My daughter had two of her wisdom teeth extracted last week. She was doing well by the third day after her surgery, but it’s been no picnic. Even after the pain subsided, her gums stayed swollen from the operation; her cheeks were so puffy, she couldn’t eat solid food for a while! She couldn’t go out and was prepared for a week’s worth of drinking straws and soft foods. I wanted to give her yummy things to look forward to eating and had to rack my brain on creative ways for expanding the menu from just plain porridge. I made a lot from blending things – fish porridge, mushroom soup with rice, pumpkin carrot soup, tofu and fish, and lots of strawberry-banana smoothies thickened with oatmeal.
However, I started to worry that she wasn’t getting her greens for a whole week…What about a vegetable smoothie? Could a veggie smoothie be appetizing? Through inspiration from a magazine recipe and some trial and error, I came up with this green tea smoothie. The verdict: a solid thumbs-up from the patient! Yes, it contains spinach but you can hardly detect the taste at all! In fact, my green tea smoothie was so appealing, other family members started to ask if they could have it for breakfast too!
Who would’ve thought it! This healthy and nutritional winner is perfect as a filling snack! (I guess you could omit the Oreos if you want to be really healthy … but come on, where’s the fun in that? Those cookies sure make a delicious difference!) So, start your day with a burst of antioxidants in this uplifting green tea-banana and spinach smoothie.
1 cup low fat plain yogurt
4 tbsp instant oatmeal
1 tsp matcha green tea powder
1 cup baby spinach
1 ripe banana
2 Oreo cookies
1/2 tsp honey or sugar (optional – not necessary if you are making it with Oreo cookies)
1. Add just enough hot water to the oatmeal to make a thick mixture. Allow it to cool.
2. Put all the ingredients into an electric blender. Blend until everything is well mixed.
3. Pour into a tall glass.