I felt like such a bum today and I knew I had to do something about those blueberries that were sitting in my fridge. It was a huge box and I didn’t want to make jam again so I already made some recently. I couldn’t stand baking them into anything as I wanted to preserve their fresh taste and not bake ’em up with sugar. I finally came across something that I felt like making and was really simple. It’s a simple smoothie but used green tea as the liquid. I love green tea so I decided to give it a try. The original recipe calls for 6 bags of green tea in 1 1/2 cups of water but I use loose leaves for my green tea that I usually get imported. Also, it says to use frozen fruit but I had fresh on hand.
Blueberry Green Tea Smoothie (from here)
2 cups blueberries
3 tbs honey (I eyeballed it, sweeten to your taste)
1 1/2 cups green tea (using 2 tsp of loose leaves)
In a blender, whirl all ingredients until it’s a smooth consistency. Garnish with fresh blueberries or some mint. Serve chilled.
Makes about 3 glasses (1 cup servings)
I really liked this because it was easy and I didn’t have to pay $4 for it. I think I’ll try making different variations of this smoothie and take it with me when I go out as a light drink/snack.
Lately there’s been a lot of rap on green tea as being really healthy. The Chinese have been using it for medicinal uses in ancient times. They used it to help cure different diseases such as multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s, cancer, arthritis, and cardiovascular diseases. It has also been said that it increases metabolism and fat oxidation due to it’s high oxidation content. It is also processed very little, only withered and steamed, unlike other teas that might be fermented.
With the influence of Western Medicine, we’ve lost the common knowledge of ancient times where people weren’t chronically sick and used simple treatments to cure their ailments. It’s nice to see some Eastern medicine creeping in.