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Recipe: Green Tea Shakes

Recipe: Green Tea Shakes

Green Tea Shakes

by Erin Fletter
Photo by Visit Roemvanitch/Shutterstock.com
prep time
15 minutes
cook time
2 minutes
makes
4-6 servings

Equipment Checklist

  • Immersion or regular blender
  • Pitcher
  • Liquid measuring cup
  • Measuring spoons
  • Wooden spoon
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Ingredients

Green Tea Shakes

  • 1 to 2 bags decaf green tea
  • 3 T honey/sugar/agave nectar
  • 2 C vanilla yogurt **(for DAIRY ALLERGY sub dairy-free/nut-free yogurt or 2 ripe bananas)**
  • 4 C ice

Food Allergen Substitutions

Green Tea Shakes

  • DAIRY: Substitute dairy-free/nut-free yogurt or 2 ripe bananas for vanilla yogurt in Shakes.

Instructions

Green Tea Shakes

1.
steep+discard+dissolve

Heat 1 cup of water and pour into a pitcher with 1 to 2 bags of decaf green tea. Steep for 5 minutes, then remove and discard the tea bags. Have your kids stir 3 tablespoons of honey into the tea until completely dissolved. Set to the side to cool.

2.
add+blend

Add 2 cups yogurt and 4 cups of ice. Blend with your blender or an immersion blender in a pitcher until smooth, thick, and creamy.

Surprise Ingredient: Tea!

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Hi, I'm Tea!

"I'm a drink made from plant parts, like leaves and flowers. I like to think I'm sweet enough, but some tea drinkers like to add honey or sugar to me, and some add milk to black tea to cool it down. You can drink tea hot or iced!"

History

  • The history of tea began in China as far back as 5,000 years ago. 
  • An old Chinese legend says a man was out walking one day when he accidentally tasted the juices from a tea plant leaf. He thought it tasted great and felt the tea had unique medicinal properties.
  • Another legend suggests it was a mythical emperor called Shennong who discovered tea when a tea blossom fell into a cup of hot water he was drinking.
  • At that time, tea was drunk fresh with the new leaves being mixed with hot water. In those days, the tea leaves were not allowed to oxidize (to combine with oxygen, causing darker leaves), so the leaves remained green. It was only later that oolong and black or red teas were developed. Black tea is fully oxidized, and oolong is semi-oxidized. 
  • Tea drinking grew in popularity and became a pastime for the rich. Fine teas were only available to those who could afford them, and green teas were even used as currency. 
  • Elaborate tea ceremonies developed involving large sets of tea-making equipment. Tea houses sprung up, and tea connoisseurs prided themselves on the quality of their leaves and their tea-making skills.
  • In the 1600s, merchants brought tea to Europe and the United States. Since then, tea drinking has blossomed. 
  • Tea is the most-consumed beverage on the planet, other than water. It is even more popular than coffee and cola! 
  • China is the largest producer of tea, followed by India and Kenya. 

Anatomy & Etymology

  • Tea comes from the cured or fresh leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, an evergreen growing mainly in warmer and humid climates. 
  • Although the plants can grow up to 52 feet, they are usually kept no higher than waist level to make picking the tender leaves at the top easier.
  • Tea should be kept dry and stored in an airtight container, away from light and heat if possible. Black teas last longer than green teas. Teas made from flowers have an even shorter shelf life. 
  • The word "tea" comes from the mid-17th century Malay "teh" or the Chinese (Min) "te." 

How to Buy & Use

  • Tea can be purchased in various forms. Tea bags are often used today; however, you can still buy loose tea. Cans and bottles of brewed tea, sweetened or unsweetened, are also available, with fruit flavors sometimes added to the tea. 
  • Crushed tea leaves and brewed tea can be used in savory and sweet recipes. 
  • Herbal teas are made from the various parts of edible plants, including fresh or dried flowers, fruit, roots, or seeds.  

Nutrition

  • Teas from the Camellia sinensis plant (white, green, oolong, and black) have high levels of antioxidants which help prevent cancer. Flavonoids in tea help heart health by lowering blood pressure and cholesterol. Another health benefit of tea is improving gut health by promoting good bacteria and inhibiting harmful bacteria. 
  • Teas from the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant contain varying amounts of caffeine. Black tea has the most, followed by oolong, green, and white.  
  • Most herbal teas do not contain caffeine; however, they are not necessarily more healthy than black tea. Always check for plant allergies and herb and drug interactions before ingesting herbal teas.

That's Berry Funny

Why does milk turn into yogurt when you take it to a museum?

Because it becomes cultured!

THYME for a Laugh

What is the only food that you are allowed to play with? 

Yo-Yo Gurt!

THYME for a Laugh

What is the Alphabet’s favorite drink? 

T, of course!

Lettuce Joke Around

Why must you be careful of tea at night? 

Because it might mug you.

That's Berry Funny

What do teapots wear to a tea party? 

T-shirts!

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