Green Tea Mango Energy Smoothie

Green Tea Mango Energy Smoothie

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

Serves 2

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.

 

Tea Information References:
http://www.gypsytea.com/
http://www.whfoods.com/

 

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Comments

  1. Very impressive! I will have to try this and report back.
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  2. That’s a great recipe I’d love to try it plus mango is my favourite fruit. One thing is sure my metabolism would be happy if it woke up a little , too many hours sitting in front of my pc does not help it to ” wake up”;)
    Thanks for sharing this refreshing smoothie.
    Warm wishes.

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Patricia, I can relate to spending alot of time in front of the pc. This smoothie will definitely wake up your metabolism and mango is one of my favorites too. Enjoy!

  3. Awesome way to get some green tea into my system! I am one of those unpopular persons that absolutely cannot ever like the taste of Green Tea. I tried so many ways to get it into my body for the health benefits. NOW, with this recipe (which I bookmarked under my recipes) I can taste the mango instead of the tea! You may not know it, but you have just helped my health!
    I thank you my friend,
    Donna
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Donna, I’m happy to hear that you will be trying this smoothie even though you don’t like the taste of green tea. I love knowing that I’m helping your health, thats why I started my company and blog. Thanks for sharing!

  4. I am a huge fan of green tea. I am definitely making this as it sounds and looks delicious! I rarely get a chance to make anything with mango in it… so now I have an excuse. 😀
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Nile! Green tea is a favorite of mine too and I’m always looking for ways to add it into my recipes both for the flavor and the health benefits.

  5. I drink lots of tea and I LOVE mango. Making a smoothie sounds perfect for these days that are getting warmer where I live. I am looking through many of your other recipes here on your site and they all look so delicious and sound so easy to make. This is a very nice site and I thank you very much for providing us all with these great ideas of good food to eat and enjoy.
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Bea, You sound like me, I love to drink tea everyday and mango is one of my favorite fruits. Thank you for the kind words about my recipes it brings joy to my heart! I hope you enjoy making them.

  6. I always drink green tea! every morning but glad to see this! this will add color to my usual a little boring morning drink! I will try this now!
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Hi Crescele, I’m happy to hear that! Green smoothies are a really delicious way to enjoy fruits and vegetables and the green tea adds so many great health benefits and is fantastic in smoothies.

  7. mangoes are good o diabetic patients?

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      John, If you are asking if mangoes are good for diabetics I would recommend that you consult with your Doctor about eating them since I don’t know the severity of your condition. If you have certain fruits that you currently eat and have no problems with like berries then you can substitute them into this smoothie. I do know that mangoes are a good source of healing nutrients and fiber and that 1/2 cup has 15 grams of carbohydrates. The mayo clinic feels that it is fine for diabetics to eat mango in moderation. You can go to this link for more info: http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/diabetes/AN01691. I hope this helps you.

  8. Now that packs a nutritious punch! We’re so glad you linked up this week at Allergy-Free Wednesdays! As always, we hope to see you back again next week.

    ~Michelle, AFW Hostess

    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Michelle, Thanks for hosting Allergy-Free Wednesdays! It’s a great showcase for wonderful recipes from a variety of bloggers and it’s a great resource for so many people who have allergies. I will stop by soon with more recipes.

  9. Thanks for sharing. I never tried green tea. Gonna try your special Green Tea Mango Energy Smoothie.
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  10. Hello Shelley

    Research shows that green tea catechins help prevent cardiovascular problems. I have been drinking it to prevent cardiovascular problems Discovering your Green Tea Mango Energy Smoothie gives me another way to use green tea. Adding the Mango’s high level of soluble dietary fiber, Pectin and Vitamin C present helps to lower serum cholesterol levels specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) Cholesterol. Your smoothie is better than taking the dangerous statin drugs. “Let food be your medicine and medicine be your food.” These were the words of Hippocrates in 400 BC which are being realized in your recipe.

    Thanks

    Perry A Davis Jr
    Music City
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Perry, You are right about all the fantastic health benefits of green tea and mango. I truly believe like Hippocrates that food shoud be your medicine and medicine be your food. I hope you enjoy the smoothie and reap all the health benefits.

  11. Great recipe! I never knew how they make green tea or so much about it. I didn’t know it had only half the caffeine of regular tea!

    Thanks for all your great recipes!

    ~ Jupiter Jim
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    • Shelley Alexander says:

      Thanks Jim! Green tea has so many fantastic health benefits and I love the taste. Enjoy the recipe. 🙂

  12. Greetings Shelley! Very useful advice within this article!
    It’s the little changes that produce the most important changes.
    Thanks for sharing!
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  13. Thanks Shelley, I love the recipes on this site, I find myself bookmarking loads to make at the weekend, I need to buy a lot of ingredients for all of them…need to get Mango’s now 🙂
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