Green Tea Smoothie

Green Tea SmoothieTake your green smoothies to the next level by using green tea as the base. Unless you brew a super strong batch of green tea, you won’t notice the taste in your smoothie, but will reap all the wonderful health benefits green tea has to offer.

So, what’s the big fuss over green tea anyways? A considerable amount of research has been conducted, primarily in Asian countries, revealing a mountain of health benefits. First and foremost, green tea is a longevity food. It’s an antioxidant powerhouse, prevents and fights numerous cancers, and is tremendous for the heart. I would need to write a short novel to cover every health benefit, but here are the big ones:

  • Promotes fat loss
  • Protects against a myriad of cancers
  • Cardiovascular system “caretaker”
  • Helps the elderly stay mentally sharp while also protecting against age related mental diseases
  • Fights the flu
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Improves insulin sensitivity in type-2 diabetes
  • Helps build strong bones
  • Protects the liver
  • Improves endurance

Honestly, I thought I knew all there was to know about green tea, but was overwhelmed by all the data I uncovered when researching. For more information on green tea and its vast and various health benefits simply run a Google search.

If using green tea as the base of your smoothie doesn’t appeal to you, matcha green tea powder is another option. Matcha green tea powder is like regular green tea on steroids because with matcha you’re ingesting the entire leaf and not just the brewed water.

Another “smoothie trick” to consider is making ice cubes out of green tea, or any tea for that matter, for use in your smoothies. Personally, I brew large batches of tea, cool, and use throughout the week.

Now go brew up some green tea for use in the recipe below. Enjoy!

Green Tea Smoothie Recipe

The Ingredients

  • 1 cup brewed green tea, cooled
  • 1 fresh or frozen medium banana
  • 1 cup baby spinach
  • 1 teaspoon coconut oil
  • 1 teaspoon honey

The Add-ons

  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen berries of your choice
  • 1/3 cup yogurt
  • 1 serving of your preferred protein powder

Show Time

Place all of the ingredients into your blender and blend on high for 30-45 seconds or until the desired consistency is reached.

Nutrition Information

  • Calories: 174
  • Fat: 5g
  • Protein: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 34g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 20g
  • Vitamin A: 10% RDA
  • Vitamin C: 31% RDA
  • Vitamin K: 182% RDA
  • Calcium: 4% RDA
  • Iron: 6% RDA

If you try this nutritious green tea smoothie please leave a comment below. Happy Blending!

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39 Responses to Green Tea Smoothie

  1. Sophie wright #

    Green Tea Smoothie Recipe sounds wonderful! Green tea is such a great way to have tasty treats and stay healthy.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      I concur, Sophie :)

      • Mago #

        Just made this smoothie :- green te, handful of spinach , half banana and teaspoon coconut oil no honey though. Absolutely loved it.
        I’m trying to GAIN weight so what should i add ?

  2. Amber #

    Hi Ryan! Would you suggest a caffeinated or de-caffeinated tea when using tea in a smoothie? I tried this recipe out this morning using caffeinated green tea and adding 1/2 cup frozen raspberries, 1/3 cup plain greek yogurt and a few ice cubes. This was my first time using tea in a smoothie and I think it turned out pretty well! Will definitely be trying it again, thanks!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Amber,

      It’s totally up to you :) I prefer de-caffeinated, but occasionally like a little caffeine to stat my day. Lately I’ve been brewing large pots of tea from my favorite medicinal mushrooms: chaga and reishi. I store the tea in 1/2 gallon mason jars in my fridge for use that upcoming week. Adding tea is an easy and sneaky way to increase the medicinal content of your smoothie. Great to hear it turned out well for you :)

      Best,
      Ryan

      • Amber #

        Thank you Ryan for the helpful tips! :)

      • Grace #

        Hi Ryan!
        Could you share the correct measurements for brewing the large pots of tea? I tried it earlier following this recipe but bc its my first time making it I’m not sure I wasn’t sure I added enough coconut oil/honey
        Thanks!

        • Ryan Carmody #

          Hi Grace,

          I don’t use exact measurements when brewing large pots of tea :) I simply fill a big pot with water and dump in some tea. If you have loose tea with instructions for brewing, you can measure both water and tea. It’s by no means an exact science.

