Jackfruit Matcha Citrus Smoothie.
I love working with citrus in a smoothie for the look of the thing, apart from the obvious nutritional benefits.
The fruit presented like this brings back memories of vacations with my parents as a child.
They were always taking us out of the country, at least three times a year, well into my teens. Europe or Bermuda or the Caribbean. We stayed in a vast array of lodging, from bed and breakfasts to grand resorts so elegant, John Jacob Astor (founder of Waldorf Astoria) would be proud.
And they did it economically, often attaching the trips to my father’s business travel so there was a lot of cost-savings.
But this also meant that the trips inevitably fell on weeks that were not school vacation weeks so we’d miss school. But the educational benefits, my parents would argue, typically to our school principals, were enormous and somehow they always won.
In case you are beginning to wonder, there is a connection to my reminiscing.
This smoothie bowl reminds me of mornings at a resort in Puerto Rico where the citrus fruits were wildly plentiful and sliced, as I attempted here, in elegant octagons.
I didn’t get a lot of smoothies on those trips though. They were just becoming a thing..
So the fruit was served alone, but not in my house now!
Now we top all kinds of smoothies. Lately I’ve really been wanting to adventure out into the leeks and mushrooms and the savory plains of smoothies…
This recipe is a mix of both, sweet and savory, a true Yin and Yang smoothie.
And a good one, using jackfruit as well as all this beautiful citrus. The jackfruit I used here is frozen (I found it at Whole Foods) and is slightly sweeter than the raw jackfruit I used here. Jackfruit is fascinating because it can be both sweet and savory depending on it’s ripeness stage – the riper it is, the sweeter it is. Green young jackfruit is not sweet, and is even a different texture, more stringy, making it a perfect candidate for vegan pulled “pork”.
Meanwhile, I can tell you the benefits of the combo of citrus and jackfruit include skin support, weight-loss metabolism hikes, and digestion assists.
And you probably already know that the matcha side adds its own benefits, with ceremonial matcha providing antioxidants, memory boosts, and higher energy levels.
All in all, a smoothie to daydream over… I hope you enjoy!
Jackfruit Matcha Citrus Smoothie (Sweet & Savory Smoothie)
makes about 3-cup smoothie mixture
Blend up 1 cup yogurt, the lemon juice, cucumber, and jackfruit. Set aside.
Blend up the other half of yogurt with the lime juice, matcha, and the mango.
Spoon the two sides into either sides of a bowl, top with citrus slices, hemp hearts and almonds! Enjoy!