I have this one spot in my cupboard that goes dark for the summer. It’s that leaning tower of tea boxes filled with spicy, comforting teas to warm my winter nights. However, once spring has sprung, any unbrewed bags just sit there until the fall. Boo!
It’s time to give those winter tea bags a summer makeover! These 3 easy breezy recipes will help you crush the summer heat with tea-based smoothies.
Let’s get started.
I took the three least likely to be used during the summer teas I have in my cupboard for these recipes. I got ’em all steamy and then set them in the ice box to chill out. Then I set about finding something cold to blend with each of them. Though I used different fruits, the basic formula is all the same:
- 1 cup of tea
- 1 cup of frozen berries or ice
- 1 tbsp of some form of healthy fat – totally optionally
These quick blends are refreshing, single-serve, no dairy and easy to customize.
The Berry Peppermint Smoothie blend:
- 1 cup pf chilled peppermint tea
- 1 cup of frozen berry mix
- 1 tbsp of coconut oil (optional)
- 1 tsp of wild honey (optional)
I love mint for summer and love that I can use my old peppermint tea bags to make a cooling drink! I’m not a fan of iced mint teas, but a hint of mint in a smoothie is divine. I’m also not a fan of buying fresh mint leaves because they always go bad before I use them all. Using a mint tea bag cleans up cupboard space and prevents waste!
The Lemon Ginger Mango Smoothie blend:
- 1 cup of chilled lemon ginger tea
- 1 cup of frozen mango slices
- 1 tbsp of shredded coconut (optional)
This is my go-to tea when I start feeling under the weather as it really heats you up. To counter the powerful ginger I added coconut. You could also add a touch of honey or agave. I blended this tea with mango for a tropical twist.
The Vanilla Chai Banana Smoothie blend:
- 1 cup of chilled vanilla chai tea
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of ice
- 1 tsp of chia seeds (optional)
- 1 dash of cinnamon
This was by far my favorite tea smoothie of the day! The banana creates a creamy vanilla feel. It’s more like a dessert, really. I might brew all the tea bags at once and have a the chilled vanilla chai ready to blend this weekend!
I don’t always have yogurt, ice cream, fruit juice, or milk (cow or nut) on hand to use as a smoothie base. Teas add flavor and aroma! If you don’t add a dairy or other similar liquid, tea-based smoothies drink more like a slush (or slushie or however you say it). There are many great ideas online for what flavor of tea would blend well with what fruit/veggie (e.g. peaches with a white tea or rooibos tea). Try one out this weekend!
What teas are in your cupboard?
How would you give them a summer makeover?