When things start heating up in Texas I start making my favorite, healthy, refreshing drink: iced green tea. (I know many of you live in the southern hemisphere where you’re creeping up on winter….so you can keep making yours in the kettle and save this idea for your summertime.)
It’s good for you:
Here are a few of the health benefits of green tea:
* it’s loaded with polyphenol antioxidants, including a catechin called EGCG. These antioxidants can have various beneficial effects on health.
* it contains less caffeine than coffee, but enough to produce an effect. It also contains the amino acid L-theanine, which can work synergistically with caffeine to improve brain function.
* the catechins in green tea may inhibit the growth of bacteria and some viruses. This can lower the risk of infections and lead to improvements in dental health, a lower risk of caries and can reduce bad breath.
Just drop a sachet or metal ball of tea leaves in a cup of boiling water for hot tea or, if you like it cold, you can put the tea leaves into a mason jar and infuse the water over a few hours and then chill it.
Teas can have high amounts of pesticides and molds. So it’s best to:
* buy loose leaf tea and brew your own tea from scratch.
* buy organic, GMO-free tea from companies that report where their tea is grown and how it is harvested.
*check the ingredient list to make sure there are no added flavors or GMO ingredients added to the tea leaves.