Peach season is just about here and I need to share the recipe for my favorite green smoothie ever – it’s called Mint Julep Sweet Tea. The recipe comes from Simple Green Smoothies: 100+ Tasty Recipes To Lose Weight, Gain Energy, and Feel Great in Your Body. This vibrant green smoothie is just what you need this summer to beat the summer heat!
I was lucky to be able to work on the photography, design, and recipes for the Simple Green Smoothies book with my dear friend, Jen Hansard, the co-founder of SimpleGreenSmoothies.com. We are teaming up again for a second book that will be released next fall. Woot! It’s full of plant-based recipes and I cannot wait to share it with you when it’s finished. I’m in the process of taking the photos now. (Be sure to follow me on Instagram for behind-the-scenes peeks!)
And now for this smoothie…
I will admit that when Jen shared this recipe with me during the testing phase, I was a little skeptical. I usually only like my green tea in kombucha, thankyouverymuch. Ha! But I do love a good green smoothie and I’m always open to trying new things. From first sip, this became my very favorite smoothie. Funny enough, my Boise Whole Foods makes a similar smoothie in the summer with Idaho peaches – only theirs has honey in it. This recipe is sweetened only by fruit, which I love.
Peaches are my absolute favorite summer fruit. And while some people (my husband…cough, cough) think it’s a travesty to use perfectly delicious peaches in a smoothie, I encourage you to do it! Mint is one of my favorite herbs and smoothie add-ins because it ups the taste factor and is good for the digestive system. Peaches and mint are primo together.
Green tea is full of anti-oxidants and all kinds of good stuff. I pretty much only use it to brew my kombucha and make this smoothie. I’m working on loving it on its own. ;) (I’m more of a coffee girl.) Anyway, I like that I can reap the benefits of the green tea plus a little energizing boost while I’m sipping on my greens.
This is a lower glycemic green smoothie too. Peaches and green apples both fall below 55 on the glycemic scale.
Do yourself a favor and use the juiciest, fresh peaches (or nectarines) you can find. It’s so worth the wait to make it with the fresh peaches. However, if you can, plan ahead and freeze them so the smoothie is nice and cold. I hope you’ll give this Mint Julep Sweet Tea Green Smoothie a try!
If you’re interested in more delectable green smoothie recipes check out these other smoothies I love from Simple Green Smoothies:
Lil’ Adventurer Green Smoothie Bowl (a new recipe with a secret ingredient!)
Tropical Mango-Rita Green Smoothie
Peach Mango Cream
Cilantro Mango Detox
Carrot Berry Beet
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- ¼ cup fresh mint leaves
- 2 cups green tea, brewed and chilled
- 2 cups sliced peaches, frozen
- 1 green apple, halved and cored
- Juice of ½ lemon
- Place spinach, mint, and green tea into a blender. Blend until smooth.
- Add peaches, apple, and lemon juice and blend again.
-A pear can be used in place of the apple, if desired.
-This smoothie is on the tart side, if desired, a little bit of maple syrup or honey can be added to taste.
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