I woke up today feeling a bit stuffy and my throat was scratchy. I’m not sick; but I’m not feeling quite right, either. So I made my favorite pick-me-up smoothie for breakfast. This smoothie is loaded with superfood goodness like antioxidants and Vitamin C. It also provides a healthy dose of Vitamin B-12 from the spirulina, especially important to the vegan diet.
I’ve been on a green tea kick lately. Aside from having a hot cuppa in the afternoon, I have found that it is good in other ways, too. Cooked rice, sorbet, and now: smoothies. The girl likes to drink green tea over ice, too, so I keep a brewed pitcher of it in the refrigerator for our daily “green”.
It’s easy to have a freezer full of berries when you live in the Skagit Valley. The berry stand is the iconic symbol of summer in these parts and berry stands are conveniently located along the main thoroughfares throughout the valley. Every year, I get a “wee” bit carried away and I buy many (MANY) flats of assorted berries–strawberry, blueberry and raspberry–and freeze them for jam, yogurt, desserts and smoothies. It always cracks me up to see the flats of blackberries available for sale, too. Around here, blackberry plants are invasive and they grow everywhere. I don’t mind them, though; I simply don the long sleeves and harvest blackberries myself from the perimeter of our yard (and I will miss that luxury when we move out of the area!).
I love the deep purple color of this smoothie from the dark berries and the green spirulina. Don’t let the “briny” odor of the spirulina put you off; you will never taste it with the sweet fruits and the touch of agave nectar. The smoothie is wonderfully sweet and satisfying and, bonus, you can knock out a few servings of fruit and almost half your dietary fiber requirement by 10:00 a.m.!
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Berry Green Tea Smoothie
1/2 cup brewed green tea, room temperature (preferable chilled)
1/2 cup of plain yogurt or soy milk (I use homemade yogurt)
1 ripe banana
1 Tablespoon chia seeds (or 2 Tablespoons flaxseed meal)
2 to 4 Tablespoons hemp protein powder
1 Tablespoon spirulina powder
1/2 cup frozen blueberries
1/2 cup frozen cranberries
1/2 cup frozen blackberries
6 whole frozen strawberries
1/2 to 1 Tablespoon organic agave nectar
Place all ingredients in the blender in the order listed.
Blend until smooth and serve immediately.