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Monday's Food: Iced Green Tea & Mango Latte

Once upon a time, on a hot summer's day, I would go to Starbucks and have a frappuccino, typically Java Chip. With 460 calories, 19 grams of fat, and 67 grams of carbs, I just cannot and will not do that anymore.

I found a great recipe in one of my American Heart Association cookbooks for a Green Tea Latte.
It contains 59 calories, 13 grams of carbs, and no fat. It is cooling and refreshing and makes for a great late morning or early afternoon treat when you're tempted to get something else cooling and not so healthy.

I didn't have starfruit at home and I did vary the original a bit to suit my own preferences. I will first post my go to recipe and then post the one from the book.

My favorite Green Tea Latte:

1 cup water
4 bags of green tea
1 cup Goya 100% Natural Mango Nectar
1 cup 8th Continent Fat Free Vanilla Soy Milk
1 tsp. honey (I used Doan's Buckwheat Honey, a local product)
1 cup ice cubes
1/2 mango, cut into pieces

Start off by boiling water in your tea kettle. Once boiled, pour 1 cup water into a large mug and add the 4 tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes, and then discard the tea bags.

In a blender, blend the tea and the remaining ingredients with the ice until smooth. Pour into tall glasses. Depending on size of glass, you'll get 2 to 3 servings.

Original Recipe from the American Heart Association No-Fad Diet:

1 cup water
4 bags green tea
1 cup fruit nectar or fruit juice, such as apricot, mango, guava, or tropical blend
1 cup fat free milk or vanilla soy milk
1 cup ice cubes
1/2 start fruit, cut crosswise into 4 slices (optional; they just used as a garnish in the book)