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Iced Mint Green Tea
I was first introduced to green tea by my friend Nitya about 4 years back when I started working. I must admit it took me a few weeks to get accustomed to the earthy and bitter-ish taste. It is therefore not surprising to know that black tea and coffee are much more popular beverages globally.
Tea is considered the most consumed beverage in the world behind water, however 78% of the tea consumed worldwide is black and only about 20% is green. To add perspective, China is one of the largest tea producing countries that produces non fermented tea (green tea), semi fermented tea (oolong tea) and fermented tea (black tea).
Why green tea?
Green tea has been used as a medicine for thousands of years and has been known for its health properties owing to the processing. No fermentation of green tea takes place during the processing, unlike black tea. Hence, the polyphenols and anti-oxidants of tea are preserved in green tea. These polyphenols is what makes green tea so healthy.
Green tea’s numerous health benefits include prevention of diabetes by regulating glucose levels. It also protects the heart from formation of clots and also reduces bad cholesterol in the system. Tea catechins are strong antibacterial and antiviral agents which make them effective for treating everything from influenza to cancer. Green tea is also great for the skin and is a good anti aging agent owing to its antioxidants. Some additional benefits of green tea are being researched upon. It is also known to help in reducing weight by increasing metabolism. However, this benefit is still being researched upon.
Ways to consume green tea
The most common way to drink green tea is pouring a hot cup of boiling water and adding a bag of green tea. Let it seep inside for about 5 mins and drink it up.
I also love making my own iced green tea (as shown in the picture). I keep sipping on this green tea for 4-5 hours after intervals of half an hour. It is simply great and so healthy. You are not only serving your body the daily dosage of water but also adding additional benefits.
WHAT you need
2-3 tea bags of the super antioxidant green tea
Handful mint leaves
Lots of water, hot and cold
HOW to prepare
Take a cup of water and boil it in a pan. Put in 2-3 tea bags (preferable green tea) and let it seep in there for 10-15 mins. Pour this hot flavored water into a jug and add 5-6 cups of cold water. Add water according to your taste of tea. Take a handful of mint leaves and crush them. Add this extract into the jug and refrigerate for 3-4 hours. Optional – Get creative! You can also add few slices of orange into the water and crush them below. You could squeeze out the juice before you put it into the jug and add the juice directly.Top it with few ice cubes and enjoy!
How much to drink?
There is still no correct answer to this question. Some people say 2 cups is enough to enjoy the benefits of green tea, while some say 5-6 cups a day. I do not tend to over do things and prefer taking a middle path.
I consume about 2-3 cups a day or sometimes consume 2-3 cups once in two days. I prefer making myself a jar of iced green tea once in 2 days (as shown the picture) and keep alternating between iced green tea and strawberry infused water/lemon infused water (see recipe in my earlier blog posts).
Go greeeeeeen and give this a try!