Spring weather has been making me fall back in love with smoothies. Cold weather and my love of the lighter green juice put my smoothie making on hold for sometime, but this Minnesota sunshine is just begging for more blending.
Something I never fall out of love with is green tea. And if I may take a minute to give a little history that might lead to inspiration: I used to hate tea. If I’m being honest, I kind of used to hate drinking water. What did I drink instead? Diet Coke. Absurd amounts of Diet Coke. At least six cans a day, starting with my breakfast (which didn’t happen until at least 12pm, since, as an undergrad, I woke up late, worked out late, and thus ate my first meal of the day late). In 2008, I read Skinny Bitch, which has a chapter devoted to the evils of diet soda, and decided to quit the stuff for good. I was never a coffee drinker (except for a brief period in Guatemala, and about a month following my return), so I thought tea would make sense as a caffeine substitute. I started with black tea, and had to add stevia in order to get it down. But I didn’t really like the taste of stevia, and I was annoyed with having to carry around those packets for when I got tea on the go, so I just learned to drink it plain. Then, a few months later, I finally started buying green tea, and I’ve never looked back. Oh, and I drink tons of water now, too! So, moral of the story: if you have less-than-healthy beverage habits, it is possible to break them! Trust me–if my Diet Coke addicted-self can do it, you can too!
And, as we know, green tea is super duper good for you. It’s been linked to fighting cancer, heart disease, obesity, and diabetes. And, when brewed properly (never in boiling water), the caffeine from green tea is less intense on your system than other caffeinated beverages.
So, I bought this bag of matcha powder–ground up green tea leaves–from Nuts.com, and have been trying to use it in a variety of things. So far, a bit of it in smoothies has been wonderful. If you don’t have matcha powder, you can make it yourself by grinding your own loose leaf green tea leaves in a coffee grinder. After that, it was just a matter of finding the perfect pairings:
Peach Blossom Green Tea Smoothie
frozen peaches (handful; about 7 slices)
1 c baby spinach (loosely packed)
3/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1/4 t matcha powder
1-2 ice cubes
1-2 T protein powder (I use Garden of Life Raw Protein Powder)
Blend all ingredients in a blender. Pour into a glass, sprinkle with cinnamon, if desired. Enjoy.
How are your beverage habits? Do you have a history of soda-addiction? Do you like green tea?