 7, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    The a-peeling chai shake sound lovely!

  27. […] PPPS. There is still time to enter my giveaway for 365 Vegan Smoothies here. […]

  28. Phoebe said, on December 10, 2013 at 9:37 AM

    I would love to try Kathys Watermelon smoothie, I might add a dash of salt and lime after seeing your recipe for watermelon jerky! I think (?) the flavours could work for a smoothie :)

  29. Janet said, on December 10, 2013 at 4:06 PM

    My daughter and I made her pumpkin smoothie and it was delicious. I don’t have the exact name but it tasted like pumpkin pie. The pictures are yummy.

  30. […] PPS. The winners of the Simply Raw Kitchen giveaway was Jessica and 365 Vegan Smoothies was Phoebe. […]

  31. Saniel Underwood said, on December 16, 2013 at 7:52 AM

    I always make recipes from her blog like sweet potato/chickpea burger, hot cocoa, big salads.

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