Wake up, shake up!

Green tea is a natural source of caffeine, but it is much lower in caffeine than your typical cup of coffee and typically green tea will contain less than 5mg of caffeine per cup. Because green tea contains L Theanine (sorry to get herballisty with this) it can give the caffeine lift as a gentle slope rather than as a spike in your energy.

It’s just enough to get you moving in the morning without leading to a crash or headaches later. When you combine green tea with fruits that are commonly eaten in the morning, you are sending your brain and body the message that it’s time to get up and get moving.

After your sleep you wake you need an energy boost to start your day. This shake has lots of vitamin C which will kick start your day but also help you absorb the nutrients for the rest of the shake.

Cardamom is one of the unsung heroes in the herbal world. It is a herb that has been used for centuries to help curb cravings for sweet foods and aid digestion problems and will help those who suffer from bloating.

The banana will help with their levels of manganese, magnesium and vitamin B6, essential for the proper functioning of your body and mind.

Camellia sinensis (which is the herbal name for green tea) acts as a natural diuretic so will help get rid of any toxins broken down by the body over the course of your night’s sleep.

Green Tea Smoothie

What You Need

  • 1 tsp Lean Green tea powder
  • 1/2 Orange, deseeded
  • 1/4 Grapefruit, deseeded
  • 1/2 medium Banana
  • 1 cup Coconut/almond/skimmed Milk
  • 1 handful Ice

I try to use almond milk when I am making this because it too contains vitamin B6 which is essential for breaking down proteins consumed the previous evening or during the day. B6 is also essential for proper brain function

Blend all ingredients into a shake consistency and enjoy. You can also use the ginseng, orange and cardamom flavoured tea in this recipe if you are going to be in for a hectic morning.