Thursday, March 8, 2012

Snack of the Day: Lemon Ginger Green Tea

Green tea is a fantastic addition to your diet and has many health benefits to boot! Here is a list of a few that may be of interest to you:

1-The antioxidants in green tea are very powerful and help decrease a person's chances for cancer.
2-It reduces levels of bad cholesterol.
3-Green tea contains polyphenols, antioxidants which fight free radicals and help improve your life's longevity.
4-It inhibits the movement of glucose in cells, fighting obesity.
5-Green tea contains fluoride, which helps maintain bone strength.
6-It impedes the increase of sugar levels in the body because it increases the metabolism of glucose and lipids.
7-Green tea contains Cathechine, which fights the bacteria that causes food poisoning.
8-It's low in caffeine, helping you wean off the coffee, especially in the late afternoon and evening.

Here's an awesome recipe for lemon-ginger iced green tea. I love adding ginger because of its extra soothing  benefits for the stomach.

Add two cups of water, one cup of sweetener of your choice, a teaspoon of ground ginger (I add more, because I love ginger), and a touch of lemon peel together into a saucepan and bring the mixture to a boil. Once it starts boiling, reduce the heat and gently boil it for eight minutes.

After eight minutes, add six green tea bags to the mixture and steep for ten minutes, consistently dunking and stirring the bags.

Remove the bags. If you would like, at this point add 4 tsps of fresh lemon juice and stir.

A really refreshing twist to this drink is to mix about 1/4 cup of the tea with 3/4 cup seltzer water. Ice it. Yum! Perfect for the summer weather that's approaching!

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