Although I enjoy drinking herbal teas before bed or making all kinds of crazy flavored iced teas for daytime, I honestly never have cooked with tea before. So when I saw that this month's Recipe ReDux theme was about cooking with tea, I was a little stumped. But then it hit me. Why not replace the usual milk or coconut milk in my morning smoothie with some brewed tea instead?
Tea packs a bunch of health benefits, so drinking it in the morning with breakfast can give you a nice boost. This is also a great way to incorporate tea into your diet if you like the idea of tea, or want to get the health benefits, but don't really care for drinking it on its own.
I used chamomile tea in this smoothie, and it added such an interesting herbal, lemony flavor to the smoothie. I have tons of different fruit teas at home so I see more experimentation in my future. Use whatever kind of herbal tea you have on hand and see what you like best!
Chamomile, Pear & Blueberry Smoothie
Makes 1 serving
1 frozen pear (I peeled, chopped and froze mine overnight)
Small handful blueberries
1/2 cup cooled chamomile tea (I also brewed this the night before so it was chilled by morning)
3 Tbsp. plain yogurt
1 tsp. honey
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy!