Green tea is an acquired taste for many people, but it can be delicious and seriously refreshing. It also contains natural chemicals that reduce your anxiety from stress. It makes a great alternative to colas or coffee, if you’re trying to cut back on those for any reason. It can also replace snacking and save you some calories, especially if you go beyond simply brewing a cup, and play with recipes.
Be aware that green tea does have some caffeine – less than either coffee or black tea. There are decaf varieties available, if you prefer to avoid caffeine completely. Look for brands that say “naturally decaffeinated” to avoid chemicals that aren’t particularly good for you or the ecology.
How to brew green tea
For the best flavor, green tea should brew for 1-2 minutes in water just under the boiling point. Whatever blend you buy should have the ideal instructions for it on the box or tin. If you do brew it longer or hotter, it may taste bitter, but the good news is you’ll get more of the polyphenols that are so good for you.
Green tea recipes
Green Tea Latte
- Add 1/4 teaspoon green tea to mug
- Add your preferred sweetener (whatever amount you like for a cup of tea or coffee)
- Fill to the rim with heated milk
- Stir and serve
Green Tea Smoothie
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt
- 1 tablespoon of powdered green tea
- 1/2 cup milk
- 3 cups of frozen fruit
Whisk the vanilla yogurt and green tea powder together. Pour into a blender, adding milk and frozen fruit. Blend until smooth. You can make this totally fat-free by using skim milk and fat-free yogurt.
Spiced Green Tea (about 4 servings)
- 4 bags of green tea
- 2 cups of milk
- 1/2 cup of brown sugar
- 1 tsp of cinnamon powder
- 1/2 tsp of ground ginger
- 2 cups of water
Heat the milk with the water in a medium saucepan over moderate heat. As soon as a gentle boil begins, stir in everything else, drop the heat to low, and let it simmer for 3 minutes. Remove the tea bags and serve.