Smoothie Saturday #2 - Blackberry Apricot with Green Tea
About one month ago - I shared with you my newest "gadget" find - well it's more of a small appliance really - The "NutriBullet"!
Today is the second "Smoothie Saturday" where I will share one of my smoothie creations.
In this recipe I included green tea.
Green tea is full of antioxidants. Many experts claim that green tea helps fight against cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis, cardiovascular disease, viral & bacterial infections and it is great for weight loss. Green tea is processed differently than black tea - black tea is fermented whereas green tea is withered & steamed (again - I'm not a doctor - please see my "disclaimer" at the bottom of this post).
The feature Smoothie recipe below is very tart - I love tart foods. If you prefer a sweeter smoothie then simply omit the lime & 1 apricot and add 1/2 of a banana instead.
2 small apricots (washed & pitted)
4 large blackberries (washed & drained)
1 scoop vanilla whey protein
1/2 cup Kefir (or yogurt)
1/2 cup green tea (cold) (I used Pomegranate & Acai Green Tea)
1/2 cup shredded zucchini (frozen shredded zucchini will work also)
1/8 cup almonds
1/2 tablespoon flax seeds
(This is very tart! If you want a sweeter smoothie then omit the lime & subtract 1 apricot and use 1/2 banana instead)
Make the tea ahead of time and allow to fully cool before making this smoothie (I used "Biglow" green tea with Pomegranate & Acai - delicious!). Begin with the smaller "NutriBullet" container and use the "nut & seed" blade to blend & chop the almonds & flax seeds. Now place the remaining ingredients (including the processed seeds & nuts from the first step) into the larger "NutriBullet" container and use the "smoothie" blade. Blend for about 30 seconds.
IMPORTANT: All of my smoothie recipes on this blog are measured for the "NutriBullet" and are a single serving - if you have a different kind of blender that has a larger capacity then you may increase the amount of ingredients according to your desired smoothie needs. The ingredients in this recipe measure exactly up to the max line of the NutriBullet.
Other Beverages on this blog:
I grew up on a tea estate in India, and had a cousin who tea-planted in Sri Lanka (it was called Ceylon then!) and Kenya. The tea was always plucked, and dried - never to my knowledge (though memory is not as good as it once was!) fermented. Am afraid I like my old-fashioned tea leaves too much to try Green tea! Stick in the mud, that's me!ReplyDelete
Thank you so much Isobel - I (obviously) have no first hand experience with growing tea - the "fermented" part came from my online research (Wikipedia actually). I guess not everything I read online is true eh? How very interesting - growing up on a tea estate. Now I'm very curious - does tea have a scent when it is growing? - Or does it not have that wonderful crisp fragrance until it is processed?Delete
Thank you for the great information!
The smoothie is such a wonderful color. I like blackberries, but find they can also be tart. I'm afraid I'd have to leave out the tea. I know it is good for you, but for some reason, I really don't like the taste of tea. My daughter is always telling me to taste this or that tea blend ("It doesn't even taste like tea, Mom"). Never works. I can always taste the tea.ReplyDelete
Yes - if you don't like tea & tart things - then this is probably not the smoothie for you. It's so amazing how different we all are!Delete
This sounds so delicious! It's been MONTHS since I've enjoyed a smoothie!ReplyDelete
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What a wonderful combination of flavors. It would be tasty right now. Hopping over and following along from Our Everyday Harvest xoReplyDelete
That looks yummy!ReplyDelete