Ready to whip up something absolutely fun, fabulous, healthy, and simple in a few easy steps?
You've landed on the right page with our trio of green tea smoothie recipes. Not only does green tea in smoothies make a refreshing treat, but there's a health benefit as well, and when incorporated into a refreshing smoothie, it makes for a great energy boost and healthy afternoon snack!
How to Incorporate Green Tea in Smoothies
Incorporating green tea into your smoothie recipe requires just a few ingredients beyond what you would usually need for making a traditional smoothie. Just like when you're steeping a cup to enjoy hot, you'll need to same items; your favorite Plum Deluxe tea, some hot water, and your tea leaf strainer.
The key is to make your tea ahead and chill it in the refrigerator, so it's nice and cold when you're ready to whip up that antioxidant-filled sweet treat! Some of my favorite green teas for adding to a smoothie are Pineapple Oops green tea, Tropical Vacation green tea, Tender Loving Care herbal tea, Mango Apricot green tea, and our Easy to Be green tea. Think fruity fun!
Another fun tip and trick is to take your steeped tea and pour it into ice cube trays to freeze. This way, if you're using fresh fruit to make your smoothie recipe, you have green tea ice cubes to use! It'll give it that chill factor when you throw it in your blender, as well as the oh-so-satisfying taste.
If you're wondering if the addition of green tea to your smoothie with loosening things up is too much, I promise it won't! This can be balanced out depending on how much tea you add and how much fruit and/or veggies, but if you're looking for another option, there are a few that won't add too much sugar and will help thicken things up a bit.
Bananas, although a fruit, are great to help thicken a smoothie, not to mention they're full of potassium. Yogurt is another great option! I prefer to use plain, non-fat Greek yogurt as it cuts down on sugar and is high in protein. It's a triple win!
How to Sweeten Green Tea Smoothies
Looking for a little extra "sweet'" to your green tea smoothie recipe? There is no shortage of options. Often, you'll find the ingredients you're adding may do the trick naturally (especially fruit), but if you're still craving that little something extra, no problem—I've got you covered!
Stevia is a great option as it's derived from the leaves of the Stevia plant and is about one to three times sweeter than sugar. It also has no carbs, no calories, and no artificial sweeteners. It's all-natural, baby!
Honey is another great option and brings to the table a bit of a naturally floral flavor that I adore. Our Orange Blossom Honey Sticks will do the trick! If you've already got some of our Honey Dust on hand, it works phenomenally.
A final option I want to throw at you is maple syrup. Like honey, it has a unique flavor that can really complement and draw out the other flavors of your green tea and smoothie ingredients when paired well. Our Maple Dust is one of my favorite sweeteners here at Plum Deluxe, for its endless uses and its taste. I love to use it in my tea, and especially in my baking endeavors!
Vegan Green Tea Fruit Smoothie
- 6 ounces Easy to Be Green Tea (brewed and cooled)
- 4 ounces milk (*coconut milk or almond milk for milk alternatives)
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1/2 cup raspberries
- 1/4 cherries
- 1/4 blackberries
It's as simple as throwing all ingredients in your blender and turning it on! If you're using frozen berries you'll likely have a thicker smoothie than if the berries are fresh.
If you're using fresh berries, I'd suggest making your green tea into ice cubes first.
Tea-LC Herbal Tea Smoothie
- 6 ounces Tender Loving Care Herbal Tea (brewed and cooled)
- 4 ounces white grape juice (*orange juice or pineapple juice)
- 1/2 cup pineapple
- 1/2 cup peaches
- 1/2 cup mango
- Splash of lemon juice or 1/2 of a freshly squeezed lemon
Simple combine your tea, juice, fruit, and lemon juice to create a phenomenal breakfast, or any time of day, smoothie! As always, if you're looking to sweeten the pot (or smoothie in this case), feel free to add in some of the above-mentioned options!
Green Tea Smoothie with Greek Yogurt
- 7 ounces of Mango Apricot Green Tea (brewed and cooled)
- 4 ounces plain nonfat Greek yogurt
- 3/4 cup mango
- 1/2 pineapple
- 1/4 sweet potato
I really love the Mango Apricot green tea iced, so it's not hard for me to remember to make this one ahead. If you do forget, just throw your hot cuppa in the freezer for a bit and it'll chill down quickly. Then you'll be well on your way to whipping up this tea-tastic smoothie recipe!