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Creamy pineapple, mango, flax, and agave whipped with energizing Darjeeling tea.
WHAT’S GOING ON HERE:
Pineapple/ Mango: Pineapple and mango are pretty sweet. To combat the bitterness of the Darjeeling and reduce the additional sugar needed I go for sweeter fruits to add natural sweetness and sugar.
Agave: I use agave because it’s sweet than sugar. It comes in syrup form so it effortlessly blends with the smoothie. It also doesn’t leave behind the grain texture of sugar. Other alternatives could be honey or monk fruit.
Flax: Golden flax add a nice touch of fiber. Blend it smooth enough and you won’t even know it’s in there.
Darjeeling Tea: I chose Darjeeling tea because of its caffeine content. The average cup contains around 120 mg. Since my tea is getting mixed with fruit I keep that in mind for serving. I shoot for 1 bag for every 8oz water.
Plantains: Plantains have triple the fiber of bananas. The potassium in them makes them a great addition to combat muscle cramping. Treat them like a banana. When they are black and blemished makes them perfect for a smoothie.
TIPS & TRICKS FOR THE BEST PINEAPPLE DARJEELING SMOOTHIE:
tea: the tea should be steeped for 10-15 minutes. cool the tea so that the tea doesn’t melt the frozen fruit in the blender.
frozen fruit: frozen fruit is great for smoothies. it’s always fresh and consistent, especially with seasonal fruits. keeping the fruit frozen turns them into the ice cube. blending from frozen gives the smoothie a whipped ice cream aerated effect.
blending: blending is the most important part of making a smoothie. it’s best to place the lid on the blender, start on low, and gradually blend on the highest setting. blend till silky smooth. don’t blend too long or you’ll heat the blender.
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