Ask the Chef: Tea

by Julie Morris, Navitas Naturals Executive Chef
September 30, 2013

Tea

Q: Can I use tea in a smoothie?

A: The marriage of two classic beverages, tea and smoothies, is a very happy one. Teas come with a host of benefits, which range from providing antioxidants, lowering blood pressure, improving digestion, increasing energy and more. And because tea provides flavor without adding any sugar, it is one of my favorite “secrets” for creating lower calorie, uniquely flavored blends.

Using a tea in a smoothie is simple: brew your tea just like you would normally, then store in the refrigerator until fully chilled (you can make big batches to have on hand all week.). When making your smoothie, replace some or all of the liquid with the chilled tea. Another way to incorporate tea is to freeze it in ice cube trays to create flavored “tea ice.” Or, try using warm tea in blends that feature ingredients that are conducive to heat, such as apples, seeds, and spices, and create a “warm smoothie” – a great beverage for the winter.

Try some of these tea and superfood combinations:

Green Tea + Blueberries + Dates + Wheatgrass Powder

Chai Tea + Cashews + Hemp Seeds + Banana

Peppermint Tea + Banana + Spinach + Cacao Powder

Hibiscus Tea + Mixed Berries + Maqui Berry Powder

Ready to Blend? Ready to blend? Here’s a Blueberry Tea Time Smoothie from our Recipe Collection!


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