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drank Matcha by Teavana
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Today called for a Matcha Smoothie.

Ingredients: Matcha from Teavana, milk (skim or 1%), Splenda/Sugar to taste, Dole Frozen Unsweetened Mixed Berries (strawberries, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries), Blender.

Recipe: I put in a 1/4 cup of the frozen mixed berries, 1/4 tsp Splenda, 4 ounces skim milk (cold), 4 ounces cold water, 1/4 tsp Matcha powder in the Magic Bullet blender cup, mixed for about a minute.

Makes a thick, frothy smoothie, tasted like ripe mixed berries and matcha. Fantastic.

S

Ah, you should have posted this yesterday! I tried to make a blackberry matcha milk smoothie, and it came out horrible. Will try this out today, although I’m out of blackberries now :(

Cinoi

Aww, I’m sorry, but for today, here are a few cheats here for you: use frozen berries because then you don’t need ice and it turns out creamy and cold, don’t use all milk, it makes it too thick, also you usually need to add sweetener because most frozen berries lose their sugar and require added sugar/sweetener to taste right. Sorry about your lack of berries, but if you don’t mind the mix definitely look for the Dole Frozen Mix (its by desserts in the frozen section) and makes the smoothie process a lot easier.

S

Yeah, I think that was one of my mistakes – I used fresh berries and milk, the only things I had on hand. I tried adding some fresh strawberries too, but it didn’t help. Boo. So now I wasted some yummy fresh berries, too. :(

Ricky

Ummm, did you strain the berries o.O I never have luck with frozen blackberries or raspberries. The seeds make it difficult for me to drink. I just stick with strawberries and bananas. Next time I’ll try adding some matcha.

S

Ricky, I had an awful blackberry seed experience yesterday. Maybe frozen berries have fewer seeds?

S

Oh wait, nevermind. You said you used frozen and there were seeds. I tried fresh yesterday, and there were seeds too :(

Ricky

Well, I always freeze all my ingredients. I’m lazy and I don’t really use them for a long time. I think I still have frozen strawberries tucked deep within my freezer.

Cinoi

i had a few blackberry seeds, none of the other posed any problems though. the mix i bought had such distinct pieces that if the seeds really did bother me, i would just not use the blackberries next time since they are so easy to pull out. however, i am sure there were seeds and i did not notice any more than one or two.

Ricky

It might be because I’m using fresh berries and throwing them into the freezer and yours is premixed?

Cinoi

Yea, the berries are premixed, if not for extreme convenience it also saves money. The blended bag is 12 ounces and $4.00 where fresh berries vary depending on season and can cost the same as that.

Ricky

When it gets warmer, I think I might just do that instead of buying fresh berries. I didn’t think about that.

Cinoi

Yea, especially because I, too, am lazy and this way if it takes me a week or two (or longer) to use all the berries, at least they are frozen and won’t go bad

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S

Ah, you should have posted this yesterday! I tried to make a blackberry matcha milk smoothie, and it came out horrible. Will try this out today, although I’m out of blackberries now :(

Cinoi

Aww, I’m sorry, but for today, here are a few cheats here for you: use frozen berries because then you don’t need ice and it turns out creamy and cold, don’t use all milk, it makes it too thick, also you usually need to add sweetener because most frozen berries lose their sugar and require added sugar/sweetener to taste right. Sorry about your lack of berries, but if you don’t mind the mix definitely look for the Dole Frozen Mix (its by desserts in the frozen section) and makes the smoothie process a lot easier.

S

Yeah, I think that was one of my mistakes – I used fresh berries and milk, the only things I had on hand. I tried adding some fresh strawberries too, but it didn’t help. Boo. So now I wasted some yummy fresh berries, too. :(

Ricky

Ummm, did you strain the berries o.O I never have luck with frozen blackberries or raspberries. The seeds make it difficult for me to drink. I just stick with strawberries and bananas. Next time I’ll try adding some matcha.

S

Ricky, I had an awful blackberry seed experience yesterday. Maybe frozen berries have fewer seeds?

S

Oh wait, nevermind. You said you used frozen and there were seeds. I tried fresh yesterday, and there were seeds too :(

Ricky

Well, I always freeze all my ingredients. I’m lazy and I don’t really use them for a long time. I think I still have frozen strawberries tucked deep within my freezer.

Cinoi

i had a few blackberry seeds, none of the other posed any problems though. the mix i bought had such distinct pieces that if the seeds really did bother me, i would just not use the blackberries next time since they are so easy to pull out. however, i am sure there were seeds and i did not notice any more than one or two.

Ricky

It might be because I’m using fresh berries and throwing them into the freezer and yours is premixed?

Cinoi

Yea, the berries are premixed, if not for extreme convenience it also saves money. The blended bag is 12 ounces and $4.00 where fresh berries vary depending on season and can cost the same as that.

Ricky

When it gets warmer, I think I might just do that instead of buying fresh berries. I didn’t think about that.

Cinoi

Yea, especially because I, too, am lazy and this way if it takes me a week or two (or longer) to use all the berries, at least they are frozen and won’t go bad

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