Everywhere you look coffee shops, fast food restaurants, and mom-and-pop shops are offering an ever-growing array of coffee and tea based beverages. These are often offered both hot or cold and are designed to appeal to taste buds a plenty. The disadvantage to purchasing from any of these shops is the price, no doubt. After all, these shops are offering what I like to call “over priced coffee beverages”. Though I try to make light of it, I also find that I need to limit the number of purchases I make. So, to make sure I can continue to drink the drinks I enjoy, I have learned to make them at home for next to no cost.
Tea based smoothies are definitely a favorite of mine! Not only does tea have few, if any, calories, I always try to add in fresh fruit to help me reach my nutritional needs. Here are a couple delicious recipes to help you get started…enjoy!
Chai Fruit Smoothie
- 1 peach, diced
- 1 apple, diced
- 1 cup frozen, red seedless grapes
- 1 cup frozen blueberries
- 1 ½ cup frozen strawberries
- 2 chai green tea bags
- Brew Chai Green tea in 1 cup boiling water, steep for 3-5 minutes. Remove tea bags and place all the fruit in the blender and pour in the hot tea. Blend until smooth. The tea gives a great spice taste to the fruit smoothie.
Licorice Spice Smoothie
For each 16 oz. glass:
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream (frozen yogurt, sherbet, or sorbet may be substituted)
- contents of 2-3 Licorice Spice tea bags
- 1/4 tsp. cinnamon (optional)
- In a blender, mix ingredients until fully blended.
- To Serve: Garnish with whipped cream
Substitutions: You can substitute low fat or fat free yogurt, sherbet or sorbet for the ice cream. Substitute cup per cup.
Wild Raspberry Dreams
For each 16 oz glass:
- 2 cups vanilla ice cream
- contents of 2 Wild Raspberry tea bags
- 1/4 tsp. raspberry syrup (optional)
Directions: In a blender, mix ingredients until fully blended.
- You can substitute low fat or fat free yogurt for the ice cream. Substitute cup per cup.
- You can add ½ cup frozen or fresh raspberries instead of the raspberry syrup.
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