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Tuesday, 20 November 2012

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

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.

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!

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.

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