Thursday, April 15, 2010
A reader asked for my iced green tea recipe and it's really easy. But before I get to that I want to point out some great health reasons to have green tea readily available rather than the more common black tea. Researchers have found that a compound in green tea inhibits the growth of cancer cells There is also research that shows drinking green tea lowers cholesterol levels and improves the ratio of good cholesterol to bad. It's also believed to be helpful with rheumatoid arthritis, cardiovascular disease, infection and impaired immune function. It has Vitamin C, several B vitamins which are water soluble and quickly released, riboflavin, niacin, folic acid, magnesium, potassium, manganese, fluoride and it's full of antioxidants.
AND it has a nice mellow flavor.
Be aware that green tea does contain some caffeine. HERE is an article that tells you how much caffeine is in it as well as how to decrease it while you're brewing it.
So here's how to make ANY kind of iced tea.
Put 4 tea bags in a 2 quart pitcher. Pour about two inches of boiling water over the bags and put the lid on. Let set for 15 minutes to brew. After 15 minutes remove the tea bags (these can go directly in your compost). Resist the urge to squeeze them. If you do, you run the risk of making your tea bitter. Then fill your container with cool water and refrigerate. At our house we all have different sweetener levels so I don't pre-sweeten the tea. We sweeten it in our glasses with honey or sugar. With honey and a bit of lemon juice, it tastes a lot like Arizona Green Tea.
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