Learn how to make copycat Smoothie King Green Tea Tango, right in the comfort of your own home!
If you are a fan of Smoothie King's Green Tea Tango, then I have good news for you! Not only can you create this yummy and healthful treat at home, you can actually save yourself a fortune by doing so!
Plus, you can quickly whip up a glassful whenever the fancy takes you and satisfy your craving without even leaving the house.
What is matcha?
The main ingredient in this smoothie is matcha. You see it everywhere these days, used in everything from lattes to donuts. But have you ever wondered exactly what matcha is?
Matcha is Japanese powdered green tea, which is made by pulverizing whole, dried green tea leaves. We all know that green tea is healthy - but did you know that matcha is even healthier?
When you make green tea, you need to steep the tea leaves in hot water for a few minutes, then strain them and throw the tea leaves away.
Not so with matcha, which is made from the WHOLE leaf. This means that when you consume matcha, you are getting all the nutrients that the plant has to offer.
Matcha is something of an acquired taste. It is a little bitter and definitely has an almost vegetable flavor to it.
That's why smoothies like this one are so great - they make it possible to enjoy matcha even if you don't particularly love the taste! Blending it with your favorite fruit - and maybe adding a sweetener - has made matcha popular with lots of people who may never have tried it otherwise.
What is stevia?
This recipe calls for stevia as an optional ingredient. Stevia is an incredibly sweet plant that has been used to sweeten foods since the 16th century. It is virtually zero-calorie and is safe to use. Unlike many artifical sweeteners - that can upset your stomach - stevia is well tolerated by almost everyone!
Smoothie King doesn't actually use stevia in their Green Tea Tango. If you want the recipe to be as close to theirs as possible, use turbinado sugar instead. This golden brown, partially refined sugar still contains some of its original molasses, so it has a subtle flavor of caramel. If this is too much sweetness for you, try the stevia instead - or omit sweeteners altogether. If you use banana as your fruit of choice, it adds plenty of sweetness to the smoothie anyway!
The whipped cream topping is entirely optional - but it makes a lovely treat if you include it.