Health

The Benefits of Green Tea

If you’ve never tried green tea, now is a great time to try it iced on a hot summer day.  It can be very refreshing and beneficial to your health.  If you don’t care for the taste of plain green tea, try out the iced-green tea recipes below – you may just change your mind.

Give green tea a try — it’s hard to knock the green tea benefits below (brewed hot or cold):

  • Can improve brain function
  • May increase fat burning and physical performance
  • Loaded with antioxidants and nutrients

I don’t know about you, but I know, I SERIOUSLY need all of the benefits above!  Simply stated, green tea can have a positive effect on the body – and who doesn’t want that?  Also be aware, just like with anything else, green teas vary in quality and taste.  Some green teas are more bitter than others.  My personal preference: Trader Joe’s organic green tea bags. 

Try out these super easy, thirst quenching iced-tea recipes below.  On a hot summer day, these can really hit the spot while boosting your health at the same time!

GREEN TEA LEMONADE

In a saucepan, bring 3 cups of water to a boil.  After boiling, turn off the heat and add 3 tea bags.  Let the tea bags steep in the hot water for 10 minutes.  Discard the bags and pour the tea into a pitcher.  Add 2 cups of lemonade.   Chill.   Optional:  garnish with fresh mint sprigs.

TIP:  Play around with the portions of tea vs. lemonade.  You may find you prefer more or less lemonade, or you may want to water the beverage down a bit if it’s too strong.

I don’t have the patience to make home-made lemonade.  If you don’t either, I highly recommend Trader Joe’s Organic Lemonade.  It’s got the perfect lemon tang and not overly sweet.  Of course, you can drink the lemonade straight and skip the green tea, but either way – this is my “go to” thirst quenching lemonade during the summer.  Iced lemonade with a mint sprig or fresh fruit (i.e., strawberries and/or blueberries) is a summer winner for all ages.

ICED PEACH GREEN TEA

In a saucepan, bring 4 cups of water to a boil.  After boiling, turn heat to a low simmer, add 3 green tea bags and add one mashed fresh peach (I keep the skin on, but you can remove it).  Let the tea bags and peach simmer for 5 minutes, then turn off the heat let them steep together in the hot water for another 10 minutes.  Discard the bags and pour the tea w/mashed peached into a pitcher.   If you like your tea sweetened, add honey or sugar to taste.  Chill.  You can discard the peach skin before serving, but I like to keep it in for the added peach flavor and nutrients.  Yes, the iced-tea will be lumpy with the mashed peaches, but it is delicious  — the longer it chills the “peachier” it will taste!

TIP:  Have another tea you prefer other than green tea?  The above recipes will easily lend themselves to other teas beside green tea.  So go ahead, do some summer thirst-quenching experimenting – and while you’re at it, check out the post under the nature category:  Experi-mint.