This gorgeously green, energizing smoothie is the perfect way to start your day. My Green Tea Smoothie is loaded with antioxidant-rich ingredients that are easy to blend and lovely to sip on while you get ready. Or, use it to recharge and give your brain a little boost in the afternoon.
Since coffee is my typical go-to in the morning, I don’t often drink tea. Yet the Simple Green Smoothies community has so many tea drinkers that I wanted to give tea a try! While it might not be my favorite warm beverage, I love it in my smoothies! It’s a great sugar-free liquid base that gives me natural energy.
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Five ingredients are blended into a smooth and fruity mixture to create this green tea smoothie. I chose ingredients that pair well together and hydrate your skin.
- Unsweetened green tea: Green tea can improve cognition, aid in digestion and help stabilize blood sugar. Choose your favorite kind and get brewing!
- Fresh spinach: This leafy green is a mild one that is easy to toss into any smoothie. New to green smoothies? Then add a bit to get started! You’ll be adding heaping handfuls in no time.
- Green grapes: You’ve heard people talk about drinking wine for the antioxidants? Let’s get it straight from the source! Green grapes contain a variety of potent antioxidants.
- Green apple: Green apples contain slightly less natural sugar than red, as well as contain catechin, the same antioxidant in green tea that benefits the brain.
- Mango: I wanted to add a bit of sweetness and creaminess to this beverage while also making a banana-free smoothie, and mango is a great choice!
This smoothie puts the fresh in refreshing with its rawkstar list of green ingredients. I added in some mango for a touch of natural sweetness.
As always, smoothies can be made to order! You can swap in purple grapes and the apple variety of your choice. If you like the idea of adding tea yet don’t want the caffeine then swap out the green tea for an herbal one.
Use the leafy greens of your choice, Swiss chard is a great swap in this smoothie recipe. Mango can be swapped with a frozen banana for a sweet switch. To lower the natural sugar in this recipe, swap mango with 1/4 an avocado.
On the other hand, you might want to add a bit of sweetener to your smoothie if you want to mask the earthy taste of the green tea. Add a bit of honey, maple syrup, agave or the natural sweetener of your choice.
This smoothie is not as thick as some other recipes, so you can add in a few things to thicken it up: a scoop of coconut cream (the thick creamy part of canned coconut milk), a handful of raw cashews or some plain greek yogurt (or vegan yogurt).
How to Make a Green Tea Smoothie
Blending a green smoothie is super easy, but I’ve got a few pro tips that will help you get the perfect blend every time.
- Start by blending just the leafy greens and the liquid. Stop and scrape down the blender as needed to get all the leafy chunks and give your smoothie the best creamy texture. If you are using a matcha tea or other powder then add that into this first blend as well.
- Add the remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth. If you are using protein powder or adding in a sweetener like honey or maple syrup, add it in this step.
Even when you do “all the right things,” sometimes that smoothie doesn’t turn out quite right. I can help! Check out this guide to get your smoothie formula right and fix any blending mistakes you have.
Green tea smoothies can be a great way to give your body a natural caffeine boost. Use whole fruits and vegetables without adding a sweetener for the best results. Boost with plant-based protein powder for a great breakfast or drink mid-afternoon for an easy snack.
My recipe includes unsweetened green tea, spinach, green grapes, green apple and mango. It is sweet, not gritty and super refreshing.
Green tea has a whole host of health benefits and can be a daily habit for you. Just know that it is naturally caffeinated, as that might bother some people. Drink it hot, cold, iced or as the liquid base for a smoothie!
More Naturally Caffeinated Smoothies
Caffeine definitely has its place to give us an energy boost when we need it, as well as help wake our brains up for focused productivity. You don’t have to be a coffee or tea drinker to get it! Here are a few of my favorite smoothies that are naturally caffeinated, naturally sweetened and just the boost you need today.
- Coffee Smoothie: This coffee shake is sometimes what gets me up in the morning. It’s super smooth and oh-so delicious.
- Mint Chocolate Smoothie: A great option when that sweet tooth comes calling.
- Vanilla Matcha Smoothie: My afternoon pick-me-up.
- Fat Burning Smoothie: Another great way to start the day and wake up your metabolism.
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Smoothie: I love blending this smoothie and then going for a run, knowing it’s waiting for me to gulp right when I get home.
- Brain Fog Smoothie: Drink this first thing in the morning or in the afternoon to give you focused energy!
Don’t forget to rate + review this smoothie once you try it. I’d love to know what you think!
Green Tea Smoothie
- 1 cup spinach fresh
- 1 cup green tea unsweetened, brewed and cooled
- ½ cup mango frozen
- ½ cup green grapes
- 1 green apple
- 1 serving homemade protein powder optional
- Blend spinach and green tea until smooth.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend again until smooth.
- Swap spinach with the leafy greens of your choice.
- Use at least one frozen fruit for a refreshingly cool smoothie.
- Swap green tea with the tea of your choice, water or coconut water.
- To lower the natural sugar in this recipe, swap grapes with berries like blueberries.
- Use a plant-based protein powder to add protein, healthy fat and fiber.