mango matcha smoothie

Let’s take a break from all things pumpkin spice. Need a little sunshine in your day? I’ve got just the thing.

mango matcha smoothie // the muffin myth

At this time of year with the weather becoming colder and wetter, many of our immune systems take a bit of a hit. Already the second wave of fall colds is making its way around my office, and this one seems to be a doozy.

You already know that a green smoothie is a great way to get some extra veg into your day, but this smoothie is a little greener than usual and an antioxidant extravaganza due to the addition of matcha powder.

Matcha is straight, stoneground green tea leaves. Because matcha is fully consumed (as opposed to discarding the leaves) it provides you with green tea’s full arsenal of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. To even begin to match the potency found in a single serving of matcha, you would need to drink at least ten cups of brewed green tea. Pow!

I got the idea for this smoothie after I attempted a matcha chia pudding that turned out all wrong, but not wanting to waste the chia or the matcha (that stuff ain’t cheap!) I tossed the pudding into a smoothie. And it was fantastic!

The matcha powder is blended with chunks of frozen mango and banana, chia seeds, almond milk, spinach, and a touch of lime juice. The grassy flavour of matcha really complements the mango, and the lime give the whole thing a little zip plus makes the nutrients in the spinach more easily absorbed by our bodies.

mango matcha smoothie // the muffin myth

And you know what makes this smoothie taste even better? Slurpin’ it on up through one of these gorgeous glass straws from Glass Dharma.

I’m super keen on sustainable products, so I was thrilled when the people at Glass Dharma contacted me and asked if I’d like to try their straws. I was intrigued the idea of them, and when they arrived, I was immediately in love.

Paper straws are cute and all, but I’ve come to the conclusion that the only thing they’re really good for is food photography props. Does anyone actually like drinking through them? Everything just ends up tasting like wet paper. And plastic straws aren’t doing anyone any favours, plugging up our landfills and washing up on beaches. No thanks. Plus you know that thing where you’re drinking down a smoothie that’s a bit on the chunky side and plastic straws just collapse with the effort of trying to suck up that chunk? That never happens with a glass straw! Glass straws are where it’s at!

mango matcha smoothie // the muffin myth

There are so many great choices from Glass Dharma. They’ve got short straws, long straws, thick straws, and thin straws. They’ve even got one specially sized for bubble tea! My favourite, though, is the bent straw. Isn’t in beautiful?!

The glass straws from Glass Dharma are not only beautiful, but they’re sustainably produced, reusable, and you guys, they have a lifetime guarantee.

GlassDharma straws are made from borosilicate glass, the safest and strongest glass commercially available; they are even dishwasher and microwave safe! But if for some reason you do manage to break your straw, the nice people at Glass Dharma will replace it. How cool is that?

Even cooler, my friends, is that Glass Dharma has offered to send some of their fabulous glass straws to one of my dear readers. Better yet, because Glass Dharma is awesome, this giveaway is open to anyone, anywhere in the world. That’s right, no matter where you are in the world all you need to do is leave a comment on this post letting us know why you’d love some beautiful glass straws in your life, and you’ll be eligible to win a $25 gift code for Glass Dharma.

You can earn bonus entries by following The Muffin Myth and Glass Dharma on instagram, and liking our Facebook pages. Please leave separate comments for each entry, as comments will be threaded and counted. On Sunday October 26th I’ll choose a winner via random number generator.

MM_Know_Icon_FINALMatcha is straight stoneground green tea leaves. It’s packed with antioxidants, and is said to boost metabolism. All those antioxidants work to naturally detoxify your body from free radicals. Matcha is also calming and helps relax us, enhances mood, and aids in concentration. Matcha is rich in vitamin C, selenium, chromium, zinc, and magnesium.


mango matcha smoothie // the muffin myth

mango matcha smoothie // the muffin myth
4.75 from 4 votes

mango matcha smoothie + giveaway!

This antioxidant rich smoothie is like a glass of sunshine on a cloudy day.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Katie Trant


  • 2 cups fresh spinach
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen mango chunks
  • 1 frozen banana cut into chunks
  • 2 Tbsp chia seeds
  • 1/2 tsp matcha powder
  • 2 cups almond milk
  • juice of 1/2 a lime


  1. Place all ingredients in the jar of a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
  3. Serve immediately, with a glass straw.


mango matcha smoothie // the muffin myth


Disclaimer: I was sent a selection of straws from Glass Dharma to review. All opinions are my own.



