Did you know that green tea is the IDEAL plant-based summertime drink?
Green Tea isn’t just for a healthy cup of tea to warm you up. Did you know that chilled green tea makes for a delicious summer beverage? Make the switch from lemonade and other chilled drinks to reduce liquid calories and to fill your diet with a plant-based healthy beverage!
Health Benefits of Green Tea
1. Green Tea contains an abundance of antioxidants.
Think of the term “antioxidant” as a shield against harmful flying objects. In reality, these “flying objects” are free radicals. Free radicals are molecules that cause tissue damage and aging. These could be things such as cigarette smoke, radiation, UV rays, pesticides, various drugs, smog, and other forms of environmental pollution.
Picture these harmful microscopic contaminants swirling around you. Antioxidants will help shield you from harm, essentially. Think of them as superheroes! They are special molecules that can help stop those free radicals — they are able to neutralize their effects.
2. Green Tea can help you feel relaxed.
Green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which was discovered in green tea back in the late 1940’s. L-theanine is believed to help enhance brain chemistry and may help reduce the symptoms of anxiety. In fact, there have been many scientific studies on this amino acid, which has been shown to possibly help reduce stress, help with sleep disturbances, and promote a sense of rejuvenation and calm.
3. Green Tea may boost your metabolism.
Multiple scientific studies suggest that green tea may increase fat burning as a metabolism booster. This is because of a catechin called EGCG that is present in green tea. EGCG may help increase the calorie burn rate in the body, although studies are not yet 100% proven.
4. Green Tea may help you concentrate a bit better.
The caffeine in green tea is believed to have a positive cognitive effect. Multiple studies show that everything from mood to memory and reaction time can be improved by caffeine. We mentioned L-theanine earlier. That also has an impact on the brain. L-theanine is believed to work in synergy with caffeine to increase alpha waves and dopamine in the brain. Study subjects have reported improved concentration and productivity after consuming green tea.
5. Green tea is so easy to cold brew in the refrigerator!
Try this easy recipe with any white, green, or oolong tea! In our humble opinion, cold-brewing works best with teas that are lightly oxidized!
TROPICANA BANANA COLD BREW
Three Easy Steps!
1. TEA – Put 2-3 tablespoons of Tropicana Banana Green tea into a large paper tea filter (or into our 48oz. Cold Brew Iced Tea Maker!)
2. WATER – Fill a pitcher (or our cold brew iced tea maker) with 48oz. of fresh clean cold filtered water! TIP: The better the water, the better your tea!
3. REFRIGERATE – Put your pitcher or cold brew tea maker in the refrigerator for 4-8 hours.
Once the tea is done cold-brewing, remove your paper tea filter or strainer (if using the cold brew tea maker). Serve over ice and enjoy!
Recipe Variation: Banana Lime Cold Brew Tea with Chocolate Mint!
Add fresh lime slices and chocolate mint leaves to the cold-brew mixture or any fresh fruit that appeals to you.
Go ahead – make yourself a cup (or a pitcher) of cold-brewed green tea. We have so many new varieties from which to choose and enjoy! Let us know how you feel after adding more green tea to your day.