April 21, 2013

Green Tea Detox Smoothie

We went to our favourite loose leaf tea shop the other weekend to stock up on teas. We usually go every few months and hand over our tins for them to fill with our favourite flavours. I love Earl Grey and black teas, as they remind me of home. Although I don't religiously participate in British "tea time," I do find myself reaching for the kettle around 4 or 5 pm in the afternoon for a good, strong cuppa' tea.

This is our tea and coffee drawer at the moment. The tins from David's Tea and are the perfect size for stacking and sorting teas in a drawer or shelf. On occasion I drink green teas, such as right now while I am sick. I have had this nagging cold/flu/virus/plague/overall yuckiness this week that I can't seem to shake.

I haven't really had much of an appetite for the past few days. I've been subsisting on jello, popsicles, cereal and crackers. I especially haven't felt like cooking or baking anything. When in doubt, and in need of vitamins, make a smoothie. Can someone please tell me how to take a nice picture of a smoothie? Is that possible? This doesn't look appealing, but I can assure you, it's refreshing and soothing for those in the midst of sickness. Kiwi or mango would also go nicely with these ingredients.

Antioxidant Green Tea Smoothie (adapted from this recipe)

1 banana
1/2 large orange, peeled
1 tbsp honey
1-2 cups brewed, chilled green tea
1 tbsp chia seeds
1 tsp apple cider vinegar

The original recipe used frozen berries and greek yoghurt. I thought the yoghurt might curdle with the orange juice, so I opted to make it creamier with the banana and chia seeds. I feel like smoothies are a free-for-all when it comes to ingredients, measurements and recipes. I also don't think it's necessary to completely detoxify yourself with juices and smoothies, but if you're not in the mood for solid food, it's a good way to get some vitamins in your system.

Green Tea and Orange Smoothie

I did get a nice surprise in the mail this week though. Thank you to Orzery Pita Break for letting me try their Morning Rounds Breakfast Pitas. Not that I need persuasion to eat more carbs as I already buy bread, wraps, pitas and sometimes bagels, but these things are the coolest.

Orzery Pita Break Morning Rounds

They are toastable fruit and grain breakfast pitas that come in four flavours: muesli, apple cinnamon, cranberry orange and multi-grain. Each pita bun contains approx. 200 calories, which is a good amount for a breakfast to keep you going. A pack contains six pitas you can grab and eat with jam, butter, cream cheese or by themselves.

My favourite was probably the Apple Cinnamon. As you can see, the bag got eaten into before I could even take a picture. I am always on-the-go and Mike works nights sometimes at the hospital, so he usually has a snack when he comes home. He also appreciated the name of the pitas ("morning rounds," get it?). These are the in-between a sandwich and bagel amount of carbs, so they could be a snack or breakfast. And you don't even need a plate...

They are also vegan, low fat, low in sodium and a source of fibre. Check out more information on Ozery Pita products and where to buy them in Canada.

Disclosure: I received samples from Orzery Pita for review purposes. The opinions are completely my own based on my experience.

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