  1. Eileen says

    October 19, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    I could really get behind one of these smoothies right about now, and those straws are lovely! I could certainly do with less plastic straws in my life. 🙂 Thanks for the giveaway opportunity!

  2. Annabella says

    October 19, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    I drink a lot of smoothies and iced coffee. These straws would definitely decrease the plastic waste i contribute (guilty)…

  3. Ktb says

    October 19, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I’ve been curious about these straws since Beth terry reviewed them on fake plastic fish. I hadn’t gotten up the courage because my family is good at breaking glass, but reading your review, I would love to try them.

  4. Chloe says

    October 19, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Would love to have a glass straw for my 2 year old son! He drinks a veggie smoothie and a protein shake every day. Needless to say, we are throwing away a lot of plastic straws!

  5. Cammy says

    October 19, 2014 at 6:10 pm

    I just need a glass straw because I love beautiful things. And a nice wide one so that it cleans up easily after a smoothie 🙂

  6. Caroline Blundell says

    October 19, 2014 at 6:12 pm

    Our family uses straws everyday. Our morning starts with smoothies and my husband always uses a straw. When my son takes his lunch to school with a big 500ml milk he always asks for a straw. Having glass straws would be amazing.

  7. Linda @ Veganosity says

    October 19, 2014 at 9:19 pm

    I love matcha! My college age son gave me matcha, a beautiful mug, and a bamboo whisk for Christmas last year and I swear that I can feel my body calm itself after the first sip. It’s seriously amazing stuff! Of course I would love some of those beautiful glass straws. They are good for the environment and they make drinks taste better. Win-win!

  8. Coco says

    October 19, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    Just discovered your blog from your post on Oh My Veggies. Love the greenness of your smoothie! I would of course also love one of these straws… I moved about three years ago from Europe to New Zealand (yeah one of those decisions) and I have so far not found glass straws here. We are a bit behind and left out from what the rest of the world does :-). Still drinking my smoothies straight from a glass jar as I refuse to use plastic (and really this can get a bit messy with a thick smoothie).

    • Katie Trant says

      October 21, 2014 at 7:13 pm

      I lived in New Zealand for a year and I totally remember that feeling! It’s definitely an isolated place, but not without charm. I still miss it every day, and definitely want to go back sometime. Good luck with the giveaway – and even if you don’t win, Glass Dharma ships worldwide!

  9. Christian says

    October 19, 2014 at 11:09 pm

    I need some Glass Dharma Straws in my life so I can cut out the rest of the plastic in my house! I am trying to have only glass or bamboo 😉 hook me up so I can have some super sweet straws to slurp down my daily smoothies!!!

  10. shelly says

    October 20, 2014 at 2:40 am

    i need glass straws in my life because i totally agree with you about the paper straws! they are truly awful. i have never tried glass straws though and would love to give them a shot!

  11. Yi Leng says

    October 20, 2014 at 7:04 am

    I would love to win because I hate using plastic straws, I think it is such waste to throw them away after using it. I do reuse but I kept biting it 🙁 Hope to win! 😀

  12. Marissa says

    October 20, 2014 at 8:06 pm

    I’d love to have some of these straws! I think they’re so cool, and I drink smoothies/shakes on a daily basis so they’d come in handy!

  13. Stephanie says

    October 27, 2014 at 1:51 pm

    I used to be a huge smoothie fan, but I eventually realized they are just a good way to eat too much sugar in the morning. After seeing your creative smoothie with matcha, I knew I had to try it! I fell in love instantly and I may be back on the smoothie bandwagon. Thank you!

    • Katie Trant says

      October 28, 2014 at 5:38 am

      You’re definitely right that smoothies can be a calorie bomb, but they’re much better than juice because they contain whole fruits with all of the fiber intact, and if you add some greens or other veg they are a very nutritious start to your day!

  14. Diane W says

    November 7, 2014 at 4:16 pm

    I would love to have glass straws for my winter smoothie drinking pleasure so that I do not have to touch the cold glass jar .. I see these as a way of not getting so cold.


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