No, it’s not summer.
When you think of hibiscus you might think of summer.
Yes, I know the weather is colder. Why not spend the day curled up on the couch with a smoothie…er, I mean cup of herbal tea?
Aahhhh, what if I told you that you can do both?
So, first let me tell you, I am not a huge tea drinker, but I do keep quite a few kinds of herbal tea in the house for when its needed.
Hibiscus tea specifically has quite a few health benefits. Here is a list of just some of the things hibiscus can be good for:
- protecting the liver
- stimulating the appetite
- may prevent kidney stones
- helping reduce fevers
- may help with depression
- soothing coughs
- helping to repair the skin
- helping to lower blood pressure
- helping to reduce cholesterol
- may help with weight loss
- may fight against certain cancers
OK, so we’ve learned the benefits of hibiscus, now, let’s move on to the recipe.
Since hibiscus tea has a sort of bitter taste I decided to make it like a smoothie. It’s like trying to get a child to take their medicine by disguising it with something they like, except in this case that child is you 🙂
This recipe can be adapted to any herbal tea of your liking, so if you have a favorite herbal tea, by all means pair that with your favorite non-dairy milk and fruit and see how it comes out.
Hibiscus Peach Smoothie
This recipe serves 1.
What you’ll need:
- 1 cup of steeped hibiscus tea, cooled (I used Hawthorn & Hibiscus Tea from Traditional Medicinals)
- 1 cup frozen peaches
- 1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk
- 1 banana (optional)
- 1 tbsp raw or organic honey (optional)
- Prepare tea per package instructions. Let cool either in the fridge for an hour or overnight.
- Blend all ingredients in a high speed blender until smooth.
- Pour into a cup/glass/mug of your choice and enjoy!
*NOTE: You can also try this recipe while the tea is still warm. Blend all the ingredients except for the tea in a high speed blender. Pour your warm tea into a cup and add the smoothie in a little bit at a time to taste. Stir well and enjoy!
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