With the exception of a few small projects, I’m taking a break from doing my usual Japanese-English translation work while I learn German for the first few months of living in Berlin. Learning a third language has been interesting – I’ve never had a problem with switching between English and Japanese, mostly because when my brain goes into second language mode it just defaults to the only one it knows. But now that there’s a new language in the mix, I’m finding myself mixing them up all of the time (leading to some awkward moments in grocery stores and cafes!), and feeling overwhelmed at times. Which is why on days I need to keep focused, I’m relying on tea to keep my mind especially sharp.
Here’s a recipe for a way to start your day off with a kick: matcha strawberry smoothies! This recipe is vegan, satisfying and has a rich matcha flavour. The wonderful thing about smoothies is that you can take a basic recipe and adjust to your taste. Want more sweetness? Add another banana or handful of strawberries. Not so sure if you’ll like the bold matcha flavour? Start with a teaspoon and keep adding until you reach the flavour you like. You can leave out the cashews if you don’t like the richness, I add it because the protein keeps me fuller for longer. If you like ice in your smoothies feel free to add a handful. I like to have a base recipe to start from before altering it, so I hope you enjoy the recipe below!
Vegan Matcha Strawberry Smoothie
–1/4 cup of cashews, soaked for at least 2 hours (you can skip the soaking if you have a high power blender)
–1 tablespoon of matcha, or to taste (I used cooking grade matcha that I bought at Matchashop and it worked very well)
–1 teaspoon of ground flaxseeds (optional)
–1 cup of ‘milk’ (I used unsweetened soy milk but oat, rice, or any other type of milk would work great too)
–1 small piece of vanilla bean or dash of liquid vanilla (optional but adds nice flavour)
-1 cup of frozen strawberries
–2 frozen bananas
Place the cashews, matcha, flaxseeds, milk, vanilla, and strawberries in your blender. Blend on high until it reaches a consistency you like, and then add the peeled frozen bananas and blend again until smooth. I garnished mine with a dusting of matcha powder & red berry smoothie powder.
Hope you enjoy if you try this, and let me know if you come up with any extra ingredients or substitutions that you love!