Making Smoothies With Tea

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Lately Kat has been whipping up delicious smoothies for breakfast or a midday snack. It is a perfect way to get added nutrients in a quick, tasty drink. While we were chatting over an Irish Breakfast tea last week, an idea dawned on me and I shouted, “Dearie, why not add some tea to your smoothie! I bet it will taste delicious!” So we’ve been experimenting with tea and fruit/veggie flavor combinations.

Our basic recipe is 1 cup brewed chilled tea, 2-3 cups frozen or fresh chopped fruit, ½ cup of ice, and 1 cup of yogurt, milk, or non-dairy milk. You can add a tablespoon of honey, or sweetener of choice as well. Blend all the ingredients until smooth! It couldn’t be simpler. Kat has found that adding a banana helps with the texture. You can always add water or fruit juice if you prefer not to use yogurt or milk.

Based on our basic recipe, you can use endless combinations of fruit and tea.  Kat has been adding Private Selection Passion Fruit & Papaya Black Tea to her smoothies. A friend served this tea iced at a pool party this summer, and she fell in love with the refreshing tropical flavors. She spent the entire party poolside, chatting and sipping this tea. Eager to have the tea at home, she happily found it at her local market and has been making it hot, iced, and now adding to her delicious smoothies. It conveniently adds a juicy, sweet flavor of passion fruit and papaya. Lately she has been blending it with blueberries, pineapple, and extra papaya. The tropical flavors pair perfectly with the fruit to make this smoothie even more delicious. One sip and you’ll feel like you are on the beach sitting under a palm tree.

Looking to get some extra greens in your diet? Add them to your smoothie! Try a handful of spinach or a few leaves of Kale to your tea smoothie. The greens pair well with green tea! Kat has been on a kale kick lately, chopping it up in salads, sautéing with garlic, and now adding it to her morning smoothies. She’s been pairing it with this Private Selection Honey Lemon Ginseng Green Tea. Kat first picked this tea up on a whim at the grocery store, because she was curious to try a tea with ginseng. She noticed it next to some of her favorite teas and decided to take it home. She wasn’t sure what to expect but she was amazed at the flavor. It has a strong lemon flavor with a gentle sweetness of honey and orange blossom. There is also a slight earthiness from ginseng and chicory. Mellow green tea rounds out the brew. This tea will add complexity to your green smoothie and help charge up your day. Kat loves the flavor so much, she is already thinking of ways to add this tea to savory recipes.

If you are looking to expand your current smoothie repertoire, you could try adding a ¼ cup of nut butter for a creamy extra boost of energy. Flax or chia seeds would also be great to keep you going. Make the smoothies ahead of time and keep in the refrigerator for a quick post-workout slurp or for your hungry little ones as a nutritious after school snack.

Whatever tea and fruit or veggie combinations you use, your day will be enhanced by these nourishing, flavorful smoothies. They are simple and quick to prepare. I’d love to know what ingredients you choose for yours!

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