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Recipe: Chamomile, Strawberry & Quinoa Smoothie


photo credit: Apron and Sneakers

Chamomile tea in a smoothie, we LOVE this idea from Apron and Sneakers! Enjoy the calming effects of chamomile with quinoa for added protein and strawberries for a sweet delicious flavor. Great for a relaxing start to the morning or to wind down after a long day.

We recommend using:
Stash Chamomile Herbal Tea
Stash Organic Chamomile Herbal Tea

Chamomile, Strawberry & Quinoa Smoothie
Makes 1 glass

Ingredients:
1/2 cup chamomile tea
1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers (or 1 teabag) + extra flowers for garnishing
1 cup almond milk (or regular milk)
1/4 cup cooked quinoa (You can replace this with old fashioned oats.)
honey (if almond milk is unsweetened)
1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)

Steep chamomile tea in hot water for about 5 minutes. Strain flowers if you don’t want to include them in the smoothie. If you want to include them for a more intense flavor, just leave them. Remove teabag if using one.

Refrigerate until tea cools down.

Put the almond milk, cold chamomile tea (with flowers), cooked quinoa & strawberries in a blender and blend until smooth.

Sweeten with honey if needed.

Garnish with dried chamomile flowers if desired.

Note: If using oats instead of quinoa, grind them to an almost powdery consistency in the blender before adding the other ingredients.


Read our recent feature about chamomile to learn about its history, production and flavor.
More about chamomile >

Recipe: Pomegranate, Blueberry, Matcha Tea Slushy


photo credit: Gourmande in the Kitchen

Here’s a refreshing summer drink from Gourmande in the Kitchen that packs an antioxidant punch! Pomegranate, blueberries and Matcha make quite the nutrient combination and the flavor is just amazing!

We recommend using Stash Tea Japanese Matcha Powdered Green Tea.
Great news…now through June 30, 2012 our Matcha is on SALE for $12 (reg. $18)!

Pomegranate, Blueberry, Matcha Tea Slushy

Ingredients
2 Tablespoons of high quality Matcha green tea powder
1 or 2 Tablespoons of raw honey or the sweetener of your choice (adjust sweetness to taste)
1 cup (140g) frozen blueberries
½ cup (120ml) 100% pomegranate juice (no sugar added)
200 g of ice cubes

Instructions
Briskly whisk the 2 Tablespoons of Matcha powder into ½ cup of hot water. Add sweetener of choice and stir until completely incorporated. Set aside until cool.

Puree the frozen blueberries, pomegranate juice, prepared Matcha tea and ice cubes in a high powered blender until smooth.

Serve immediately.

Notes
This is equally delicious made into Popsicles, just fill a mold with the slushy mixture and freeze.

Preparation time: 10 minutes
Number of servings: 4

Recipe: Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie


photo credit: Healthful Pursuit

This ice cream inspired smoothie recipe from Healthful Pursuits uses Stash Peppermint Herbal Tea to achieve a 100% natural, real mint flavor. Plus, it’s loaded with healthy ingredients for a super nutritious and DELICIOUS way to start the day!

Mint Chocolate Chip Smoothie
Vegan, Gluten free, Dairy free

Yield: 2 cups
Servings: 1

Ingredients
1/2 cup boiling water
1 peppermint tea bag
1/2 cup non dairy milk
2 cups spinach
1 medium frozen banana
2 tbsp hemp hearts
6 ice cubes
3 tbsp non-dairy chocolate chips, divided

Directions
To be prepared at least 30 minutes in advance:
Steep the tea in the 1/2 cup boiling water until ready to use in the smoothie so that it’s really concentrated. Wait until the water has cooled, about 30 minutes or make the tea ahead the night before.

Place all ingredients but chocolate chips in your blender in the order of the ingredients listed.
Blend for 30 seconds or until smooth.
Drop in half of the chocolate chips and pulse quickly.
Pour into a cup and top with leftover chocolate chips.

Recipe: Blueberry and Green Tea Smoothie


photo credit: LifeIsGood on Food.com

This smoothie recipe adapted from Prevention magazine is a great healthy alternative for breakfast or anytime of day when you want to get in some extra green tea!

We recommend using Stash Premium Green Tea or Stash Premium Green Decaf.

Ingredients
3/4 cup water
2 green tea bags (brew tea the night before and chill to save time in the morning)
2 cups blueberries, fresh or frozen
3 ice cubes
12 ounces non-fat vanilla yogurt
2 tablespoons almonds, whole dry-roasted, unsalted (about 20)
2 tablespoons flax seeds, ground

Directions
Heat water to 170-190 degrees Fahrenheit and pour over tea bags. Steep 3 minutes.
Remove tea bags and discard.
Place tea, blueberries, ice, yogurt, almonds, and flaxseed in blender.
Process until smooth.

Makes 2 servings. Drink one smoothie today and refrigerate the other serving for tomorrow.