My green tea mango energy smoothie is a great way to start your day off with lots of energy. I love drinking green smoothies for breakfast because they provide high quality nutrition in a simple, easy to digest meal. Whenever I have a busy day planned I make this green tea smoothie because I know it will help keep me alert, energized, focused, and satisfied throughout the morning.
Another benefit of enjoying a nutrient-rich healthy breakfast is that it jumpstarts your metabolism for the day along with helping to eliminate cravings and overeating during the rest of the day.
In this smoothie chilled green tea, lush mango, baby spinach, sweet banana, and creamy almond milk come together in a tasty vivid green drink filled with nutrients for healing your body.
Green tea makes a wonderful liquid base for this smoothie because it adds great flavor and a tremendous amount of health benefits. I like to make a big pot of green tea a couple of times a week and drink a few cups hot and then chill the rest to use in my green smoothies.
GREEN TEA BENEFITS
The process for making green tea is really fascinating. Green tea leaves are harvested, steamed, rolled and then fired (dried). The finest teas are fired and shaped by hand very quickly in a hot wok, with only a few hundred grams produced at a time. The firing stops the natural oxidation and enzymatic action that takes place in the freshly harvested tea leaf.
Green tea is high in polyphenols which are phytochemicals that function as antioxidants. Polyphenols are the key to most of the health benefits associated with green tea. The most studied is the flavonoid catechin epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG). One cup of green tea contains 20-35 mg of EGCG.
Catechins play a primary role in the antioxidant effects associated with green tea. The health benefits of green tea have been extensively studied and many studies have shown that green tea offers substantial protection against various cancers, heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis, LDL cholesterol, periodontal disease, osteoporosis, and strokes.
Green tea contains half the caffeine of black tea and it has become one of the fastest growing teas in popularity with hundreds of varieties available. Green tea comes from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant and it makes up around ten percent of the world’s tea.
I like to freeze the banana and mango cubes so that the smoothie is extra cold and really creamy like a milk shake. Feel free to change the fruit and almond milk when you make this smoothie. I love to make it with berries and coconut milk to change the flavor.
If you like superfoods or protein powders feel free to use your favorites in this smoothie. I added spirulina to the smoothie today which really made it a vibrant dark green color. Spirulina is protein-rich and it helps give you more energy, but I also have tried this smoothie with hemp protein powder and chia seeds for a great variation. I hope you enjoy this smoothie recipe and make it often so you can reap all the fantastic health benefits.
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Green Tea Mango Energy Smoothie
Paleo, Vegan, Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free, Sugar-Free
2 cups chilled green tea
1 cup unsweetened almond milk
2 cups cubed mango
1 organic banana
3 cups organic baby spinach
1 pitted Medjool date or ⅛ teaspoon green stevia or1 drop liquid stevia—optional
Your favorite superfood or protein powder—optional ( I used spirulina)
Place all ingredients in a high speed blender and blend until smooth and creamy. Enjoy immediately.
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