This week’s healthy homemaker recipe is for a blueberry-banana green tea smoothie!! I’ll be honest. I occasionally drink green tea, but this was the first time I actually tried to make anything with it!
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This traditional Asian beverage is chock full of antioxidants to both prevent and fight disease!
A Japanese study conducted during the 2008-2009 flu season, found that schoolchildren who consumed 1-5 cups of green tea per day were less likely to develop the flu!
What’s more, various studies have shown green tea to potentially:
- protect against heart disease,
- fight cancer,
- lower cholesterol,
- prevent diabetes and
- decrease risk of stroke and dementia (source)
I came up with this smoothie based on what I had on hand! Enjoy!
First, I gathered my ingredients: green tea, almond milk, frozen banana and frozen blueberries.
Then, I steamed the milk.
After chilling the tea/milk, I poured everything into a blender.
- • 1 cup frozen blueberries
- • 1 small-medium frozen banana
- • 1 1/2 cups almond milk, separated (or milk of choice)
- • 1 bag green tea
- 1. Warm (but don't boil) 1 cup milk on stove top
- 2. Once warmed, steep green tea for 5 minutes in milk.
- 3. Let tea/milk combo cool. (Put in fridge if you want to speed this up!)
- 4. Once cooled, pour tea/milk, 1/2 cup milk, blueberries and banana into blender and puree!
- 5. Enjoy your smoothie!
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