A matcha smoothie, enhanced with grapefruit and jackfruit in a yin yang mix of sweet and savory, that is a powerhouse at boosting memory and energy.
Jackfruit Matcha Smoothie.
This jackfruit matcha smoothie inspires memories. 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.
And yet they did it economically, often attaching the trips to my father’s business travel so there was a lot of cost-savings.
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 sweet and savory smoothie bowl reminds me of mornings at a resort in the Caribbean where they had big breakfast banquets with tables and tables of tropical and citrus fruits, sliced in elegant octagons as I have attempted here.
Smoothies were just becoming popular at the time, and this resort was very trendy, serving a wide range of smoothie options both fruity and even savory and even both. There was a leek-and-mushroom-citrus smoothie my mother loved. Isn’t that an interesting combination? Who wants me to try to recreate that? Maybe one day I will.
Meanwhile, here, I did create a sweet and savory using some unusual ingredients. A true Yin and Yang smoothie using jackfruit, other fruits and matcha.
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. Even though normally we’d want to use the sweet version in a smoothie, I used the canned green jackfruit here to make a smoothie that is both sweet and savory.
Want to try your hand at breaking down fresh jackfruit? I warn you, they look like dinosaur eggs and can be as large as 80 pounds! But here, adventurous one, I actually wrote up a detailed jackfruit how-to on how to break down jackfruit and cook a delicious savory pulled pork sandwiches with it.
Pork, you shriek! Do you really think I meant real pork, silly? This is a plant-based vegan recipe blog, haha. No, I treated the jackfruit so it mimics pork and it tastes awesome!
Is Jackfruit Healthy?
Jackfruit contains nearly every vitamin and mineral needed as well as considerable fiber and protein. One cup of jackfruit contains 3 gms of fiber and 3 gms of protein.
The fruit is quite strong in antioxidants, and hold a low glycemic indes so it is useful at blood sugar management. The combo of citrus and jackfruit include skin support, weight-loss metabolism hikes, and digestion assists.
And throw in matcha, and well, the nutrition is just getting silly, haha. Ceremonial matcha provides antioxidants, memory boosts, and higher energy levels.
All in all, a smoothie to daydream over… I hope you enjoy!
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Jackfruit Matcha Smoothie (Sweet & Savory Smoothie)
- Prepare all the ingredients - rinse the jackfruit, peel the cucumber, slice the fruit into shapes and save trimmings for the smoothie mixture.
- Blend up 1 cup yogurt, the lemon juice, cucumber, and jackfruit. Set aside.
- Blend up the other half cup of yogurt with the lime juice, matcha, the mango and any left over trimmings from the citrus (not the peels, haha, the citrus meat)
- Spoon the two sides into either sides of a bowl, top with citrus slices, hemp hearts and almonds! Enjoy!
Dee Dine is founder of Green Smoothie Gourmet, a plant based recipe blog, and author of the recent cookbook, Crazy Healthy with 4 Ingredients . On this blog you’ll find incredibly easy recipes with hidden veggies for anyone wanting to eat healthier, regardless of diet. Dee has graduate degrees in immunological nutritional studies and journalism. More about Dee Dine here.