Green tea is made from the leaves and buds of the Camellia sinensis plant. It is known for its uplifting aroma and numerous health benefits.
Green tea provides catechins, powerful antioxidants that have been shown to have many disease-fighting properties. Drinking several cups of green tea a day has been associated with:
- A reduced risk for developing some types of cancer
- A reduced risk for developing heart disease
- Promotion of a healthy metabolism
Find green tea in your local grocery store in the specialty department or in bulk in many varieties:
- Loose leaf – generally provides the most nutrients and the strongest taste. Look for brightly colored varieties and store in an air-tight container.
- Tea bags – prepackaged portions of tea in a bag that can be used conveniently on the go.
- Powdered tea – leaves are ground into a powder that can be added to hot water for tea or added to beverages and smoothies. Avoid varieties with high amounts of sugar.
Get the most nutrition out of your tea by allowing it to steep for three to five minutes for optimal nutrient release.
- Heat water in a kettle on the stove or in a cup in the microwave until boiling.
- Prepare by adding a heaping teaspoon of loose leaf tea to an infuser or strainer, or use a prepackaged tea bag.
- Steep tea by pouring hot water into a cup and adding the prepared infuser, strainer, or tea bag to the water for 3-5 minutes, and then remove.
- Enjoy a hot cup of tea, and add a teaspoon of raw honey to sweeten if desired. For an iced beverage, allow tea to cool and then add ice.
Brighten your day with a cup of green tea!
Did You Know?
Green teas have been used historically for a variety of purposes, such as increased alertness and thinking, treatment for stomach disorders, and treatment for soothing sunburns.
Green tea comes from the same plant as black, oolong, white, yellow, and pu-erh teas – the difference is in harvesting and processing.