Recipes with tea as the star ingredient are super trendy right now. Impress your guests this summer, or just treat yourself to one of these tea-licious recipes – a healthy habit you can feel good about. By Nutritionist and GoodnessMe Box Health Editor Melissa Fine.
Green Tea Fruit Smoothie
The perfect light, summer smoothie, this is rich in antioxidants too, largely thanks to the green tea and berries. Zesty green tea adds a nice depth of flavour, making this not-just-your-average fruit smoothie. It’s rich in ‘theanine’ too, a compound which can help you feel calm and focused… Drink up!
- 1 green teabag
- 1/2 very ripe banana, frozen – peel and cut into chunks prior to freezing
- ¼ cup frozen berries
- juice of ½ an orange
- 1 tsp chia seeds (this will make it nice and thick)
- 1 tsp honey
- handful ice cubes
- Steep the green teabag in a mug of boiled water for 3-5 minutes, depending on how strong you like it. Refrigerate for half an hour, or until cool.
- Add the cold brewed green tea, along with the banana, berries, orange juice, honey and ice cubes to a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Pour into a tall glass, wine glass or jar if you’re on the go and enjoy
D.I.Y SPICED Latte
If you’re trying to cut down on the coffee, a chai tea-infused ‘latte’ is a great ritual to start your morning - You’ll still get some caffeine from the black tea, but in a gentler dose than a cappuccino.
This is also much easier on your stomach and nervous system than a coffee, and fragrant spices like ginger and cinnamon give this a nice kick. No sugary powders here either - a loose-leaf chai blend is the secret ingredient…Thanks Life of Cha for the recipe!
See the original recipe here
- 1 tsp Life of Cha SPICED tea
- ½ cup boiling water
- ½ cup milk
- 1 tsp honey (optional)
- Place the SPICED tea in a strainer
- Pour boiling water over the tea and steep for 2-3min
- Add warm milk or frothy milk. For some natural sweetness, add a little honey.
‘Harry Potter’ Crystal Tea
You heard me – this vibrant blue Crystal tea from Life of Cha turns purple when you add a squeeze of lemon! The colour here is thanks to ‘butterfly pea’; a South East Asian herb, its violet flower has a long history of being used as a natural food colouring,
Apart from looking magical, this tea tastes pretty magical too, thanks to the citrus-y lemongrass and sweet leaves of the tropical Asian pandan plant. Lemongrass is also a nice digestive with antispasmodic properties, helping to alleviate stomach cramps.
Simply add 1 tsp of Life of Cha Crystal tea to 1 Cup of boiled water at 100°C. Brew for 3-5 minutes, add a squeeze of lemon and watch the magic happen. Can be served hot or chilled. No caffeine in here so enjoy anytime.
Life of Cha is an Australian-based company offering premium grade teas to enhance your health and positivity - the natural way! Our products are 100% premium and natural using only high grade loose leaf teas. It's not a fad or trend, it's a lifestyle...Welcome to the Life of Cha! For more information head to www.lifeofcha.com.au