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If you’re like me and you drink a gallon or more of water every day, you know it can get boring, very boring.  Did you know that tea is the second most popular drink in the world?  I thought it was wine, so imagine my surprise.  The simple addition of a few servings of green tea each day can positively effect your health.  Studies have shown the powerful antioxidants found in green tea, known as catechins, may aid in prevention of cancer, heart disease, lower blood pressure and LDL or “bad” cholesterol and aid in burning fat as well as a plethora of other benefits.

It is important to realize that not all herbal teas are actually real tea.  To be certain, check your labels.  Real tea comes from the  plant know as camellia sinensis and includes only four varieties; green, white, black, and oolong.  Green tea contains higher amounts of polyphenols, antioxidants that helps prevent free radicals in the body, at a range of 30-40% whereas black tea contains 3-10%.  Polyphenols have been shown to prevent disease and help maintain optimal health.  In addition, the thermogenic ability of green tea acts as a “fat burner” to aid in the boosting of your metabolism.  All of this sounds like a great reason to enjoy some Tazo, my favorite green tea!

Here’s a great way to enjoy green tea and without the heavy calories of a Starbucks Iced Green Tea Latte.  Many call for soy milk, but I opt for almond milk. Use what you prefer.

Green Tea Latte:

  • 1 cup cold unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 cup ice
  • 1tbsp warm water
  • 1tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp matcha (powdered green tea)

Blend all ingredients in a blender and serve!

 

 

 

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