Green Tea Smoothie Recipes

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Green tea smoothie recipes combine the deliciousness of a smoothie drink with the health benefits of green tea. Originating from China, green tea has been the subject of recent clinical studies investigating its purported ability to reduce the risk of heart disease and types of cancer. Results concluded that due to the presence of flavonoids, part of the phytochemical group that plants produce, green tea is, in fact, beneficial to healthy heart functioning and preventing some cancers.

As an anti-oxidative and anti-carcinogenic substance, flavonoids are also found in fruits, vegetable juices and grape wine. In addition, green tea smoothie recipes facilitate weight loss because it contains polyphenols and caffeine, which stimulates thermogenesis and fat oxidation in the body. This thermogenesis process boosts metabolic rates by as much as 5% without causing undue stress on heart rate.

Japanese Green Tea
Japan has more types of green tea than the U.S., with quality of the tea depending on the processing procedure used on the plant. Shizuoka Prefecture produces the most green tea in Japan, with over 40% of regular and specialty green teas harvested from this area each year. Sri Lanka also hosts a successful tea industry, growing green, black and white tea that sells well on the international market. Ceylon green tea, however, tastes different from Japanese green tea, offering a richer, nuttier taste and sweetish pungency.

Depending on what taste you prefer, you can use any of these green teas in green tea smoothie recipes.

Green Tea Smoothies
Green Tea and Almond Smoothie
1/4 cup of sliced almonds
4 Tablespoons of agave nectar or honey
One 8-ounce cup of green tea
1/2 cup of plain or vanilla yogurt
1 banana
2 Tablespoons wheat germ
Add ingredients to blender and blend until smooth.

 

Green Tea and Banana Split Smoothie
8 oz. plain or vanilla yogurt
1 banana broke in pieces
5-8 frozen strawberries
1/2 to 1 cup of brewed green tea
Add yogurt, banana, strawberries and tea to a blender and blend until smooth.

 

Green Tea and Fruity Frozen Yogurt Smoothie
One cup of frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries or whatever fruit you wish)
1 peeled and sliced banana
1/2 cup of vanilla or plain yogurt
1/3 cup of wheat germ, optional
One cup brewed green tea
1 tablespoon honey or orange juice
Add berries, banana, yogurt, wheat germ, tea and honey to blender and blend until smooth.

 

Energizing Green Tea Smoothie
This is one of many green tea smoothie recipes that contains energy-laden nutrients as well as antioxidant.
1/2 cup spinach
1 medium apple, diced
One banana, broke in pieces
Pinch of nutmeg
1 cup green tea
Add all of the ingredients except nutmeg into a blender. Mix until smooth, then add the nutmeg and blend for another minute.

Smoothies provide a quick and healthy alternative to prepared meals if time does not permit making such a meal. In addition, green tea smoothie recipes allow your body to absorb vitamins and minerals faster, as the caffeine in the tea and the crushing of the fruits or vegetables further breaks down fiber, which is harder to digest than other foods. You will feel the benefits of these foods quicker when using them as ingredients in a smoothie.

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