Green Tea Ideas

For the past couple of weeks, I’ve been making myself a smoothie almost every day, usually as my mid-morning or mid-afternoon mini-meal.  What I love about smoothies is that there are endless possibilities for various combinations of ingredients, so you can enjoy a different smoothie each day if you like… which is how I like!  Lately I’ve been adding fresh berries I have on hand from the market (between Little H and I, these berries don’t last long in our fridge :)).  Sometimes I add yogurt, soy milk, natural peanut butter or almond butter, banana, protein powder, flaxseed, wheat germ, etc….. you get my drift, there’s a ton of choices.  I’d love to try making smoothies with greens too, but I once made one with kale and I couldn’t even take 2 sips before tossing the rest.  So I’ll stick to the non-veggie ones until I find one I like… any suggestions?

Today’s smoothie was a green tea smoothie I made for the first time.  I really enjoyed the green tea flavor with the smoothness of the yogurt and banana.  Every night before bed, I brew myself a cup of decaf green tea.  There’s something about tea that’s so calming and relaxing, and then there’s all the benefits touted about green tea.  So I figured, why not add some to a smoothie?  Brilliant!  Ha… not really.  As you probably know, green tea smoothies are nothing new, but here’s my take on it 🙂

I know it looks like just a big, cold glass of milk, but don’t be fooled! Next time, I may add some berries, maybe some oats, flaxseed or wheat germ, and a little honey.  Not sure how peanut or almond butter would taste in it… but I love those in or on almost anything, so who knows?!  The goal is to experiment and have a little fun with it.  I just like to make sure I’m getting a mix of protein and carbs in my smoothies.

What delicious and nutritious smoothies do you love to make?

Clean Eating Green Tea Smoothie (makes 1 serving)

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of decaf green tea (or regular if you prefer), cooled in the fridge
  • 1 small banana
  • 1/2 cup Fage 0% fat plain yogurt
  • 1/2 scoop whey protein powder

Directions:

  • Throw it all in a blender, pour into a glass, and enjoy!

Nutritional info, for one serving (calculated using MyPlate)

Calories: 190

Fat: <1g

Carbs: 20

Protein: 26

Fiber: 3g

Sugars: 14g

Sodium: 86g

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