The Antioxidant-Rich Ingredient Your Smoothies Are Missing

Photo: Ashley Madden

I used to think that I could only reap the benefits of green tea by choosing it over my morning coffee. But honestly, I just really want my morning coffee sometimes. Consequently, green tea gets left on the bench, its health supportive potential disregarded and left for some other day.

One morning I was determined, resolute in my decision: "I will choose green tea!"

I boiled the kettle, set up my delicate tea tools, the pretty blue cup and dainty antique spoon, and got to steeping my green tea.

Only I was sabotaged.

My husband perked a pot of coffee, and I was persuaded by its aroma and slow, tantalizing drip. My poor green tea didn't stand a chance. Before I knew it, I was sipping a cup of joe while looking shamefully at my teacup.

And then I had an idea! My green tea need not be wasted! As it cooled it occurred to me that it would be the perfect addition to a smoothie.

If you aren't a tea drinker, for whatever reason, and still want to benefit from green tea's appealing antioxidant profile, use green tea as the liquid portion in a smoothie.

This smoothie is not only full of green tea's antioxidants but also anti-inflammatory omega-3 fats from flax and hemp seeds and phytonutrients from fresh spinach.

For those hard-core green smoothie lovers, where the greener the better, wheatgrass makes a nice addition and hits the nutritional profile of this smoothie out of the park!

Green Tea, Flax + Spinach Smoothie

Serves 1

Ingredients

  • 1 large frozen banana
  • 1 packed cup baby spinach
  • ¾ cup green tea (cooled to room temperature or from the fridge)
  • ¼ cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon hemp seeds (hemp hearts)
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 ice cubes
  • 1 teaspoon wheatgrass powder (optional)

Preparation

Add all ingredients to a blender, and blend until smooth.

Note: You can prepare the green tea in two ways: Steep it and allow to cool to room temperature, or make it ahead of time, transfer to a glass jar or container, and refrigerate.

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