If you’re like me, your favorite hot beverage of choice is coffee. There is nothing better than a large cup of coffee in the morning to help you jump start your day. But there is another hot beverage out there that has numerous health benefits but doesn’t get nearly enough attention – green tea!
Green tea is loaded with powerful antioxidants like polyphenol, which fight free radicals and is the key to green tea’s numerous health benefits. Epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG) is the most prevalent polyphenol in green tea and is shown to most effectively eliminate free radicals. These good for you nutrients found in green tea can help improve skin and protect against aging, boost immunity, increase weight loss, balance blood sugar levels, lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol(1).
Just one of the above health benefits is reason enough to get on the green tea band wagon. Luckily there is no shortage of green tea to choose from. A few that we’re loving right now are:
Good Earth – This good for you green tea company uses no artificial flavors, colors or preservatives, is Kosher and gluten free and features 100% recycled and recyclable cartons. Choose from a variety of tasty green teas like Citrus Kiss, Matcha Maker, Organic Tropical Rush and Pomegranate Burst.
Village Tea Company – This tea company puts an emphasis on high quality teas that keep the environment and consumers in mind and only uses loose tea leaf in all of their batches. Green tea options include Gentle Organic Lemon Ginger, Sassy Green Tea, Smooth Jasmine and Peachy Green Tea with Acai.
Pukka Teas – Pukka Herbs offers a wide range of award winning teas based on the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda – ‘the art of living wisely.’ All teas are Fairtrade and FairWild, and a portion of every pack sold helps WWF’s Living Himalayas project. Choose from Supreme Matcha Green, Clean Green, Serene Jasmine Green and Cool Mint green.
Not a fan of the green tea flavor? No fears, you can make your own healthy green tea concoctions at home to suite your taste. We’ve found a few recipes on Pinterest that sound delicious like a Green Tea Mango Smoothie, Green Tea Lemonade or Green Tea Ice Pops!