Vegan Green Tea Ice Cream Smoothie
2 cups strong green tea (4 green tea bags steeped in 2 cups of boiling water)
1 cup silken tofu
½ of an avocado
4 or 5 Tbsp agave nectar depending on taste preference
½ cup ice
1 tsp vanilla extract
pinch of Celtic sea salt
Throw all the ingredients in your blender and puree until smooth and creamy.
I love a hot cup of green tea. I also love a delectable Japanese meal. I must have been Japanese in a former life. I just love Japanese food; and no self-respecting Japanese feast would be complete without a generous helping of green tea ice cream. But after rubbing my belly on way too many Japanese feasting occasions I decided to look for a healthy vegan green tea ice cream recipe that would enable me to feed my green tea ice cream addiction without the need to coat-check my liver!
So, when I was asked to create some healthy anti-cancer smoothies for The Thrive Alive Foundation I decided to create a vegan green tea smoothie where green tea and green tea ice cream lovers could get their fix in a more decadent way in minutes!
Now, this smoothie will not be for everyone. If you are not a green tea lover, you might want to move on to the next smoothie. It does have a strong green tea flavour. But I can’t get enough of this smoothie. It is delicious! What I love the most about it is that is not too sweet.
But besides the delicious flavour, green tea has been shown to inhibit the growth of cancer cells, because it contains powerful antioxidants known as polyphenols (catechins), which have shown in some studies to prevent cancer cells from dividing.
I have used organic tofu to thicken and flavour this dairy free smoothie. But soy is a little controversial. Some studies suggest that organic soy products like tofu contain pythonutrients (isoflavones like genistein and safonins) that can inhibit that tumour growth, and contain powerful anti-carcinogenic properties. Then other studies suggest soy contributes to cancer. I will let you and your medical advisors decide if soy is a responsible choice for you and your health. I only include a little bit of soy in my diet. I do not overload on it because of the estrogenic properties. I find adopting the “Everything in moderation” philosophy creates nice dietary balance for me. If you do decide to include soy in your diet, always purchase organic tofu that does not contain genetically modified soy beans.
If you want to make this smoothie soy free, you could thicken this smoothie with more avocado. I have added ½ an avocado for a subtle green colour. But you could always add more. Avocados are my favourite way to add a beautiful creamy texture to smoothies. I think avocados are god’s butter. They are rich in a powerful antioxidant called glutathione, that can attack free radicals in the body. They also contain more potassium than bananas, without the high sugar content, and are also a good source of beta-carotene.