I’m so relieved to see that The Hague is on a roll! When I lived in Washington, DC I would often get my morning boost at one of the juice bars in town. Back in the Netherlands I discovered juice bars were not as common as in the US. Until recently. More and more entrepreneurs are opening healthy juice bars not far from my home. Like Saplab Slowjuice, run by two young women in the heart of the City. Cool shop, great juices and awesome location on the Denneweg.
With the aid of their enormous Angel Juicer, a real showpiece, Elise and Caroline make slow juices on a daily basis. Out of it come juices made with all kinds of veggies and with splashy names like Carrot Care, Beet Box and Green Team. If you feel more like fruit, go for the smoothies. The Sunny Spice with mango, carrot, pine apple, orange juice, and ginger brightens your day.
Inspired by Saplab and by the beautiful Spring weather I made some smoothies at home today. It had been awhile, because of the cold winter that called for hot drinks instead of cold ones. This easy Green Matcha Smoothie is a long time favorite of me and my family. It’s also featured in the cookbook Kitchen Table Food, which I wrote together with Petra de Hamer (see sidebar).
Makes 2 large smoothies or 4 small ones
Action Time: 5-10 minutes
1-2 tsp matcha powder
350-400 ml/ 13.5 fl oz coconut milk for drinking
300 g/ 10.5 oz frozen mango
1 banana, sliced
juice of 2 large oranges
4-6 sprigs of mint, leaves picked
hemp seeds, for garnish
Blend all ingredients in a blender until smooth and frothy. For a thinner consistency, add some more coconut milk or orange juice. Pour into glasses and sprinkle over some hemp seeds.
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