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Chamomile-Banana Smoothie

1 cup strong Cafe Virtuoso chamomile tea
1 ripe banana
1 cup low-fat plain yogurt
2 tablespoons maple syrup1. Freeze chamomile tea in an ice cube tray.
2. Combine with remaining ingredients in a blender, and blend until smooth.

Serves 2. Per serving: 183 calories; 1 g saturated fat; 1 g unsaturated fat; 7 mg cholesterol; 36 g carbs; 89 mg sodium; 7 g protein; 2 g fiber.

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Another juicing recipe…

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Blueberry and Green Tea Smoothie

1/2 cup frozen blueberries
2 cups Cafe Virtuoso green tea – jasmine or green sencha
1 tablespoon agave nectar

1. Divide blueberries between compartments of an ice cube tray. Fill with green tea and freeze.
2. Puree in blender with remaining green tea and agave.

Serves 2. Per serving: 50 calories; 0 g saturated fat; 0 g unsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 13 g carbs; 0 mg sodium; 0 g protein; 1 g fiber.

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Butternut Rooibos Pizzettas

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  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1 1/2 tsp. rooibos tea leaves
  • 2 medium-large butternut squashes
  • Drizzle of olive oil for baking sheets
  • 1 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • Pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives


  1. 1. Preheat oven to 425°. Heat a small frying pan over medium heat and add butter and 1 tbsp. tea. When butter foams, remove from heat, cover, and let infuse 10 minutes. Strain butter through a fine sieve; discard tea.
  2. 2. Meanwhile, using a large, sturdy, sharp knife, cut off stems and seedless “necks” of squashes (save seeded parts for another use). Stand each neck on a flat side and slice peel off with 7 or 8 cuts, leaving a kind of octagonal shape. Cut necks into 1/2-in. slices. Lightly oil 2 baking sheets and place squash, slightly separated, on sheets.
  3. 3. Pulverize remaining 1 1/2 tsp. tea leaves (if already fine, skip this step). Mix with salt.
  4. 4. Brush infused butter onto tops of squash slices, then season with pepper and rooibos salt. Bake until very soft, about 25 minutes. Transfer to a platter and sprinkle with chives.
Note: Nutritional analysis is per squash slice.


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