Green tea and vanilla. These are two flavours that I love together.
There’s a macaron joint in my neighbourhood that serves a vanilla green tea, and it’s just my favourite thing.
As the weather gets warmer, though, a young girl’s thoughts turn to Frappucinos. Milkshakes. Smoothies. Cold, creamy, and refreshing, there are unlimited ways to make these frosty drinks.
The base of this one is matcha and a delicious new vanilla kefir that ended up on my doorstep a week ago.
Now, I’m a fan of kefir. In fact, I’m a fan of anything with probiotics. I take a supplement and I also make sure I eat yogurt or kefir every day.
I should say, for the record, that I there’s yogurt (or kefir) and then there’s yogurt. I think a lot of people buy yogurt thinking it’s good for them, but the kind they are buying actually is packed with sugar and has little nutritional value or probiotics. I usually buy the stuff that’s plain, no sugar, no additives. Or I make my own.
Because I’m buying the plain stuff, I don’t usually eat (or drink) it straight. I usually throw it in a smoothie, which helps to make it less tart and more palatable.
But this stuff! I could drink it straight from the jug! It’s so tasty! And it gives anything you add it to a tart vanilla kick. Oh–and it passed the kid test; Michael loved it and kept asking for it.
This creamy, green “shake” is super healthy and packed with antioxidants and all kinds of other things that are good for you, and it takes about 30 seconds to make.
Vanilla Green Tea Kefir Shake
- 1 cup Kefir (I used Olympic Dairies Organic Vanilla Kefir)
- 1 tsp matcha powder
- 1-2 tbsp maple syrup
- 6-8 ice cubes
- 1 tsp vanilla (optional–if you are using plain kefir add it, otherwise the vanilla in the flavoured kefir will do it)
- 2 tsp Vega’s Protein & Greens Vanilla flavour (optional–this just adds more nutrition)
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well until smooth. Serve.