This Healthy Green Tea Smoothie is rich in antioxidants and vitamin C without added sugars that will light up your mornings.
A few months ago, I was experimenting with some smoothie flavors. After a few tweaks and remakes, I finally got a flavor combination that tastes great and that even my boyfriend likes. He is somewhat a picky eater when he doesn’t see common ingredients in smoothies.
Surprise I also added some veggies to the smoothie, I couldn’t skip the opportunity to add some more nutrition to it. I have noticed that lately, I’m always looking for ways to add more veggies to my diet. I think it is because I don’t like much preparing salads, don’t get me wrong, I do like them but when someone else prepares them. 😜
For me, smoothies are usually a part of my breakfast or a snack. I used the green tea because I love its taste. Green tea has a lot of antioxidants and health benefits.
I did a little test with cold brewing the green tea, and I noticed that I enjoyed it a lot more than brewing it the regular way and waiting for it to cool. The cold brewing method prevents it from getting a bitter taste. You can check out this post on How to Cold brew tea bags for the instructions to prepare it.
For this recipe, we will need the following ingredients:
- cold brewed Sencha Japanese green tea
- frozen pineapple
- medium size green pear
- fresh spinach
I didn’t include any sugar or sweetener because I’m working on reducing my added sugar intake. The green color comes from the spinach. Spinach also has antioxidants and vitamin K.
Pear contains vitamin C, fiber, and potassium. Pineapple also contains vitamin C. The pear and the pineapple gave it enough sweetness. As I mentioned before, my boyfriend enjoyed it, even without sweetener. The green pear also gives the smoothie a creamier texture. I left the skin on the pear, only removed the seeds and the stem. I didn’t use bananas because that is the common ingredient in all green smoothies and I wanted to switch things up a little bit.
As for the blender that I used, it is a Ninja Blender that just crushes and leaves everything ultra smooth. I have also tried making it using a regular blender. It does the job but sometimes you need to blend the green tea and the spinach first, and then add the rest of the ingredients. Following this step will prevent having some of the spinach chunks floating in your smoothie.
As seen in the photo I added the fruits first, then the green tea and lastly, I added the spinach. You would need to have the spinach close the blade, so it gets chopped properly. This trick applies for your regular blender too.
I usually like my smoothie somewhat thinner. Sometimes I use frozen pineapple instead of fresh, so it is extra cold. If you need it to be sweeter, you can also add a teaspoon of honey or just taste it and adjust if required, but I don’t think it needs it. Serve and enjoy immediately. 🙂 As a result, you will get a delicious and refreshing green tea smoothie packed with nutrients and dark leafy greens.
- 6 oz single serving of cold brewed sencha japanese green tea
- 1 cup fresh spinach, loosely packed
- 1 cup chopped frozen pineapple
- 1 medium size green pear seeds and stem removed
Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth.
Serve immediately. Enjoy!
Equipment used: Ninja Blender
Tip: Put the spinach close to the blender blade, so you can ensure that the spinach is completely blended. In case you have a regular blender, first, blend the spinach and the cold brewed green tea until there are no more spinach pieces, and then add the fruits and blend until smooth. I recommend preparing the cold brewed green tea the night before if you are going to prepare the smoothie in the morning.
Hope you give this green tea smoothie a try! It is a great green smoothie for beginners.
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