Happy new year, friends! I hope you had a festive and restful holiday season with your loved ones. I’m starting the year of with a tasty, nutrient-packed green smoothie for you because, if you browse around the blog, you’ll probably notice I have a sweet tooth. And that is the biggest understatement of the year so far! Anyway, most of what I posted here last year represented me indulging my love for sweets and not the kind of food I actually eat all the time.
This green smoothie, on the other hand, is the kind of thing I make every day because it gives me a serving of greens and it’s so easy to drink on the go or while multitasking. So many of us endeavor to eat well early on in the year, but the motivation fades as we run short on time or grow bored with salads. Green smoothies are my favorite way to mix things up in the veggie department and they’re also a real time saver. I make them ahead of time and grab one as I head out the door. It’s a habit that’s actually easy and enjoyable to keep up all year!I always use frozen fruit or ice cubes in my smoothies, but never just plain cubes! Why water a smoothie down when you can add more flavor, right? This time I used Stash Tea’s Organic Moringa Mint, brewed extra strong then frozen. I’ve always been a big fan of peppermint tea but moringa is new to me. It’s long been used in herbal medicine and for good reason—it’s high in vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, and there’s evidence that it offers numerous other health benefits. It’s herbaceous, earthy flavor is reason enough for me to want to drink it though and it’s perfectly toasted in this tea.
I added fresh peppermint leaves to bring out the mint in the tea and a good handful of spinach for extra green. A scoop of Greek yogurt adds calcium and protein, and I also used a tiny bit of maple syrup for sweetness. The tea flavor was nice and strong, but if you want more subtle tea flavor in the smoothie, just steep it regular strength for your ice cubes.
Moringa Mint Tea Smoothie
- Stash Tea Organic Moringa Mint ice cubes
- 1 ripe banana
- 10 fresh mint leaves
- 1 cup spinach tightly packed
- 1/4 cup almond milk
- 3/4 cup unsweetened Greek yogurt
- 1-2 Tbsp maple syrup to taste
To make the tea ice cubes, steep two bags of Stash Tea Organic Moringa Mint tea in 10 oz. hot water for three minutes. Allow the tea to cool then pour into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid.
Add all ingredients to a high speed blender and process until smooth.