Chai-Berry Smoothie

Thanks to all of you who have been asking how we have so much energy!  We really appreciate the compliment, thank you! 🙂  We always have considered ourselves lucky to have a lot of energy.  But the truth is when we don’t eat the way we like to eat or get to exercise in some form (even just going for a walk), we don’t have our usual high energy.  So much of our boost is truly from our diet. (Here are some of our tips that help us). So we realized we really wanted to share this smoothie with you that we sometimes go for in the morning with eggs or for a quick refreshing snack to tide us over just before dinner (plus it takes the edge off dinner so we eat less there!)

 

(Psst… looking for smoothies/ drinks that will flood your body with antioxidants and help to fight damage?  Please feel free to search this site for some!  Here are a few to try:

Kale Recharge Smoothie

Green Grape & Matcha Detox Drink

Sparkling Cucumber and Detox Refresher)

One of the best ways to add natural energy sources into your diet is through fruits, especially berries! Berries, like strawberries and raspberries, are great sources of energizing high-fiber carbohydrates and they are rich in antioxidants, fiber, and vitamin C, not to mention, they’re always deliciously sweet!

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Here’s a smoothie recipe that we absolutely love, a chai-berry smoothie.  And with coconut all the rage, it adds the perfect boost –both from its’ water and shredded!  This is just like a dessert (although it’s not baked)– and it’s still low in calories, delicious, and very energizing!

This is also great after a workout –it’s super hydrating and packed with antioxidants to repair your muscles (and your skin).  It’ so delicious you’ll want it as an easy-to-make snack or with breakfast!  If you have it with breakfast, just be sure to get some protein–you can simply have a yogurt on the side!

Chai-Berry Smoothie

Serves 2

Ingredients:
– 1 ½ cups of vanilla chai tea (look for one with no added sugar and about 80 calories per cup**)
– 1 cup of coconut water ice cubes
– ½ cup of frozen bananas
– ½ cup of fresh, non-frozen bananas
– ½ cup of frozen strawberries
– 6 non-frozen raspberries
– 2 tbs of shredded coconut, unsweetened

** If you can’t find vanilla chai tea with no added sugar that’s about 80 calories per cup, you can make 2 cups of vanilla chai tea using 2 vanilla chai tea bags, and adding 1 cup hot water for steeping –as directed on the tea box– and then removing tea bags, allowing tea to cool and adding 1/2 cups vanilla unsweetened almond milk)

** If you prefer sweeter smoothie, add a teaspoon of your favorite sweetener (1 teaspoon sugar will add 15 calories).

Directions:

1. Blend all ingredients (except for coconut shreds) in a blender until smooth. Add coconut shreds as garnish and enjoy!

Makes 2 smoothies

Nutrition Facts Per Serving: 131 Calories, 24 g Carbohydrates, 4 g fat, 2 g protein, 4 g fiber. 

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Chai-Berry Smoothie
 
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • - 1 ½ cups of vanilla chai tea (look for one with no added sugar and about 80 calories per cup**)
  • - 1 cup of coconut water ice cubes
  • - ½ cup of frozen bananas
  • - ½ cup of fresh, non-frozen bananas
  • - ½ cup of frozen strawberries
  • - 6 non-frozen raspberries
  • - 2 tbs of shredded coconut, unsweetened
  • ** If you can't find vanilla chai tea with no added sugar that's about 80 calories per cup, you can make 2 cups of vanilla chai tea using 2 vanilla chai tea bags, and adding 1 cup hot water for steeping --as directed on the tea box-- and then removing tea bags, allowing tea to cool and adding ½ cups vanilla unsweetened almond milk)
  • ** I
  • f you prefer sweeter smoothie, add a teaspoon of your favorite sweetener (1 teaspoon sugar will add 15 calories).
Instructions
  1. Blend all ingredients (except for coconut shreds) in a blender until smooth. Add coconut shreds as garnish and enjoy!
Nutrition Information
Calories: 131 Fat: 4g Carbohydrates: 24g Fiber: 4g Protein: 2g
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