Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Green (Tea) Your Life

I'm assuming you've heard something by now about the health benefits of green tea?

If not, let me fill you in: It's chock-full of anti-oxidants and there is evidence that it is anti-carcinogenic (can prevent cancer), can lower cholesterol, decrease the risk of Alzheimer's disease, and even aid with fat loss.  In short, it's a health and nutritional superstar.

But not everyone likes the taste.  To be honest, it's not my favorite tea, especially plain varieties.  But I am not a big tea drinker.  Not because I don't like it, but I'm not fond of iced tea and I cannot drink hot tea unless it's well below freezing.  I am already too hot blooded and it just makes me sweat.

A few months ago, however, I decided I needed to get more green tea into my diet.  I had heard of one health expert who puts a green tea bag into his coffee every morning.  Clever but not for me.  I decided to add it to my breakfast oatmeal instead.

Wait, before you turn up your nose, let me explain.  I buy the spiced Chai varieties, like this one (admittedly there may be greater health benefits in the caffeinated varieties):

I take a few teaspoons of chia seeds and a teabag and fill up a bowl with boiling water and let the tea steep and the chia seeds soak.  Then I use this as the cooking liquid for my oats, along with ground cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla stevia and a pinch of salt.  Yummy!

Of course, if you too don't love green tea, there are other ways to get it in your diet.  There are green tea supplements but they are crazy expensive.  You can also bake with it, make puddings, ice cream, use iced green tea as a base for smoothies, use it as a marinade for tofu or meat...really you just have to use your imagination.  But I love that I have found a way to consume it everyday that I also enjoy.

Drink up!


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