16 March 2012

Chamomile, Strawberry & Quinoa Smoothie


I need to stop and smell the flowers.

I need to do nothing and think of nothing for the next hour.


When I am frazzled and stressed, I grab our jar of dried chamomile flowers and and make myself a good cup of chamomile tea.  Then I take it to bed with me and close myself away from the outside noises for an hour.  That's what I need sometimes to get a grip of myself and for my brain and body to reach the right balance again. 


Chamomile has this power to relax especially when taken at the end of a long day.  Next to milk (and water), this is the drink that Italian babies are advised to drink from birth to aid them in sleeping.  I never left home without it when my kids were still babies.  Chamomile bags were in my pack of essentials.   I take this habit until now.  Our house is never  empty of chamomile. 


I cannot hide the fact that I have been into smoothies lately.  This is already my third smoothie post and there's a promise of a couple more to come.  There are new fruits ready to be liquefied in the blender for other kinds of smoothies.  Later.  

I think this is my favorite smoothie among the ones I have done.  Even my husband agrees too.  There is a surprising beautiful blending between the strawberries and chamomile.  Both are subtle and not intrusive, that when mixed together, they created a commingling faint hint of berries and flowers.  Just the color itself makes you relax. 


I included the dried chamomile flowers in my smoothie because its floral hint was a tad stronger and I like my smoothies with a bit of texture.  The quinoa gave the body to the drink and the taste just hid under the berry and floral flavors.  Quinoa contains essential amino acids like lysine and quantities of calcium, phosphorus, and iron.  If you have some leftover cooked quinoa (without condiments of course) in the fridge, use it in your smoothie like what I did.  Otherwise, I would have used an easier option, the oats. 

I hope you enjoy this relaxing and healthy breakfast (I also drank it in the afternoon) drink.  It's delicious, I'm telling you. 

Have a good weekend!



Chamomile, Strawberry & Quinoa Smoothie


Ingredients:
Makes 1 glass
  • 1/2 cup chamomile tea
  • 1 tablespoon dried chamomile flowers (or 1 teabag) + extra flowers for garnishing
  • 1 cup almond milk (or regular milk)
  • 1/4 cup cooked quinoa (You can replace this with old fashioned oats.)
  • honey (if almond milk is unsweetened)
  • 1/2 cup strawberries (fresh or frozen)
Directions:
  1. Steep chamomile flowers in hot water for about 5 minutes.   Strain flowers if you don't want to include them in the smoothie.  If you want to include them for a more intense flavor, just leave them.  Remove teabag if using one.  Refrigerate until it cools down.
  2. Put the almond milk, cold chamomile tea (with flowers), cooked quinoa & strawberries in a blender and blend until smooth.  Sweeten with honey if needed.
  3. Garnish with dried chamomile flowers if desired.
Note:  If using oats instead of quinoa, grind them to an almost powdery consistency in the blender before adding the other ingredients. 







15 comments:

  1. I could not have thought of this combination for a smoothie! Love the flavors here and the fact that it is so healthy. Beautiful photographs too!

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    1. It's a delectable combination and worth a try. I'm glad you liked the photos. Thanks for the note!

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  2. Beautiful smoothie! I never thought about adding quinoa to my smoothie like I do with oats. I really need to try that!

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    1. I think quinoa is a good alternative to oats sometimes, especially when you have leftovers. It's delicious & healthy. Thanks Heidi!

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  3. I like my smoothies with a bit of texture, too, and would normally opt for oats but I like your idea of quinoa. And chamomile? It's brilliant. Will have to give it a try next time. :)

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    1. I hope you'll like it Jean. I like the floral & fruity combination. It's a good way to start the day.

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  4. I love everything about this post; the quinoa, the colors and flavors and the photos.

    Your posts are never dissapointing!

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  5. I came over from Drinks with Tea, that gorgeous gorgeous photo of this smoothie caught my eye! what a lovely idea to include chamomile for a pleasant floral addition! great one.

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    1. I had been thinking up ways on how to include chamomile with a smoothie because I do like floral hints in food and drinks. I'm glad you like it. Thank you!

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  6. Oh my gosh what an interesting combination! I used to love chamomile as a child cause my mother always kept it around. This reminds me to go purchase some. Next to mint and lavender, it's great for relaxing. Plus, I've been really into smoothies lately. I'm definitely trying it once I can get my hands on some loose camomile. I already have organic strawberries.

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    1. I hope you'll like it Elaina! Thanks!

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  7. I just made this - I didn't yet have any quinoa cooked so I used oats that I'd already ground up a bit....should I have cooked them? I'm thinking so. Oops.
    Regardless, the smoothie was a bit...bland, and watery. I'm not sure what I did wrong.

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    1. I wonder why too. It would be better if the oats are cooked but I have used uncooked but ground & soaked oats in my other smoothies and they never came out watery. They were thick enough. Can it be that you put more quantity of liquid than what's written? There can be a possibility about blandness because all the ingredients have very light flavors. However it depends on the quality of the strawberries that you used. We have imported ones here that are big and juicy and always available even when not in season but they taste like water. I use the small strawberries that are sweet. They make a big difference. Maybe you can give it another shot and hopefully, it will come out better.

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  8. Lovely smothei. Loved the ingridients.

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