Have You Ever Blended Up Tea???

During the last Smoothie/Juice Challenge in April, we experimented with some NEW blends, including blended TEA. I mean Starbucks does it so why not us too, right? LOL! Well TEAS offer many great benefits as well as fruits and juices. They are herbs from the ground just like fruits and veggies and they have been known to be chalked full with antioxidants, nutrients, vitamins, minerals, all beneficial and vital properties the body needs. The health benefits of green tea is pretty widely known and along with white teas, black teas, and herbal teas (tisanes) you can enjoy those benefits in a delicious cup of hot, cold, or even blended varieties.

For more information on the health benefit and history of TEAS, check out this link:

 

 

Here are some delicious  T E A  B L E N D  creations for you to try:

Kid Tested of course!

My kiddies and my hubby are my best critics.

 

Things To Note When Making Tea Blends:

In place of ice, use Tea, Juice, or Non-Dairy Milk cubes to keep the drink from getting watery. To make the cubes, just pour desired beverage liquid into an ice cube tray and chill over night in the freezer. They will be all ready for your morning tea blend or anytime the next day. (You can use regular ice, but it does water down the drink…it’s not bad just makes it even more refreshing and a bit more slushy. Still delish!)

When brewing tea, use less water to make a more concentrated mixture. This is especially important for the tea cubes. After steeping, let tea chill in the fridge overnight in a container with a lid..

For extra sweetness, sweeten tea BEFORE chilling. I tried this both ways and I found the sweetness of flavor to be more consistent if I sweetened the tea to my liking before hand. (When I drink hot teas I tend to drink them unsweetened, but to accompany the flavor of the tea blend and fruit used I prefer it sweetened.)

Ice Cube are too big…If your ice cube tray makes bigger ice cubes, just use a knife or preferably an ice pick and break them up a bit. If you do not have a high powered blender, this helps keep your smoothie freer from leftover ice chunks.

 

Day 26 Recipe of the Day

chai spicesChai Tea Latte Smoothie

  • 6 Chai Tea Cubes (I like to use *Tazo Chai Spice or Tazo Organic Chai  when not using Loose Leaf Teas– you can also use the *Oregon Chai Liquid Concentrate as well)
  • 1 Cup Almond Milk (or any Non-Dairy Milk you prefer – Dairy can be used if desired. I use the *Blue Diamond Vanilla Almond Breeze Almond Milk for this drink unless I have homemade almond milk prepared)
  • 1-2 Tbsp of Raw Honey, Agave Nectar, or any *Natural Sweetener (You can sweeten tea before its chilled)
  • Dash of Cinnamon

Blend Until Smooth, Serve and Enjoy.

***NOTE: If you wanted to make this more creamy and add the benefits of fruit you could slice up a Banana and blend that in as well, just increase your liquid. I would also keep a small cup of Chai Tea Concentrate (brewed or prepackaged) to add as the more liquid and keep the taste more chai flavored. You can increase the cubes and liquid as you blend to get Your Own Desired Taste and Consistency.

 

Orange Blossom Green Tea Smoothie

green tea

  • 4 Orange Blossom Tea Cubes
  • 5 Frozen Mango Chunks
  • 1/2 Small Orange (or 1 *Cutie Orange), peeled and sectioned
  • 1 Cup Orange Blossom Tea, chilled (add more as needed)
  • 1-2 Tbsp of Agave, or any Natural Sweetener

Blend Until Smooth, Serve and Enjoy.

 

Berry Pomegranate Tea Smoothie

4 Pomegranate Green Tea Cubes  OR  3Pomegranate Juice Cubes

1/2 Cup Frozen Blueberries (Blackberries and Mixed Berries work well too.)
3/4 Cup Pomegranate Green Tea, chilled (more as needed)

Blend Until Smooth, Serve and Enjoy.

 

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