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Herbal Berry Smoothie

 

Josh and I have a super nerdy nutritionist game that we play. It goes like this:

Josh: “Hey Megs, Would you like a cup of tea”.

Meghan: “ I sure would!”

J: “What kind?”

M: “You’ll do the right thing”.

And then I watch as Josh’s mind works. He looks at the time, he considers how long ago we ate or how soon we’ll be eating, he considers my mood and how I might be feeling and thinks about what the actions of various herbs are in order to brew just the right one. Nerd alert! (That goes to both of us, ‘cause I play the game too”).

We all have our have herbal brews. I rarely sit down to a cup of hot tea in the summer, but as I chat about in the Green Smoothie Cleanse tutorial (included in the Smoothie + Juice Ready Package), herbal teas are an awesome way to amp up the healing and nutritional value in a smoothie. You can of course have a warm smoothie if the mood strikes you, but I love brewing up some great teas, and either chilling the tea in the fridge or freezing it as cubes and using that as my smoothie base.

In the tutorial I go into great detail about this awesome way to amp up a super smoothie and list off loads of awesome herbs and the organs they support.

My liver sometimes plays tricks on me and so I always go with my fave liver herbs:

  • Milk Thistle Seed: helps repair damaged liver cells and protects them from the penetration of toxins.
  • Dandelion Root: Used to treat kidney disease, indigestion and heartburn, but is most widely known for its ability to treat liver disease. This herb helps to purify the bloodstream and liver, as well as stimulate bile production.

My all time fave herbal teas these days are Ginger and Licorice, not only because they do just what I need them to, but they taste delicious and I’ll often put a bit of each into my tea ball (no bags here!)

  • Licorice Root: This herb is most well known for its ability to heal ulcers. It lowers stomach acid levels, relieves heartburn and indigestion and even acts as a mild laxative. It is also used to combat irritation, in?ammation and spasms in the digestive tract.
  • Ginger Root: This is a versatile herb that prevents indigestion and abdominal cramping. Furthermore it lowers blood pressure by improving circulation of blood ?ow throughout the body.

Green tea, of course is a staple for me too but lately I have been going more with the herbal smoothie power.

Herbal Berry Smoothie
(makes 2 servings)

1 cup brewed and chilled berry tea
1 cup ginger tea, as ice cubes
2 cups berries of choice
1/2 cucumber
1 Tbs hemp seeds
1 Tbs coconut
1 Tbs bee pollen (optional)
honey/dates/stevia to sweeten

Question Of The Day: What is your fave herbal tea or tea blend?

79 responses to “Herbal Berry Smoothie”

  1. The Vegan Tiffin says:

    My fav tea has got to be peppermint. It always helps me out after I have over eaten! A true miracle herb for me!

  2. The Vegan Tiffin says:

    Finally(!) joined the new Facebook Fan Page! :)

  3. The Vegan Tiffin says:

    Loving the nourishtea website! I would most like to try the “minty igloo,” but would be happy with any of them!

  4. Anna Tulou says:

    Favorite herbal tea currently: nettles, lavender, and lemongrass

  5. Monikam says:

    My favourite herbal tea at the moment is a mix of dandelion, milk thistle and yarrow.
    Monika

    • Cara - Making Love In The Kitchen says:

      I was lucky enough to score some dandelion root hand-picked by Meghan… it’s amazing!

  6. Danielle says:

    I love a soothing blend of lavender, chamomile, and mint before bed. I’m a total herbal tea novice, all of the ones in my cupboard come in bags!

  7. Danielle says:

    Following nourishtea on Twitter.

  8. Danielle says:

    Would love to sip Sweet Berry Breeze on ice!

  9. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday says:

    I have a rooibos with bergamot at home that I love. It tastes like Earl Grey, but with the earthiness of rooibos. Plus it’s herbal!

  10. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday says:

    I’d love to try the Rose Pink

  11. devan says:

    I the mix of yerba mate, lapacho, chrysanthemum leaves, apple bits, cinnamon bark, pomegranete, marigold flowers, ginger, cola nut and guarana powder. it smells like cola and tastes like hot gingerale!

  12. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday says:

    Following Nourishtea on Twitter

  13. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday says:

    Following you on twitter

  14. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday says:

    And a facebook fan!

