Our Favorite Green Tea Smoothie Recipes for the Mind, Body and Soul
Green tea might be best known as the hot drink-of-choice for people in many Asian countries. It’s lower in caffeine, has a light, delicate flavor, and is a great substitute for coffee in the mornings. But did you know that there are many other benefits to regularly drinking green tea?
Benefits of Green Tea
One of the most well-known benefits of green tea is its high concentration of antioxidants. Antioxidants are well-known to prevent the negative effects of free radicals, aging, and cancers. In China, a population with an extremely high percentage of people regularly consuming green tea, studies have proven the linkage between drinking green tea and the prevention of certain types of cancer.
Green tea also contains a specific amino acid called L-theanine. This amino acid increases the production of dopamine in the brain, as well produces anti-anxiety effects. These two properties of L-theanine work synergistically with the caffeine also present in green tea to improve brain function, leading to a more sustaining “buzz” as compared to coffee.
Along with the sustaining energy benefits of the caffeine and L-theanine found in green tea, these properties have been found to increase metabolism in certain studies. Not only that, but these leaves have been shown to increase fat burning, which is certainly a helpful benefit to weight loss and a healthy diet.
There are so many other benefits found from drinking green tea, this article could quickly become a novel. Some of the other benefits of drinking green tea include lower risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s, regulation of cholesterol, glucose levels, and blood pressure, and protection against bacterial and viral illnesses, due to the antibacterial agents called catechins found in tea.
With all of these amazing health benefits, it’s no wonder green tea has been used medicinally for thousands of years! Are you ready to incorporate green tea into your diet, to start reaping all of its benefits? One of the easiest ways to sneak green tea into your diet, without having to drink it straight, is to use it as your liquid base in a smoothie.
Depending on how strong you brew your tea, the mild flavor is hardly detected and usually overpowered by other ingredients, so you can easily add it to your favorite recipe. But if you enjoy green tea’s delicately floral taste, here are a few of our favorite recipes which highlight the flavor of green tea.
Yummy Spiced Green Tea Smoothie
- 3/4 cup strong green tea, chilled
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- Juice of 1 lemon (2-3 TBSP)
- 2 teaspoons honey or agave nectar
- 1 small pear, cubed with the skin on (the skin has lots of nutrients!)
- 2 tablespoons fat-free plain yogurt
- 6-8 ice cubes
Place everything in a great blender and blend for 2 minutes until smooth. Serve immediately and enjoy!
Tasty Green Smoothie with Green Tea
- 1 cup strong green tea, chilled
- 1½ cups green grapes
- 1 cup baby spinach
- 1 cup banana slices
- 6-8 ice cubes
Place everything in a high powered blender and blend for 2 minutes until smooth. Serve immediately and enjoy!