Agave sweetener is produced by heating or enzymatically treating and filtering sap from the heart of the agave plant. A teaspoon of agave has 21 calories and trace amounts of nutrients such as vitamins A, C, E, K, and B6, compared with refined white sugar’s 16 calories per teaspoon and zero trace nutrients.
Matcha is a powdered green tea that’s high in antioxidants; you’ll find it in most large natural grocery stores or Asian markets. If you can’t find matcha, steep 4 green tea bags in 1⁄2 cup boiling water for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags and let liquid cool, then add tea to smoothie; reduce rice milk by 1⁄2 cup.