Talk about childhood memories – I grew up drinking lemongrass tea. We used to grow the lemongrass plant in our backyard. My sister flew in from North Dakota for the holidays and she gave me freshly dried lemongrass – she actually grows lemongrass in her backyard in the Summer.
Lemongrass is used in many Asian cuisines and it is also used as a medicinal herb in some countries like India. I find lemongrass tea to be calming. It is believed that the tea offers multiple health benefits. “Doctors do know that the tea can help fight against free radicals, thus reducing the incidence of inflammation in the body.” [MedicalNewsToday]
For this smoothie, I added my usual antioxidant fruits – blueberries and strawberries. Pineapples and kiwis rounded out the rich fruity flavor. For protein, I used my favorite peanut butter. The lemongrass has a naturally light lemony flavor so it paired very well with these fruits. This amazing and healthy drink came in handy after my intensive workout – it left me feeling calm and filled.
I hope you will try this smoothie and enjoy it as much as I did.
Lemongrass Tea Smoothie
- 10 ounces water
- 3 teaspoons dried lemongrass or fresh lemongrass
- 2 slices fresh lemons
FOR THE SMOOTHIE:
- 1 cup lemongrass tea
- 6 small organic frozen strawberries
- 3/4 cup organic frozen blueberries
- 1/2 cup fresh pineapple chunks
- 2 organic kiwis skin removed and cut in half
- 1 tablespoon peanut butter
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamon
- 4 fresh mint leaves
For the lemongrass tea – use three teaspoons dried lemongrass with 10 ounces of water. In a small pot, bring the water to a boil. Add the lemongrass and simmer over low heat for 10 minutes. Remove the pot from the heat. Add 2 slices of fresh lemons to the lemongrass tea. Allow to sit for 5 minutes. Strain the tea into a blender – discard the lemongrass and lemons. Let the tea cool.
Note: You can brew a few cups of the tea and store in refrigerator. You can use this tea with any of your desired fruits.
Add all the remaining ingredients to the blender with the tea. Blend for up one minute until smoothie texture is achieved.
Pour into your favorite glass, serve, sip and enjoy!