by Sarah Steimer
- 1 cup of raspberries
- 1 cup of blueberries
- 1 plum
- 2/3 cup of organic vanilla yogurt
- 1 sprig of rosemary, leaves removed and finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons of your favorite healthy tea (I used maté and rooibos)
Steep your tea in only about a 1/4 cup of hot water (this way you get the maximum amount of tea flavor/benefits and you don’t water the smoothie down). Add all ingredients and pulse in a blender until you reach a consistency you like. This makes two tall glasses.
Don’t feel as though you need to keep strictly to this recipe. Add and subtract ingredients. I only added the plum because it happened to be sitting in my kitchen.
I’ve been inspired to start making my own smoothies since one of my visits to my friend Leah in Chicago. She made this great energy-packed smoothie for us that made me want to take 18 nonstop tours of the city. Running. Leah actually gave me the idea of adding tea to the smoothie. Why not? It’s good for you.
So here’s the healthy rundown of my smoothie today: The raspberries (from our garden, picked literally moments before I made this) are full of Vitamin C. Blueberries are known as a superfruit and contain antioxidants and other vitamins. Rosemary (also from the garden) may help memory as well as relieve muscle pain and stimulate the nervous system. Yogurt has “probiotics” — literally translated to “for life” — which are the good bacteria that help your digestive tract.
Rooibos tea has antioxidants, vitamins and minerals and can help with colds and allergies. Maté is rich in vitamins and minerals and helps suppress hunger. It also has the same amount of caffeine as a cup of coffee, but won’t let you crash.
Recipe: Sarah Steimer
Photos: Sarah Steimer