Green tea, is a superfood!
Traditionally, green tea was mainly drunk in Asia, where it is known for its beneficial effects. According to one of the many legends, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung brought a pan of water to boil about 3000 BC. Leaves fell in the wind. A pleasant smell arose and that is how tea was discovered. Originally, tea was mainly drunk as a medicinal drink. For example, Shen Nung, the father of Chinese medicine, was able to remove various poisons from his body with the help of tea leaves. Chinese doctors throughout the ages advised their patients to drink green tea or put green tea compresses on the wounds.
Tea ceremonies are still a tradition in China, but also in Japan. These ceremonies consist of a series of predetermined actions in order to optimally enjoy the tea.
In recent years, studies have been conducted worldwide into the health effects of green tea. For example, it has been shown that consumption of green tea significantly reduces the incidence of cardiovascular disease. But older people who drink a lot of green tea also stay fit longer and require less help than their peers.
Health Benefits of Green Tea
The health benefits of green tea have been confirmed time and again by research. More and more scientific studies show that green tea (Camellia saneness) is not only a spicy, stimulating drink but also a plant that promotes our health in a broad way. Green tea contains a powerful plant nutrient called epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG. Below are “health reasons” why you should drink green tea regularly:
1. Reduces the risk of cancer.
2. Has antioxidant effects.
3. Slows Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
4. Kills bacteria that cause throat infections, cavities, and canker sores.
5. Less chance of thrombosis, thins the blood.
6. Reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease, stroke, and heart attack.
7. Lowers LDL cholesterol and raises HDL cholesterol.
8. Has a positive effect on the immune system and stimulates the antibiotic effect against viruses and fungi.
9. Promotes the skin against environmental toxins.
10. Green tea as a compress is cooling and healing for skin damage.
11. Promotes alertness, creativity, and concentration.
12. Strengthens the cartilage in the joints.
13. Stimulates fat burning by the liver.
14. Stimulates digestion and can therefore be used very well for weight loss.
15. Slows Down Mental Decline
Never drink green tea on an empty stomach. People with hypersensitivity to green tea (EGCG) and/or with liver problems are not advised to use this product. Green tea can reduce the effect of Beta-Blockers.
Lose weight with Green Tea
Many diets emphasize a balanced diet and/or the use of shakes, bars, etc. Losing weight with green tea together with a good and natural diet is tasty and healthy. Green tea contains antioxidants that help keep the body healthy and promote metabolism. This antioxidant, also called EGCG, ensures that the digestion of the body works better. As a result, your body quickly switches to burning the body fat to get energy from it. Green tea contains a small amount of caffeine, which can make it harder for you to fall asleep. Therefore, the advice, do not to drink green tea in the late evenings.
To make Tea
Making good tea is quite an art, in countries such as Japan and China there are entire tea ceremonies. We just fish a bag in a cup and our tea is ready. But the refined aroma and medicinal effect are lost because of this.
a. Regular tea 3 to 5 minutes
b. Darjeeling or Orange pekoe 7 to 8 minutes
c. Green tea never longer than 3 minutes
8. After the steeping time, take the bags down a few times and stir well if you use loose tea.
Variations of Green Tea
You can buy all kinds of green tea at health food stores or health food stores. You have capsules that promote digestion, but also green tea in powder form. You can use this Matcha, or green tea powder, in many ways. Matcha is a superfood that can be used in many tasty recipes. Make a delicious Matcha smoothie or green tea ice cream. The powder is also suitable as a natural coloring agent in cupcakes, macarons or other pastries
For a cup of tea with Matcha powder, bring the contents of your bowl to a boil 1 ½ times. Pour part into the bowl and let it stand for a while, let the rest cool down to about 80 degrees. Empty the bowl and add the slightly cooled water, add half a teaspoon of green tea. Beat this well, I myself use such a milk frother. In the Japanese tea ceremony, they use a chasen. This chasen looks a bit like a shaving brush and is made of bamboo. The tea should be silky smooth and foamy.
Green Tea Recipes
What do you need
- Tea biscuits recipe for 36 biscuits
- 280 grams of rice flour, can also be other flour.
- 100 grams finely chopped almonds
- 60 grams coconut blossom sugar
- 2 teaspoons green tea powder
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
This is how you make the cookies
1. Place baking paper on the baking tray.
2. Take a bowl and sift the flour with the tea powder and salt in it.
3. Beat the butter with a mixer on medium speed for a few minutes until creamy.
4. Add the coconut blossom sugar and beat until all the sugar has dissolved.
5. Add the flour and beat on low speed until the flour has just disappeared.
6. Fold the chopped nuts into the dough.
7. Sprinkle the work surface with flour and roll out the dough into a roll with a diameter of 5 cm.
8. Let the dough rest in the fridge for at least an hour.
9. After about 45 minutes, preheat the oven to 160/180 degrees.
10. Cut slices about a centimeter thick and place them on the baking pan.
11. Bake the cookies for 15 to 20 minutes until nicely colored. Not too dark or they will become very dry.
Green tea lime ice creams
What do you need
- Boiling water
- 2 bags of green tea
- juice of a lime
- 2 tablespoons honey (more if needed)
- ice cream molds
This is how you make the ice cream
1. Make a pot of tea according to the tea recipe.
2. Put 2 to 3 tablespoons of honey in the tea and stir it well.
3. Add the lemon juice.
4. Let the tea cool (not in the fridge) and fill the ice molds with the tea.
5. Freeze them in the freezer.
Green tea chia pudding recipe
What you need (2 persons)
500 ml almond milk
2 tablespoons agave syrup or maple syrup
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 teaspoon green tea powder
6 tablespoons chia seed
1 hand blueberries
1 hand raspberries
This is how you make the pudding
1. Put the milk together with the sweet, vanilla and green tea powder in a blender and pulse.
2. Pour the mixture over the chia seeds and put it in the fridge overnight or for 8 hours. The chia seeds must absorb all the moisture well.
3. Spoon the pudding into 2 bowls and serve with the blueberries and raspberries.
4. It is of course also possible to use other fruits.
Shrimp with Green Tea
What do you need (2 people)
- 1 bag of green tea
- 45ml water
- 200 grams peeled shrimps
- Pinch of salt and possibly some Japanese / Chinese herbs
- 1 teaspoon cornmeal
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- Soy sauce
- ½ cm fresh ginger
- ½ orange bell pepper
- ½ red bell pepper
- Oil for frying
This is how you make the shrimp
1. Bring the water to a boil and make tea.
2. Open the tea bag and set the tea aside for a while.
3. Clean and rinse the shrimps well and pat them dry.
4. In a bowl, mix the salt with the cornmeal and bread the prawns with this mixture.
5. Place the shrimp on a plate in the refrigerator.
6. Mix 1 tablespoon of soy sauce, 3 tablespoons of steeped tea, salt and optionally the Japanese/Chinese herbs, the sweetener and freshly ground pepper in a small bowl.
7. Cut the ginger into very small pieces.
8. Cut the peppers into strips.
9. Heat the oil in the wok.
10. Add the ginger.
11. After this, the shrimp and this well, add the tea leaves.
12. Stir-fry the shrimp until they are pink.
13. Add the bell pepper and let it fry for a minute.
14. Pour the previously made soy sauce paste and other ingredients into the wok.
15. Keep stirring until the sauce starts to thicken.
16. Season with some salt or soy sauce.
17. Serve with delicious wild rice.
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