During the summer months, my breakfast of choice is a big hearty smoothie.
I usually make mine with bananas, frozen fruit, yogurt, tofu, orange juice, and sometimes flax seed. It’s really filling and a great way to start the day.
But there’s another way to do smoothies – a lighter way. Think of this green tea smoothie
as the cold equivalent of English afternoon tea.
It takes just a few minutes to blend up, assuming you prep the ice cubes beforehand. Instead of a meal, this smoothie is a healthy afternoon snack that’s completely refreshing and delicious.
The key to this smoothie is in subtle flavors. Green tea is far from strong in the flavor department so you want to make sure not to overpower it with anything too strong. Putting something like orange juice in this would hide the subtle green tea flavor.
Also, to make the flavor as strong as possible, be sure to brew some really strong green tea. I added two tea bags to two cups of boiling hot water and let them steep until the water cools down to room temperature. That should make the tea about as potent as it can get.
Instead of adding ice to the smoothie later on (which would dilute it), add the tea to a few ice cube trays and freeze it. That’ll provide the ice for the smoothie and keep the green tea flavor really strong.
Besides the tea, there are just a few ingredients that I recommend using. It always helps to have a creamy component to a smoothie and for this version I went with plain Mountain High Yoghurt (for less sugar) and almond milk. You could use normal milk if you wanted, but the subtle almond flavor and green tea actually work well together.
To give the smoothie a bit of sweetness, I added a good drizzle of honey and some honeydew melon, which gave it a nice fresh flavor.
Once you have all the ingredients and the tea frozen, just add it all to a blender starting with the frozen tea.
My tea cubes were only about 2/3s frozen so there was some liquid still. As long as they are mostly frozen you can use them.
Then just pile in all the other ingredients!
Blend this until everything is nice and smooth and you’re all set!
Since this is more of a snack than a meal, a small serving of this smoothie is more than enough for a nice refreshing snack.
Literally, it’s like a cup of tea. Except frozen!
I sat outside in near 100-degree heat while drinking this and it was completely cooling. The green tea is subtle, but definitely there and all the other flavors just keep the whole thing nice and light.
This is a quick drink that will cure your summer heat woes for sure!
More Smooth Summer MovesNick asked his wife if she would like a “spot of smoothie” when he made this. Be sure to check out his blog, Macheesmo and his Tablespoon profile!