July is supposed to be the hottest month of the year in LA, but honestly, I find August to be the most suffocating. Mid-summer in La-La Land has me feeling warned out, parched and yearning for a trip to The Islands.
This Aloha Tea Smoothie is a trip in a glass–a drink to keep you happy, healthy and hydrated. The base of this smoothie starts with frozen pineapple, mango, and banana. For an extra nutritional boost, I like to add a heaping spoonful of Greek yogurt too.
A third of the smoothie base gets an addition of beet juice powder. This supplement not only creates the most brilliant mauve color, but also extra antioxidants, fiber, calcium and vitamins A and C.
The top layer of this smoothie is where you’ll find a refreshing pop of green tea. For extra nutrition and vibrant color, I also blend a cup of baby spinach into the mix. I love using Yamamotoyama’s Pineapple Mango Green Tea Powder here, concentrated tea that echoes the same tropical flavors in the smoothie itself.
For a fun twist, serve these Aloha Tea Smoothies with some colorful drink umbrellas and lots of extra garnishing fruit. These drinks are like a relaxing tropical breeze, sure to quench your thirst through to the end of summer!
Makes 2 large drinks.
|- 1 cup frozen pineapple||- 1 cup frozen mango|
|- 2 cups frozen banana||- 1 cup pineapple juice|
|- 1/2 cup greek yogurt|
|- 1 Tbsp red beet powder|
|- 1 cup baby spinach|
|- 2 packets of Yamamotoyama’s Pineapple Mango Powdered Green Tea|
|- extra cut fruit||- drink umbrellas|
1. In a blender, blend the base layer ingredients together. Pour 1/3 of the mixture into one glass. Now pour another 1/3 of the mixture into another glass. Leave a 1/3 portion in the blender.
2. To make the middle pink layer, add 1 Tbsp of red beet powder to one of the glasses of smoothie. Mix evenly to achieve a pink smoothie.
3. Add the spinach and tea into the blender. Blend on high until the smoothie is evenly green.
4. Evenly distribute the yellow smoothie evenly between 2 serving glasses, then layer on the pink smoothie. Top with the green smoothie. Garnish the drinks with extra pieces of cut fruit and/or drink umbrellas. Enjoy!