Chai, a sweet blend of tea and spices, is available in the health food section of most grocery stores. Here it finds balance with creamy banana and soy.
2 ripe bananas,
2 cups chai tea,
1/2 cup soy milk,
3 cups ice cubes
- Place the Top Blades in the Pitcher and add all of the ingredients in the order listed.*
- PULSE 3 times. Select Speed 10 and flip the switch to START. Blend for 45 seconds.
Customize Your Drink
Our recipes are fabulous, but maybe you’d like to customize a drink that’s all your own! Don’t be afraid to experiment. Check out our suggestions for creating your own signature nutrient extract juice! (All recommendations based on a 12-ounce beverage.)
Make it Thicker
Try adding one of these ingredients for a creamier drink and to boost the nutrition profile as well:
- 1/4 ripe banana
- 2 tablespoons avocado
- If you think avocados are only for guacamole, think again!
- Ideal for greens drinks, avocado adds good-for-you monounsaturated fat with only 50 calories for 2 tablespoons.
- Florida avocados (the larger, smooth skinned ones) have slightly fewer calories and fat compared to the smaller California varieties.
- 1/4 tablespoon chia seeds
- In white and black varieties, chia seeds are a nutrient powerhouse. Rich in protein, these tiny seeds deliver potassium, magnesium, calcium, and manganese.
- Chia seeds are also one of the best plant sources of omega-3 fats and can contribute to your daily fiber needs in a big way. Their ability to absorb liquid is what thickens the drink, but don’t use more than the recommended amount — your drink will turn into a gel!
Add chia seeds in with other ingredients before blending, or make a chia gel that you can keep on hand in the fridge and use as needed.
How to Make a Chia Gel
Combine 4 tablespoons chia seeds with 2 cups water or other liquid, such as coconut water. Voila – after 10-15 minutes you’ll have a gel! Use a tablespoon or two of gel to thicken drinks to your desired consistency. Cover and refrigerate for up to one week.
Make it Thinner
The thickness of a blended drink will depend on a few factors, such as whether or not ice is used, and whether the fruit is fresh or frozen. If your smoothie isn’t sip-able, you can add one of these healthful ingredients to thin it down just a bit.
- 2 tablespoons green tea or chamomile tea
- 2 tablespoons of coconut water
- Add a small amount of a high-moisture food, such as celery, lettuce, cucumber, lemon or lime
- Add some water—important to re-hydrate!
- Unsweetened almond milk to add richness—great with tropical fruits!
1 serving: Calories 64; Fat 1g; Cholesterol 0mg; Sodium 1mg; Carbohydrate 27g; Fiber 1g; Protein 1g *If your UltimaTM has preset speeds, follow the first step and then do the following: PULSE 3 times. Set to HIGH and flip the switch to START. Blend for 45 seconds until smooth.
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