Thursday, June 28, 2012

Red, White & Blue Antioxidant Slushie: Tea, Berries & Honey


Want to start your day off right? Want clean fuel and loads of energy? Then this low-calorie slushie for you. It's quick, it's easy and it's really, really good for you. This drink features three antioxidant powerhouses: tea, berries and honey. I've also tossed in some chia seeds, which provide omega-3s and have fantastic hydrating power: when chia seeds are put into liquid, they swell and hold on to that liquid. That means you stay hydrated longer. 

You can use any kind of tea you like. I chose an organic pomegranate white tea; its color and flavor are a nice match for the berries. White tea has the lowest caffeine content of all teas (and much less than coffee); it's a great choice for those of you who are trying to cut down on caffeine but still feel you need some to get going. I cold steeped my tea; just soak the tea bag in cold water for up to a couple of hours. You can also brew it in hot water and then just chill it for use in this recipe.
Pretty pomegranate white tea.
BONUS: If you use white tea, you can call this a red (strawberries and raspberries), white (tea), and blue (blueberries) slushie. Happy early July 4th!

Ingredients
yield: about 16 ounces
  • 1 cup of tea, cooled
  • 1 1/4-1/2 cups mixed organic frozen berries (I used blueberries, strawberries and raspberries)
  • 2tsp raw honey, or to taste
  • 2T chia seeds

Put everything in a blender. If your blender isn't very powerful, allow the berries to first thaw a little bit. Blend until smooth. Then enjoy the jewel tones, the refreshing coolness and the fabulous flavor.


I love seeing the little flecks of blueberry skins...


Want a sip?


By the way, this slushie doesn't have to be just for breakfast. In fact, I had it for dinner last night with some cheese and crackers. It was a perfectly light, refreshing meal after hours at the pool with my son.

6 comments:

  1. Yes, I would love my own glass though:-)  I love the idea of using tea instead of juice, milk or even ice:-)  Beautiful, Hugs, Terra

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  2. C'mon, I don't have cooties! ;-)

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  3. Love how you use tea for the liquid!  It looks delicious and so refreshing...perfect for the hot day we are having!

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  4. fullbellysistersJune 30, 2012 at 9:08 AM

    You know, I'm always kind of turned off at the idea of adding water to a smoothie - but adding tea at least adds flavor, so it's my zero-calorie liquid of choice :-)

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  5. This sounds so delicious and refreshing (not to mention patriotic)! Have a great holiday!

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  6. fullbellysistersJuly 2, 2012 at 9:57 AM

    Thanks, you do the same!

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