Hello lovely people!
I hope you all are having a wonderful week. I had a good week and now I am ready for the weekend.
So, I have been trying to eat healthy lately. well, to be honest, I have always been health conscious. But, recently, I have been off track. So in order to get back on track, I am trying to make healthy choices. And what better way than to start your day by eating and drinking right!
I love to drink chai, especially in the mornings. One of my previous post clearly shows what a passionate chai lover I am:) I am not fully awake and my brain does not function well until I have my chai. So no compromise on this one:) But I have reduced the amount of sugar in my chai. Also, I have started incorporating green tea in my morning routine.
The amazing health benefits of green tea is well known and needs no explanation. Green tea is one of the healthiest things to drink and is a smart swap for sugary and calorie loaded drinks.
Research shows that green tea may help regulate blood sugar levels, improve blood flow, lower cholesterol and blood pressure and may even aid in weight loss, to name a few. Green tea’s high content of powerful flavonoid antioxidants provides numerous potential health benefits, including cancer and heart disease prevention.
But the biggest benefit of green tea is in it’s catechin content. Catechins are antioxidants (a sub-group of polyphenols) that fight and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea is not processed much, so its rich in catechins. And personally, this is a big one for me. Green tea is rich in anti-aging antioxidant known as EGCG, which helps fight free radical damage and helps slow down the aging process by increasing cell turnover for a healthy and younger looking skin. So, now my morning starts with a cup of green tea. Only time will tell whether I’ll have younger looking skin in the future. However, for now, I am proud to say that I am doing a good job following my routine and drink my green tea every day religiously.
When I first started making green tea, to be honest, I did not like the taste of it. This was because I was not making it the correct way. Making green tea is not as easy as it may sound. After couple trials and a bit of research, I was able to master the art of making green tea with perfection, if I may say so:)
Here are some tips and suggestions for folks who are new to green tea:
- Make sure the water is hot, but not too hot (water temperature should be 160-170 degrees F or 70-80 degrees C). Too high water temperature will result in bitter and grassy taste. Also, the high temperature of boiling water is bad for Catechins (the antioxidants in tea).
- Brew green tea for three to four minutes to get the best taste and most nutrients from it.
Folks who absolutely cannot handle the taste of green tea should try lemon green tea with honey. This not only tastes great, but has its own benefits as well.
Adding lemon to green tea is, in fact, quite beneficial. The vitamin c in lemon brings out green tea’s antioxidants and makes it easier for our body to absorb. Lemon juice, according to some studies, can increase the amount of antioxidants our body extracts from green tea by up to six times. This is quite impressive!
Honey, a rich source of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, improves the health benefits of the tea as well. Green tea with honey and lemon may improve cold symptoms. Essential oils in lemon offer antimicrobial benefits and mixed together with honey it may relieve discomfort and soothe a cough.
So, next time when sniffles bother you, reach for a cup of green lemon tea before you run for the pharmacy.
Who doesn’t like lemonade? Give your normal lemonade recipe a twist and make green tea lemonade instead. Simply add ice in lemon green tea for a refreshing taste and use decaffeinated green tea for a kid friendly version. It is not only scrumptious and easy on your wallet (tastes so much better than the store bought ones and you know the exact ingredients), but loaded with the goodness of green tea.
Another reason to drink green tea is its calming effect. Sipping tea helps us slow down and relax. A natural chemical called theanine found in green tea may provide a calming effect. So, next time you feel stressed about things not going your way, go ahead and have a tea break.
So keeping all the benefits of green tea in mind, I raise a toast, with my cup full of green tea , and wish you a wonderful weekend!