Meatless Monday: Tapping the Power of Green Tea: Banana Pina Colada Green Tea Green Smoothie

by deborah on June 16, 2014 · 13 comments

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Meatless Monday: Tapping the Power of Green Tea: Banana Pina Colada Green Tea Green Smoothie

Have you had your green tea today?

If you’re an advocate of healthy eating then you’ve probably heard about the benefits

of green tea.

It’s been associated with:

*cancer prevention

*lower heart disease risk

*reduced blood pressure

*diabetes prevention

*protection from mental diseases

*protection from allergies

*weight loss…

just to name a few.

The most popular benefit of drinking green tea is that it’s loaded with antioxidants.

Antoxidants are powerful compounds that help protect your body’s cells from nasty

substances called free radicals (dangerous by-products that get released into your body’s

cells during oxygen based reactions and have been linked with premature ageing and a

range of chronic diseases).

When it comes to antioxidant content, green tea is one of the richest food sources available.

It contains high levels of over 10 different antioxidants including the polyphenols

epigallocatechin gallate, epicatechin gallate and gallocatechol, the vitamins A, C and E and

the minerals selenium and zinc.

Tapping the Power of Green Tea

Meatless Monday: Tapping the Power of Green Tea: Banana Pina Colada Green Tea Green Smoothie

Don’t get me wrong, though, green tea is not a magic bullet and cannot compensate for an

unhealthy lifestyle.

If you eat junk food, lead a sedentary lifestyle, smoke or drink heavily, green tea won’t be

able to reverse the damage that these things cause.

The good news is that if you eat right, exercise regularly and drink green tea, it can help to

boost your health and you’ll be able to enjoy it’s benefits.

We all lead busy lives so sometimes fitting green tea into your day can be tough.

If you’re struggling to get more green tea into your day, simply substitute green tea for

the water, juice, nut milk or other liquid base in your smoothies.

Try this healthy and delicious smoothie to get more green tea–and other healthy

fruits, vegetables and super foods–into your diet.

Banana Colada Green Tea Green Smoothie 

Meatless Monday: Tapping the Power of Green Tea: Banana Pina Colada Green Tea Green Smoothie

Ingredients:

2 cups Organic Green Tea – brewed with filtered water and allowed to cooled

2 Organic Bananas – peeled

1 cup Organic Pineapple

1/2 cup Organic Dried Unsweetened Coconut

3 Organic Dried Dates – soaked

2 tablespoons Hemp seed powder

2 tablespoons Chia seeds

2 tablespoons Flax seeds

1 teaspoon Moringa leaf powder

1 cup Organic Spinach

1 cup Organic Kale

 

Directions:

Wash and cut and prepare your fruits and vegetables.

Add the ingredients above  to your VitaMix or other high speed blender in the

order listed.

Blend until smooth.

Taste and add more liquid if too thick.

Drink immediately for maximum nutrition.

Sometimes I love to sip my smoothies from a wine glass for the fun of it.

(You can refrigerate extra smoothie in a sealed mason jar to drink later.)

Enjoy!

Do you drink green tea?

Have you ever added it to your smoothies and shakes?

Share your thoughts and experiences with us.

 

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