* Matcha Green Tea Drink *

Recipe Link:  http://newhope360.com/recipes/matcha-green-tea-drink
Prep Time:  5 minutes
Serves:  2

For a cleansing alternative to your morning coffee, this ultralight smoothie combines avocado’s healthy monounsaturated fats with green tea’s anti-inflammatory actions.  Add grated ginger to boost digestion and increase circulation.  If you can’t find matcha, grind green tea leaves in a spice mill or coffee grinder.

INGREDIENTS:

2 cups unsweetened almond milk
2 cups baby spinach leaves (loosely packed )
1/2 avocado (cubed)
1-2 teaspoons matcha green tea powder
1/2 cup crushed ice
Raw unfiltered honey, agave, or stevia (to taste)

PREPARATION:

In a blender, combine almond milk, spinach, avocado, and matcha powder.  Purée until smooth.  Add ice and purée again until smooth and creamy.

Sweeten to taste and serve immediately.

Nutritional Info (per serving assuming 1 teaspoon honey):
118 cal, 5g fat (3g mono, 1g poly, 1g sat), 0mg chol, 3g protein, 12g carb, 4g fiber, 194mg sodium

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* Pineapple Smoothie *

Recipe Source:  http://www.vibrantlivingmagazine.com/2012/03/01/pineapple-smoothie
Serves:  4

INGREDIENTS:

1 cup plain low-fat yogurt
1 cup fresh orange juice
1 small, or one-half large pineapple, peeled, quartered, and
chopped in small pieces, with four thin wedges reserved for garnish
8 ice cubes

PREPARATION:

Place ingredients into a blender and process to a smooth consistency. Pour into four chilled classes and serve, garnished with a pineapple slice.

Green Tea, Blueberry, and Banana Smoothie

Recipe Source:  Prevention Magazine
Recipe Link: http://recipes.prevention.com/Recipe/green-tea-blueberry-and-banana-smoothie.aspx
Prep Time:  5 minutes
Servings: 1

INGREDIENTS
3 tablespoons water
1 green tea bag
2 teaspoons
honey
1 1/2 cups frozen blueberries
1/2 medium banana
calcium fortified light vanilla soy milk

PREPARATION
In small glass measuring cup or bowl, microwave water on high until steaming hot.  Add tea bag and allow to brew 3 minutes.  Remove tea bag.  Stir honey into tea until it dissolves.

In blender with ice crushing ability, combine berries, banana, and milk.

Add tea to blender.  Blend ingredients on ice crush or highest setting until smooth (Note:  some blenders may require additional water to process the mixture).  Pour smoothie into tall glass and serve.

Recipe Tips:
If stored for several hours in a Thermos, shake vigorously before pouring. The smoothie will be tasty but thinner than when freshly made.

Nutrition Info:
296 Cal
2.7g fat
0.2g sat fat
52.3mg sodium
63.4g carbs
38.5g total sugars
7.8g dietary fiber
3.7g protein

Orange Dream Creamsicle Smoothie

Recipe Source: Prevention Magazine
Recipe Link: http://recipes.prevention.com/Recipe/orange-smoothie.aspx

A low-calorie, healthy smoothie that tastes just like a creamsicle. A perfect post-workout thirst quencher or mid-afternoon snack.

INGREDIENTS

1 navel orange, peeled
1/4 cup fat-free half-and-half or fat-free yogurt
2 tablespoons frozen orange juice concentrate
1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
4 ice cubes

PREPARATION

In a blender, combine the orange, half-and-half or yogurt, orange juice concentrate, vanilla, and ice cubes.  Process until smooth.

Other Options:
– Omit the orange concentrate and just use orange yogurt and soy milk
– Use fresh oranges and orange juice.  Omit vanilla and use vanilla flavored yogurt or soy yogurt.