This morning, I could decide whether I wanted a smoothie or a tea with my breakfast. I was up early, so a tea would be great. However, it’s fairly warm, so I wasn’t anxious to have a hot drink. Instead, I decided to make a combination of the two, a smoothie that uses tea as a base. This smoothie takes a bit of planning, because you need to steep the tea and then chill it before blending. If you decide you can’t wait for the tea to cool, it melts the ice cubes and the smoothie is thin, but cold and refreshing.
Do you add cold tea to your smoothies? What flavours of tea do you add?
Mango and Banana Chai Tea Smoothie
- 1 1/2 cups Chai Tea (steeped and chilled) – approximate cost $0.10
- 1 banana, sliced in half – approximate cost $0.60
- 1/2 cup frozen mango pieces – approximate cost $0.75
- 1/2 cup coconut milk – approximate cost $0.50
- 12 ice cubes
- Blend the tea, ice, coconut milk and fruit.
- Serve in two tall glasses.
Makes 2 servings (approximate cost: $0.98 per serving).
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Posted by Amber on August 22, 2012
I’ve had a smoothie almost every day this summer. They’re really a great breakfast. Filling and nutritious, yet easy to prepare (and to take on the road if you’re in a hurry). I try to keep things interesting by combining different ingredients. I usually start with a liquid, such as water, chilled tea, almond milk, coconut milk, or rice milk. Add whatever fruit I have on hand. Greens of some sort, such as spinach, kale, or cucumbers, Sweeteners such as maple syrup or honey if the flavours are tart. Maybe a spoon of cacao, maca powder, or chia seeds to make it extra healthy.
What is maca powder, you ask? Maca is “a highly nutrient-dense whole food, as it is packed with vitamins, plant sterols, many essential minerals, amino acids and healthy fats. This is a particularly powerful and balanced food for athletes and those who are looking to combat stress or increase stamina” (Navita Naturals). I learned about Maca at the Raw Food Workshop last year. Chef Shaidle told us of the many benefits of eating maca. The first few times I included it in a smoothie, I hated the taste. So I put less in, hoping that the other flavours would overpower it. Though, I’ve found that I’ve come to enjoy it (still in moderate amounts).
Maca powder gives smoothies a strong flavour. If you dislike or don’t have maca powder, you can easily leave it out. If it’s your first time using maca powder, use about half of what this recipe calls for.
If you eat maca, how do you add maca powder to your food? I’d like to know how I can use this other than in smoothies!
Watermelon, Cucumber and Mint Smoothie
- 2 cups watermelon, cut into 1 inch pieces – approximate cost $1.50
- 1/2 English cucumber, cut into 1 inch pieces – approximate cost $0.75
- 1 heaping teaspoon maca powder – approximate cost $0.70
- 1 tablespoon honey – approximate cost $0.50
- Handful of mint leave, reserve 4 pieces for garnish – approximate cost $0.75
- 1/4 cup cold water
- 6 ice cubes
- Place the watermelon, cucumber, maca, honey, mint leaves, and water in a blender.
- Blend until ingredients are well-combined
- Add ice cubes.
- Blend until ice cubes are crushed and mixed well into smoothie.
- Pour into two serving glasses.
- Gently rub the mint leave to release flavour.
- Garnish with reserved mint leaves.
- Serve and enjoy!
Makes 2 servings (approximate cost: $2.10 per serving).
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Posted by Amber on August 15, 2012
I’m sick. (What a way to start the month…) Today’s breakfast photo is of a very healthy smoothie, full of vitamin C, that will hopefully contribute to a speedy recovery. I need to be better by Sunday, when I will be participating in the Power of Movement, Canada’s largest yoga fundraiser that donates to arthritis and autoimmune research. I’m part of the Fearless Heart Yoga team, check out our team’s page for more details.
I realize that sharing the recipe for my breakfast is not part of the challenge, but this smoothie is fantastic, so I must share!
- 1 cup pineapple juice – approximate cost $0.75
- 1 cup baby spinach – approximate cost $0.40
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds – approximate cost $0.25
- 1 1/2 cups coconut water – approximate cost $0.75
- 1 orange, peeled and sliced – approximate cost $1.00
- 1/2 cup banana slices (or 1 ripe banana) – approximate cost $0.50
- 1 granny smith apple, cored and sliced – approximate cost $1.00
- Place pineapple juice and chia seeds in the blender. Allow the seeds to soak in the juice for about 10 minutes.
- Add remaining ingredients (baby spinach, coconut water, orange, banana slices, and granny smith apple) to the blender.
- Blend until smooth.
- Pour into two tall glasses and enjoy!
Makes about 2 servings (approximate cost: $2.33 per serving).
Posted by Amber on March 1, 2012
I’m really enjoying green smoothies. I tried my first green smoothie the other weekend after yoga. The rationale was that, of I try it out at a restaurant first and don’t like it, I haven’t bought all of the supplies to make green smoothies at home. And, if I did like it, I would have an idea of what ingredients I like in a green smoothie.
I tried the Green Monkey (banana,strawberry, and spinach) smoothie from Seven Shores Cafe. So very very yummy. I’ve tried recreating the smoothie at home a few times now. My smoothies aren’t as good. I’m probably missing some super important ingredient. But they’re still tasty and healthy.
Strawberry Banana Green Smoothie
- 1 cup almond milk – approximate cost $0.50
- 1 cup frozen strawberry slices – approximate cost $1.25
- 1 ripe banana, peeled and sliced – approximate cost $0.50
- 2 handfuls of baby spinach – approximate cost $0.75
- Combine almond milk, spinach, banana, and strawberry slices in a blender.
- Blend until all ingredients are well-combined.
- Pour into glasses and enjoy!
Makes about 2 servings (approximate cost: $1.50 per serving).
Posted by Amber on February 27, 2012
Lately, smoothies have been my breakfast of choice. They take very little time to make. They’re super healthy. The mess is quick to clean up. And, if I’m running late, it’s easy to take to class.
I’ve been experimenting with a variety of ingredients: frozen fruits (strawberries, mangoes, raspberries, peaches, bananas, etc.), nuts (cashews, pecans, almonds), and liquids (coconut water, almond milk, chlorophyll).
I’ve also been trying out smoothies with greens. This morning I had a smoothie with spinach. It took a while to get used to the idea of blending vegetables with the fruit. Bryan told me I was weird for blending spinach and strawberries. That’s ok, more delicious smoothie for me!
This particular smoothie turned out really well. It may not look particularly pretty, but I assure you it was tasty.
Strawberry and Cashew Smoothie
- 1 ½ cups frozen strawberry slices – approximate cost $1.50
- ¼ cup raw cashews – approximate cost $0.50
- 1 teaspoon of chlorophyll – approximate cost $0.10
- 1 ½ cups almond milk – approximate cost $1.00
- Blend strawberry slices, cashews, chlorophyll and almond milk until smooth.
- Serve immediately and enjoy!
Makes 2 servings (approximate cost: $1.55 per serving).
Posted by Amber on February 20, 2012