  15. Marilene says:

    I love herbal tea! One of my favourites is a blend by David’s Tea called “Exotica” a delicioso blend of cardamom, coconut, lemongrass, red pepper, clove, cinnamon, pineapple and orange peel…yummy… and it makes me feel like I am in the Caribbean every time I drink it.

  16. Sarah L. says:

    My favourite is a common blend, rooibos de provence. Love the sweetness of the fruit and the relaxing effect of the delicious lavendar.

  17. Ami says:

    I would love to try all the nourish teas. I am loving their bright containers as well (pretty packaging never hurts ;). Right now my fav herbal tea is probably red raspberry leaf… but I am also 38 weeks pregnant so it`s pretty much a staple in my daily routine right now haha. PS already a follower on facebook ;).

  18. Chandra says:

    My favorite is a green tea my mom brought me back from China. Sadly it is gone and I have no idea what kind it was because everything was in chinese but it was so good.

  19. Jeana says:

    I buy my loose teas from a local herbalist who is just amazing! My favorite blend she calls “Green Goddess” and it has all sorts of wonderful herbal goodness in it including: damiana, rose petals, nettle, and my favorite herb lemon balm (along with many others). So delish!

  20. Jeana says:

    I checked out the Nourishtea website and I agree, the packaging is just fab! I’m most intrigued by the Minty Igloo–but they all sound wonderful.

  21. Amanda says:

    I love blood orange tea with hibiscus and pomegranate!

  22. Emily says:

    I love licorice!

  23. Julia says:

    As a brit, I have to confess a daily staple of PG Tips. However since talking with Meghan, I have reduced that from three cups to one cup a day. I love chai, and would absolutely love to try the crimson rooibos or the sweet berry breeze.
    I also follow on twitter and on FB.

  24. Jenny says:

    Crimson rooibos with some ginger root would taste awesome. I’m also a fan on FB.

  25. Claire says:

    I’m big on fennel and peppermint.When I drink green tea,I like to add in Jasmine or a couple sprigs of mint leaf:-)cc

  26. sarah says:

    I love a variation on Chai-cardamon pods, a cinnamon stick, black peppercorns, a big chunk of ginger, maybe a hunk of vanilla pod if I have it on hand, and fresh nettle leaves. It’s warming, nutritious, and really helps my offbeat circulation.
    Since I have been pregnant, nothing has helped as much as a cold cup of spearamint tea from outside my window.

    • Cara - Making Love In The Kitchen says:

      I do a big pot of fresh cloves, ginger root and a cinnamon stick (and sometimes vanilla) and keep leftovers in the fridge for smoothies. Peppercorn might be an interesting addition!

  27. Erin says:

    I enjoy white tea, and I would love to try nourishtea’s “Cresting Cranes of Legend”.

  28. Allison says:

    lately I’ve been liking slippery elm tea — to help with my pregnancy “morning” sickness! It actually does really help. Next I’m going to try putting it in a smoothie. I’d love to win these too!

  29. Shanna says:

    I enjoy rosehips tea. I would love to try the crimson rooibos or the sweet berry breeze. I already follow you on twitter and am a facebook fan.

  30. Alex says:

    I am just starting to get into teas-in-a-smoothie. Sometimes after I brew the tea, I’ll dump the soaked leaves into the blender too! No waste here!

  31. Kristen says:

    My boyfriend brought back some loose green and black tea from China that are really special to me.

  32. Marianne says:

    I like using strong peppermint tea as a smoothie base. Mixed with cacao, maca, and other goodies it makes for a yummy chocolate mint smoothie! Already a follower on facebook…

  33. Jes says:

    I love the thought of an herbal tea smoothie! I know next to nothing about herbs, but I have an entire garden to play with next week while I farm-sit. I’ll definitely have to try ’em out!

  34. Emily says:

    Mentioned your contest in my blog.

  35. Emily says:

    Also, longtime facebook fan and twitter follower.
    On my way to follow nourish tea as well. LOVE their site. I drink their teas all the time.

    My current favourite personal blend consists of rose petals, lavender, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Sometimes I’ll toss a bit of black cohosh in there as well. It makes me smile.

  36. Katie says:

    My favorite herbal tea is Yogi Tea Eqyptian Licorice Mint. I buy it in bulk about 2 times a year. Love it.

  37. Andrea T. says:

    I need a Josh (or Meghan) of my very own. ;)

    This is one contest I want to enter! My most recent tea purchase was
    Fully Loaded Tea’s Cucumber Mojo White Tea, whole leaf white tea with cucumber and carrot pieces, by (http://fullyloadedtea.com/). In the summer I like my tea chilled so I figured it would be refreshing, and it is. I keep a mason jar of tea with a tea bag in the fridge at home.

