Green tea can help you lose weight and fight fat retention. It also supercharges your metabolism and keeps you energized naturally, A smoothie is a great way to drink tea and get the benefits if you’re not into sipping a hot brew. Its mild flavor makes for a wonderful breakfast drink or a for a pick me up in the middle of the day.
For the optimum smoothie, make sure you invest in a good quality tea. Matcha, sencha and jasmine green tea varieties all taste different so you may want to experiment and see what appeals to you. It doesn’t matter if you drink it as a loose leaf tea, in a bag or throw a handful of green tea powder into the smoothie, you still eat up green tea’s awesome nutritional benefits. Decaf tea is also available if you want to keep your caffeine consumption to a minimum.
To maximize your antioxidant intake, choose vegetables or fruits that complement green tea’s high antioxidant content. Berries like raspberries or blueberries, bananas, and even avocados complement the tea flavor and make for a healthier green tea smoothie. Additionally, avocados add a degree of healthy fat to help you feel full throughout the day. You can also make delicious green tea smoothies with vegetables you have on hand, like spinach, kale and cucumbers.
Opt for almond or soy milk if you’re a non-dairy drinker and add flaxseeds, hemp seeds or your favorite smoothie nut. Keep the fruit frozen in your fridge can help you save time so all you have to do is blend away during busy days.
How To Make Your First Green Tea Smoothie
For the preparation you will need:
- 2 green tea bags
- 2 tbsp loose leaf green tea for brewing or 2 tbsp green tea powder1 cup water
- 1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries (or any berry of your choice)
- 1 banana, cut into bite size pieces
- 12 ounces yogurt or your preferred dairy (vanilla or original flavor)
- 1/2 frozen green grapes
- 2 tbsp chia seeds
- 3 ice cubes
- 1/2 cup baby spinach (optional)
Bring water to a boil and pour over tea bags. Let tea steep to desired strength. You can do this step beforehand and keep a pitcher of cold green tea in your fridge, ready for use. Add yogurt, tea, bananas, blueberries, grapes, spinach (if using) and chia seeds to blender. Blend to desired consistency or until smooth.
Enjoy your delicious green tea smoothie!