Stave off colds and flu with a smoothie this winter

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THE medicinal attributes of rooibos have been confirmed by scientists from around the globe and in SA.

The tea is capable of reducing cardiovascular disease and premature aging, has cancer-fighting properties and is a powerful immune-booster.

Here are a few tasty rooibos recipes to enjoy, both for their taste and their health benefits:

Rooibos, strawberry and orange smoothie

1-2 rooibos teabags

125 ml boiling water

225g frozen strawberries

½ a peeled and chopped orange

125 g tofu

1 tbsp vanilla protein powder

1 tsp liquid honey, optional

Steep teabags for eight to 10 minutes, then remove bags. Leave to cool. Put the tea, berries, tofu and protein powder into a blender and process until smooth. Sweeten to taste with honey and pour into glasses.

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Blueberry pomegranate rooibos antioxidant smoothie

1 banana

1 cup fresh pomegranate seeds

½ cup frozen blueberries and/or strawberries

1 Tbsp ground flaxseed

1 Tbsp whey or hemp protein

1 Tbsp honey

1 Tbsp flaxseed or hemp oil

10-15ml lemon juice

2-3 bags of rooibos tea

1,5 cups boiling water plus 1 cup ice

Steep teabags for eight to 10 minutes, then remove bags. Leave to cool. Put the remainder of the ingredients and the tea into a blender and process until smooth. Sweeten (if necessary) to taste with honey and pour into glasses. (Two medium servings)

Rooibos, youngberry and banana smoothie

1½ bananas

1-2 rooibos teabags

125 ml boiling water

1/3 cup frozen berries (youngberries or raspberries)

¼ cup milk

250 ml plain yoghurt

Chia seeds or sunflower seeds

Goji berries

Steep teabags for eight to 10 minutes, then remove bags. Leave to cool. Combine all ingredients into a blender besides the chia seeds and goji berries. Blend until creamy and top with chia seeds and goji berries.

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Green rooibos smoothie

1 small apple, cored

5cm piece cucumber

1 stalk celery, including leaves

¼ cup flat-leaf parsley, including stems

1 cup baby greens (your choice of spinach, chard, kale)

1/8 slice of lemon (including rind)

10ml lemon juice

1 kiwi peeled

¼ cup raw almonds

1 Tbsp chia or sunflower seeds (optional)

1 cup brewed green rooibos tea, chilled

6-8 ice cubes

Combine all ingredients except ice cubes in a high-powered blender. Blend on high until smooth. Add ice cubes one at a time until fully crushed and mixed.

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Pear and rooibos vanilla smoothie

1 rooibos vanilla flavoured teabag

80ml (1/3 cup) boiling water

2 pears, cored and diced (no need to peel, unless you want to)

1-2 tablespoon honey or maple syrup

4 tablespoons oats

250 ml plain yoghurt

125ml (½ cup) rice (or soy/almond/cow) milk, chilled

5 ml lemon juice

Place the tea bag into a mug and pour over the boiling water. Add the honey and stir to dissolve. Let the tea bag steep for 1-5 minutes depending on the strength you like. Remove tea bag and refrigerate the tea to cool. Put the pear and oats into a blender and pour over the tea. Pour in the rice milk and blend until smooth.

Chai rooibos smoothie

¼ cup of brewed chai rooibos tea, cooled to room temperature

½ medium-ripe banana

½ cup full fat coconut milk

1 or 2 tbs of raw honey

½ tsp of ground cinnamon

¼ tsp of ground ginger

Optional: add a protein powder

Ice – couple of handfuls

Put ingredients and ice in a blender. Blend until creamy smooth. Garnish with banana slices and a sprinkle of cinnamon if desired.

Granadilla, peach and citrus rooibos smoothie

500 ml boiling water

2-4 rooibos teabags

2 oranges/grapefruit/naartjies, peeled

2 peaches, rinsed and cut up

500ml plain yoghurt

115g granadilla pulp

10ml lime or lemon juice

Honey as needed

Add boiling water to the teabags and remove them after seven minutes. Let the tea cool. Puree citrus, peaches, yoghurt, granadilla pulp and tea in a blender until thick and smooth. Add honey and stir. (Fout medium servings)

Rooibos nutty smoothie

2-3 rooibos teabags

250 ml boiling water

1-2 bananas

250 ml almond milk

1 Tbsp smooth peanut, cashew, or almond butter

1 Tbsp vanilla protein powder

1 tsp liquid honey, optional

10-15 ml lemon juice

Sprinkle on cinnamon (optional)

Steep teabags for eight to 10 minutes, then remove bags. Leave to cool. Put the tea, bananas, almond milk, peanut/cashew/almond butter and protein powder into a blender and process until smooth. Sweeten to taste with honey.

For more information about the health benefits of Rooibos, visit www.sarooibos.co.za

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