    I sometimes steep some green tea-jasmine loose leaf tea for my smoothies.

    I always look at Nourishtea’s matcha teas in the store but then reel in sticker shock. I’d like to try their blue tea and their Emerald Path.

    So if I follow Nourish Tea from both of my Twitter accounts does that count twice? And of course I’ll blog it, tonight or tomorrow.

  38. Ellen says:

    i’ve been drinking cinnamon rooibos, iced, like its going out of style. the way i brew it, it gets slightly sweet with nothing added to it and its totally addictive.

  39. Ellen says:

    i follow you on twitter @ellen1214

  40. Vanessa says:

    “I love their bright containers and I also love that their teas come loose. I like my teas like I like my men… (kidding!).”

    I actually laughed out loud-ha! I love green tea with mint from my balcony garden :)

  41. Nancy says:

    I love so many kinds of tea. But I would say the mango ginger tea is my favorite.

  42. Meghan (Making Love In The Kitchen) says:

    Great ideas and delicious herbal brew blends! On holidays so Cara is taking over for me this week. And she is doing mighty fine- as fine as the weather in Vancouver!

  43. sarah j says:

    i love berry flavoured teas – they satisfy my sweet cravings

  44. Ellen says:

    i’d love to try the “sweet berry breeze”. sounds tasty!

  45. Ellen says:

    im following nourishtea on twitter @ellen1214

  46. Lauren says:

    I love peppermint tea and ginger tea. Ginger is so soothing for my stomach…I like to put plain fresh ginger in hot water and let it steep on it’s own, or sometimes I add some other herbs to the mix for more flavour and healing properties.

  47. Lauren says:

    I follow you on twitter @sheisarunner

  48. Lauren says:

    I would love to try the minty igloo peppermint tea

  49. Lauren says:

    I’m following nourishtea on twitter

  50. Noelle says:

    I really like a tropical green tea because it gives variety to the green tea with soothing mango, coconut and pineapples flavors as essence. So delicious!

  51. Noelle says:

    I already follow you on Twitter!

  52. Noelle says:

    I liked you on facebook!

  53. Noelle says:

    The sweet berry breeze sounds lovely!

  54. Noelle says:

    I follow Nourishtea on Twitter @singerinkitchen

  55. Vaishali says:

    Chamomile Tea is my favourite herbal tea.

  56. Terri Kendall says:

    peppermint is my fave

  57. Andrea T says:

    …and it’s blogged.

  58. Lorna says:

    the teas all sound fantastic – doesn anyone know how these tea taste cold? i am not a hot drink kind of person

  59. Briana says:

    My favourite is peppermint – love it steaming hot in the winter, but good any time of the year. I’m following you and nourish tea on twitter.

  60. Karen says:

    I’d have to say my favourite is chai, or anything with cinnamon in it! In the summer it’s got to be mint tea, with mint picked fresh from the garden…nothing like it!

  61. Lily says:

    My favorite kind of tea is white tea with lemon or orange!

  62. Sarah says:

    I too love the peppermint. I drink it hot, cold, and when I get headaches I step into the shower and press the minty teabags directly to my temples. It’s fantastic!

  63. Tracey says:

    These teas look delicious! Count me in – now off to join your fb group.
    Thanks!
    Tracey

  64. Love In The Kitchen (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) (@meghantelpner) says:

    Breakfast is a herbal berry smoothie packed with delicious goodness http://t.co/2kQ4ZY6A and you?

  65. Mark Norris says:

    Hi Meghan

    I am from Quebec city and am a special care counsellor who works with senior citizens and myself an avid smoothies drinker.
    I am now interested in changing careers and would like to reach out to senior citizens and educate them about smoothie health benefits.But first I need a course in this field.Any suggestions.I work mainly in French and my goal is to reach out to this population
    Thanks
    Mark

    • https://secure.gravatar.com/avatar/599ccdf73b6d2f26a247dd52e9e5f8b8?s=51&d=blank&r=g Meghan Telpner says:

      Hi Mark, I am not familiar with any culinary nutrition courses that are taught in French, but you may be interested in the program I offer at http://culinarynutrition.com. I think what you are endeavouring to do is amazing and so well needed.

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