Brew 1 Litre of strong tea to use as a base for your smoothies. Base liquids can be made from different herb combinations, either from commercially-available tea bags or home-brewed from bulk herbs.
When using bulk teas and herbs, simmer herbs in 2 Litres of hot water for 10-15 minutes, then cover and turn off the stove. Allow to cool for 20 minutes before straining and discarding the loose tea.
Use the herb tea mixes indicated below:
- Ashwaganda root, powdered – 1 T
- Lemon balm leaf – 2 T
- Cinnamon (fresh), ground – ½ t
- Rosemary (fresh), chopped – 1 T
- Elderberries, dried – 2 T
- Slippery elm bark, powdered – 1 T
- Green tea, loose – 4 T
- Turmeric (fresh), ground – 1 t
- Hawthorne, dried – 2 T
- White willow bark – 2 T
When using commercially-available teas, brew as directed and let the tea steep 10-15 minutes. Let cool for 20 minutes, before discarding the bag. Examples of brands you might choose in New Zealand include; Pukka, Clipper, Oku Kawakawa, Organic India, Planet Organic Tulsi, and Yogi.
Use the type of teas indicated below:
- Green tea
- Nettle tea
- Licorice tea
Other Once your tea and herb mixture is brewed, place 120-180ml of the mixture in a blender. Store the remaining liquid in the refrigerator for 7 to 10 days.
Choose an unsweetened, pure 100% fruit juice. Place 60-120ml of the chilled juice in the blender. Examples of juices to use are:
- Cranberry juice
- Pomegranate juice
- Dark cherry juice
- Purple grape juice
- Orange juice
Add ½ cup of unsweetened fruit (preferably organic) to the blender. Avoid processed fruits containing added sugars, sweeteners, or syrups.
Types of fruits to include are:
- Apple (or unsweetened applesauce)
- Berries (blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, Pineapple strawberries, etc.)
Next, add a cup of any seasonal leafy greens or other whole vegetables of your choice. Types of vegetables to include are:
- Mint leaves
- Dark leafy greens (chard, kale, spinach, etc.)
Add to the blender one of the following sources of protein:
- Protein powder e.g. Opticleanse, Brainsustain, Fit Food Complete
- Whole oats, soaked overnight in milk (almond, dairy, UltraMeal, etc.) – 1 scoop soy, etc.) – ½ c
- Nut butter (almond, cashew, etc.) – 1 T
- Yogurt or kefir (soy or dairy) – ½ c
- Soy powder – 2 T
Add 1 to 2 tablespoons of ground flax seeds (or flax meal) to the blender. Store extra ground flaxseed or flax meal in fridge for up to 3 to 4 weeks.
Add ¼ cup of crushed ice to the blender if you like your smoothie cold.