I’ve always liked smoothies, especially the ones with tea in them, but with warm weather (tank tops! shorts! the beach!) around the corner I’m really watching my diet and nutrition. This means less sweets and more fruit, and even an occasional meal replacement. Occa-sion-al.
Anyway, here are two smoothie recipes from the Bigelow Tea Website that I plan to try this week, and I wanted to share them with my readers in case you’re interested in trying them too!
Green Tea Fruit Medley Smoothie
1 cup water
3 Bigelow® Green Tea Bags (use any flavored green tea)
1 cup fresh berries; choose from raspberries, blueberries, or strawberries
1/4 cup pineapple juice
1/2 cup vanilla yogurt
1/2 cup ice cubes
Prepare tea by steeping 3 Bigelow® Green tea bags in 1 cup of boiling water for 5 minutes. Squeeze out bags and discard.
Combine tea and remaining ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Yield: Makes 4 – 6 oz drinks, each servings around 52 calories. Prep time: 5 minutes.
Bigelow® Herb Tea Smoothie
3/4 cup hot water
6 Bigelow® Herbal Tea Bags: (Perfect Peach®, Red RaspberryTM, Chamomile Mango®, Pomegranate Pizzazz®, or Herb Plus Wild Blueberry Acai)
1 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
1 cup frozen fruit (strawberries, mangos, raspberries, blueberries, or a combination)
In a measuring cup, combine hot water and 6 tea bags of your flavor choice listed above. Allow to steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bags.
Allow tea to cool, then place in the refrigerator until well chilled.
In a blender, combine the yogurt, frozen fruit, and 1/2 cup chilled tea. Puree until smooth. Pour into glasses and serve with a straw. Yield: Makes 3 servings, each serving around 85 calories.