Raspberry Green Tea Lemonade
Tea experts will tell you that green teas are the healthiest beverage on the planet. Loaded with antioxidants and nutrients that have powerful effects on the body. Attributes include improved brain function, fat loss, making your skin healthier, and lowering your risk for cancers.
I love drinking teas, pretty much all types of teas, and I try to drink it regularly. I think drinking tea calms me, and who couldn’t use a little calming now and then, but that’s beside my point here. At the top of my list of favorite teas to drink are green teas. You will read just about everywhere that green tea is so good for you that it’s even got researchers raving about its benefits.
The reason for this is the catechin content in the tea. What are catechins? Catechins are water-soluble polyphenols extracted from the leaves, into the water, which is then consumed. In a word, they are a specific kind of antioxidant called flavonoids that protect and may even prevent cell damage. Green tea is not processed as much as other teas before it’s poured in your cup, so therefore it’s rich in catechins.
Of course, no one food, or drink, in this case, can protect you from disease. Your total health is wrapped up in your lifestyle, and your genes have a lot to do with it too. Even if you were to drink green tea from sun up to sun down every day, you would still need to take care of yourself in other ways, like being active, eating a healthy diet, and not smoking.
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- Improved blood flow and boosting heart health
- Lowering cholesterol
- Fighting depression
- Improving brain function and health as you age
- Burning fat and improving physical performance resulting in weight loss
- Lowering the risk of some types of cancer
- Improving dental health and risk of infection
- Lowering your risk of Type 2 Diabetes
- Improving overall health
- Living Longer
So, how much should you drink? The jury is still out on determining just how many cups are necessary to achieve maximum health benefits.
For me, I figure a cup now and then can’t do any harm – especially when it tastes this good made into Raspberry Green Tea Lemonade.
Raspberry Green Tea Lemonade
- 1 Gallon Pitcher
- Kettle, pan or microwave for boiling water
- Steep loose-leaf tea in 180ºF boiling water for 8-10 minutes.
- While the tea is steeping, juice the lemons.
- Strain the tea. Add the sweetener of your choice (honey or maple syrup) while the tea is still hot to dissolve.
- Add the lemon juice, and stir.
- To serve, use equal amounts of tea and cold water. Pour over ice. Enjoy!
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(Nutritional values are an approximation. Actual nutritional values may vary due to preparation techniques, variations related to suppliers, regional and seasonal differences, or rounding.)