Green Tea and Lychee Smoothie

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Shen Calming, Summerheat

Green Tea and Lychee Smoothie

by Kylie Roach

2 C. filtered water
3 green tea bags
½ can of Lychees in syrup (about 8 lychees and their juice)

Make the tea: Boil 2 cups of water and add the 3 tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes.
Let tea cool slightly then pour into an ice cube tray (fills about 1 tray).
Freeze the green tea cubes.
Soak the bottom of the ice cube tray in warm water for a few seconds when ready to make the smoothie.
In a blender add the green tea ice cubes and about 8 lychees and syrup (just under half a can, as many as you’d like).
Blend on high power until smooth and serve.
Makes about 4 cups/32 ounces.

TCM Analysis:

Green tea: Cool, bitter and sweet, diuretic, resolves phlegm, promotes digestion, refreshes the mind.
Lychees: Warm, sweet and astringent, nourishes blood, soothes the LV, calms shen, regulates Qi.

This is a cool and refreshing beverage for summertime thirst. The tea cools and the lychee soothes. This recipe is good for someone who needs a relaxing snack.