Green “Tea-quila” Sunrise Recipe

No tequila in this recipe! Green “Tea-quila” Sunrise is supposed to be a mock-tail, but I think it is a great everyday beverage. It’s hints of citrus flavor really jazz up the flavor of green tea. So it tastes great, and you get the antioxidants from the green tea and vitamin C from the citrus. Try this refreshing drink as a breakfast drink that has less calories than a glass of juice, or mix up a pitcher for an alcohol-free beverage for your next get-together.

Green “Tea-quila” Sunrise

Prep Time: 8 minutes

Serving Size: 4

Green “Tea-quila” Sunrise

Ingredients

  • 3 bags green tea
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 2 tablespoons raw honey (can substitute sugar)
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 navel orange

Instructions

  1. Brew the 3 tea bags in the 3 cups of hot water for 3 minutes. Remove tea bags and stir in honey and lemon juice.
  2. Cut orange in half. Juice one half of the orange into the tea.
  3. Slice the other half of the orange and add slices to the tea.
  4. Pour into pitcher and chill in fridge overnight.
  5. To serve, pour into tall glasses filled with ice.
  6. If you do not drink all the tea that day, remove orange slices as after 24 hours they will make the tea taste too strong.
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Green Tea Blueberry Smoothie

Green Tea Blueberry Smoothie

“Antioxidants in a glass” would be another great name for this quick and healthy green tea blueberry smoothie recipe. I really like it because it isn’t a thick smoothie, but my husband really doesn’t like it for the same reason. Mind you, he likes the taste, just not the fact that it isn’t thick. I think the fact that it isn’t so thick makes it more refreshing. You’ll have to try it and tell me what you think.

Green Tea Blueberry Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 C frozen blueberries
  • 1/2 C greek yogurt
  • 1 C iced green tea

Instructions

  1. Add ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
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Cheers!
And if you enjoy a good smoothie in the morning or as an afternoon snack, check out Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothies!

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Chai Tea Smoothie Recipe

Chai Tea Smoothie

Last month I shared some of the infused water recipes that we enjoy in our family. This month, I’d like to share with you our favorite smoothie recipes like:

Green Tea Blueberry Smoothie

Basil Orange Smoothie

Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Smoothie

If you’ve read this site for any amount of time, you know I have a thing for tea. In fact, I have so much tea in my house, I could put those extreme couponing stockpiles to shame. Ok. So maybe it’s not that bad. But it is bad enough that I store my tea in 3 different locations in my house – so my husband doesn’t know exactly how many boxes I have. :) Which is kinda ridiculous – I mean its not vodka – it’s just tea! However, I keep saying I’ll stop stocking up. Then another .50/box coupon deal comes along, and in come 4 more boxes!

This recipe takes chai tea to a whole new level! And making a smoothie with tea means less calories than other smoothies.

Chai Tea Smoothie Recipe

Total Time: 5 minutes

Serving Size: 1 serving

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brewed chai tea, cooled
  • 1/2 cup milk (can be any kind - cow's milk, almond milk, soymilk, coconut milk....)
  • 1/2 cup greek yogurt
  • 1 ripe banana

Instructions

  1. Combine chai tea, milk (my personal favorite is vanilla soymilk), greek yogurt and banana in a blender.
  2. Blend until smooth.
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As always, if you try this, let me know what you think!

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Spiced Green Tea

Now that summer is here, I’ve switched from my daily cup of herbal tea to iced tea. I drink green tea because of its health benefits. But I do not enjoy the taste of plain green iced tea. Bleech.

Instead, I drink Spiced Green Tea. The flavor combination is really unusual, but trust me {you do trust me, don’t you?} The taste is extraordinary!

Spiced Green Tea

SPICED GREEN TEA

4 cups brewed green tea

4 star anise

1 T pink peppercorns

1 t cloves

Strip of lemon zest

1/2 C agave nectar

2 C water

1. Brew your 4 cups of tea then chill.

2. In a small saucepan over medium heat, warm the star anise and pink peppercorns until they become aromatic.

3. Add the water and agave and cloves and bring to a simmer. Simmer for 5 minutes. Add the strip of lemon zest. Let simmer an additional 5 minutes.

4. Pour the tea into a large pitcher. Place a strainer over the pitcher and pour the star anise syrup in. Don’t discard the spices. Divide them in an ice cube tray, cover with water {or more green tea} and freeze to make pretty ice cubes! Stir your tea. Chill. Enjoy!

Are you an iced tea drinker? What kind of tea do you brew?

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Menu Plan Monday

We’re still kitchenless (and probably will be until December – ugh)! Thank goodness for the beautiful weather and the charcoal grill! I love sitting and visiting with my husband as he grills ~ and I have a new drink to sip while he does so. You really must try this. So simple. So decadent!:

*Muddle a small handful of mint leaves and chopped watermelon in the bottom of a glass.

*Top with lemonade.

*Yum!

While I’m sipping, this is what is cooking:

Monday: Grilled pork chops with cheesy noodles and green salad

Tuesday: Layered Greek salad with grilled pita bread, grilled peaches topped with vanilla ice cream for dessert

Wednesday: Pork Sate with rice and melon salad with minted vinegrette

Thursday: Cold chicken salad, buttery rolls, apple slices

Friday: Grilled pita pizza

I can’t wait to see what you’re having this week! Let me know if you make a Watermelon Mint Lemonade!

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