Raspberry Green Tea Smoothie


Raspberry Green Tea Smoothie --makes two, tall-glass servings 

2 cups raspberries *
1 cup spinach *
1 cup freshly brewed green tea, cooled (water can substitute the tea)

Blitz all the ingredients in a blender and enjoy!

* I often use frozen fruits and veggies for smoothies. They are usually less expensive than fresh, and generally of good quality. I like to allow the frozen fruits and vegetables to defrost slightly before adding to the blender, mostly as I prefer my smoothie semi-cold.

Truthfully, I'm slow to the smoothies party. I've made them, sure... But with varying degrees of enjoyment. The more berries and/or fruit--me like!  Too much milk or dairy in them, not as much, as I find them too thick and heavy. A little Greek yogurt is OK. I've also been especially slow to finding delight in green smoothies. And as much as I appreciate kale, I prefer it more on my plate, than in a glass. I LOVE green vegetables, but it's taken me time to blitz them in a blender and drink down with gusto. So my Raspberry Green Tea Smoothie has been one way to segue into adding more green to my smoothies. 

Making smoothies can be rather expensive each day, each week, and especially when using fresh fruits and vegetables... though that is a fine way to enjoy seasonal goodness. But I find frozen fruit and veg more cost-effective. I've also been preparing a tall-glass smoothie in the morning, drinking half one day, and then saving the other half for the next day.  A smaller portion, but it's still a one good serving of fruit/veg each day. 

This is a very easy, cost-friendly recipe, and a good one if you are new to making smoothies, or want to try to introduce more greenery to a smoothie. And this is just a tasty way to add a bit more fruits & vegetables into a day/week. Try using different berries and fruits along with spinach to mix up the taste sensations!


Comments

  1. Nice! I think eating fresh foods is better but I am so bad at doing so that smoothies are a good way for me! fun idea to use tea! :)

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    1. Hi, Elizabeth! This is a good way to get your fruits, veggies and tea--all at the same time! ;)

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  2. Hi Tracy, this sounds tasty. I don't make smoothies, but I used to juice, until it became too expensive to buy fruits and vegetables just to throw away most of the goodness. Now, I tend to stick to fresh vegetables, but I do enjoy frozen raspberries, as their quality is far superior to fresh ones. (Note to self: must start growing fruit next year...). Marie x

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    1. Oooo... I can see some raspberry bushes growing at your new place, Marie! ;) I just love raspberries, and they are my fave fruit for smoothies, like this one. Like you, I think juicing is over rated--too expensive, and too much gets thrown away. At least with smoothies, you get more of the whole fruit/veg, and I like that.

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  3. Wow, thank you for this recipe; it looks like a good one. I am not a fan of green smoothies but do like fruits and spinach. I too don't like kale in a drink. You gave me some thoughts on trying to make some again with frozen fruits and veggies. Thanks, sweet friend; hugs for you!

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    1. Hope you'll give it a try, LeAnn! I find doing a 2-1 ratio of fruit-veg for smoothies is more palatable--higher the fruit, with the veg playing a more secondary. It's fun to play around with flavors. Tomorrow I'm going to try a strawberry-blueberry-kale smoothie, and may keep the green tea in for supporting role. ;)

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    2. Looks like fun. In Canada I liked a livid green one which contained alfalfa. It isn't something I've seen in the UK though. The best known supermarket ones are called Innocent Smoothies. We sometimes get them as a treat. Daughter has the smoothie maker at the moment.

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    3. When we've been in the UK, we've seen the Innocent Smoothies at the supermarkets, and they are good! Ooo... alfalfa, that would be good a green to add to the smoothie--thanks for the tip! :)

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  4. Mmmm . . . smoothies. I was making smoothies for Todd when he was going through his radiotherapy. A great way to get nutrients into people who don't really feel much like eating. Almost like a milkshake! Yours looks amazing! xoxo

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    1. Smoothies are an excellent way to get good stuff into a body, that's for sure. And I actually like veggie juice almost more than fruit mixes.

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  5. OK, sounds a tad odd to me but you've never steered me wrong before! And it IS smoothie season!

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    1. I can see where this combo might be a challenge, Jeanie... LOL! ;) The nice think about smoothies is that they are kind of flexibile. The green tea part you could swap out of something else, juice, for instance... With end of berry season coming it, they are a fun way to use up fruit and greens.

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