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Tea: The King of Antioxidant Drinks

Did you know that tea is one of the most often consumed beverages in the world?

Its popularity has ancient origins, and, for decades, this refreshing drink has been obtaining infusing different varieties of Camellia Sinensis leaves, an Asian herbaceous plant. This is the reason why everybody agrees on the fact that Asia is teaโ€™s home.ย  ย 

Always used as an elixir in traditional medicine, tea is powered by polyphenols, which are molecules with very high anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory action. When polyphenols compose theine, they make tea a slightly stimulating, but without exciting the nervous system.

Drink one or two cups of tea every day to protect your body cells from aging, counteract oxidative stress, and maintain your mental focus, all without exceeding daily calorie intake!

To enjoy this anti-oxidant beverage even more and differently, here you are three easy-to-do tea recipes.

  • Lucha: Green Tea with Cucumber and Mint
  • Hongcha: Black Tea with Orange Zest and Ginger
  • Baicha: White Tea with Lemon and Basil

Lucha: Green Tea with Cucumber and Mint

Green tea on a table with purple flowers and other plants

INGREDIENTS

  • Green tea leaves (high in antioxidants)
  • Mint (10 leaves)
  • Cucumber (5 slices)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pour 5 l boiling water into a large heatproof jug. Add the green tea leaves and leave to steep for 2 mins.
  • Once the tea has steeped, pour away the water in a teapot, straining the drink.
  • Add to the beverage, the mint, and the sliced cucumber.
  • Enjoy the Lucha still hot, or let it cool in the fridge.
  • Garnish with extra cucumber slices if you like!

Hongcha: Black tea with Orange Zest and Ginger

black ceramic teapot from which the tea comes out

Did you know that black tea has a beneficial effect on gut bacterial flora? This benefit is feasible thanks to its fermentation process.

INGREDIENTS

  • Black tea leaves
  • Orange zest (1 orange)
  • Ginger (few slices)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Fill a large teapot with just-boiled water.
  • Add to the water the black tea leaves, half orange zest, and few slices of ginger root.
  • Leave to steep for 2 mins, and then strain the tea in a teapot.
  • Add to the drink, some other orange zest and ginger slices, and let it cool in the fridge for a few hours.
  • Serve the frozen Hongcha and enjoy it as a delicious soft aperitif.

Baicha: White Tea with Lemon and Basil

White tea with lemon and ginger zest

Did you know that white tea benefits your body with its disinfectant action? Moreover, its flavor is very delicate, so lemon zest and fragrant basil might be great taste enhancers.

INGREDIENTS

  • White tea leaves
  • Basil (12 chopped leaves)
  • Lemon (zest)

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Pour 1.5 l hot water into a heatproof jug.
  • Add the tea leaves and leave to steep for 2 mins.
  • Strain the white tea into a teapot and add the basil and the lemon zest.
  • Let the beverage cool in the fridge.
  • Enjoy this outstanding drink, especially in the morning, before breakfast.

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Refresh yourself with these wholesome drinks during the warm days of May and the coming months.

Take the best of their benefits in a yummy way!

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Author: Nutri-coach Francesca Deriu

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