          Regards,
          Ryan

  3. Regina #

    do you have a smoothie recipe for slimming your waistline if so could you please send me a couple of them please. I have been following you lately with your smoothie I also got my sisters to login to get the emails from you also. Thank you so much for all the smoothie recipes that I have received from you. Please respond ASAP thank you have a blessed day

  4. Dustin #

    Love green tea smoothies, but have never made my own until I found this recipe. Very good, except for the spinach!… Definitely excluding that ingredient from the recipe next time.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Tweaking my recipes to suite your palate is what I encourage. You could try 1/4 cup baby spinach and work up to 1 cup or exclude altogether.

      Cheers,
      Ryan

  5. Debrah #

    Tried it for the first time. Pretty good. Was a bit warm and think it would taste better cold. Will know later or tomorrow morning. Love the fact that I can use green tea instead of milk or juice. Water sounds to boring. Will definitely make it again.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Debrah,

      I often brew a big batch of green tea and refrigerate for the use in my next 4-5 smoothies. Might try that to save time.

      Regards,
      Ryan

  6. Anna #

    Would using Matcha Green Tea Powder instead of the brewed tea be okay for this recipe? thanks :)

    • Anna #

      Sorry, I now understand, didn’t read this properly, the first time sorry

      • Ryan Carmody #

        No worries, Anna. Enjoy!

  7. Tay #

    Hi could you drink green tea cold and would it have the same benefits as drinking it hot?
    Also how long could you refrigerate the smoothie for?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Hi Tay,

      Yes, cold green tea has the same health benefits as hot. Smoothies keep refrigerated for about 2 days and frozen a good week.

      Regards,
      Ryan

  8. Tay #

    Thank you x

  9. Helen #

    Are oxolates anything to worry about in green smoothies?

  10. Jenny SC #

    This was awesome. I did exclude coconut oil, and used all the add-ons (strawberries for me) including vanilla whey. I exchanged yogurt for half cup of unsweetened almond milk. This was delicious, and this recipe was great for a smoothie beginner like myself. I’ve made 4 smoothies and this was by far the best. AND my first time using spinach, which I could not taste at all. Might even add more next time. Thanks!!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Very good, Jenny :) Welcome aboard the healthy smoothie train. I like how you modified the recipe to meet your needs and preferences. That’s what it’s all about. Many people are hesitant to blend greens in fear of a bitter, gross tasting smoothie, but once you try it you realize is ain’t no thang ;)

      Regards,
      Ryan

  11. Eric #

    I’ve hear of people adding the contents of the teabag into the smoothie. What are your thoughts on this?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Most tea is designed to be discarded after its steeped. Even if it’s “safe” to blend I would think most, if not all of the nutrition would have been extracted from the hot water. If the particular tea is OK to consume I guess it can’t hurt. Not something I’ve experimented with. Tea bags go into my compost.

  12. Peyton Santori #

    I modified it to green tea, spinach, half a banana to cut out some sugar, cinnamon and a scoop or protein powder. Also I have added some blueberries sometimes for some extra antioxidants! Tastes great! You really can’t taste the difference between making it with water and making it with green tea.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Cutting the banana in half to reduce sugar was brilliant, Peyton :)

  13. Jane #

    This was delicious , I am new to smoothies, I don’t like tea so the thought was a bit off putting but I am glad that I tried it. I didn’t have any spinach so I used kale instead .

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Nice to hear your enjoyed this smoothie, Jane. Kale in place of spinach was good substitute.

  14. Kay Flett #

    I made a smoothie with kale and green tea and I could not use it to bitter.

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Try using less kale next time or baby spinach.

  15. TimAyn Stafford #

    Was the amount of sugar listed in the nutrition information without any add-ins?

    • Ryan Carmody #

      Yes, without any add-ons, TimAyn.

  16. TimAyn Stafford #

    Thank you!

  17. Thanks for sharing this recipe, I totally fell in love with this smoothie

    • Ryan Carmody #

      You’re welcome, Helou!

  18. Patricia Fairchild #

    Looking forward to the healthy smoothie recipes!!

    • Ryan Carmody #

      I hope you enjoy them, Patricia!

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