Green tea, as you’ve probably heard from every doctor and nutritionist across the nation, is high in disease-fighting antioxidants and is used for everything from cancer prevention to weight loss. In this I-want-it-all-in-a-fingersnap society, we can find it ice cold in almost any vending machine.
In particular, the Lipton Company boasts that its Citrus Iced Green Tea is “full of clean taste, vitality, and great flavor” as well as “protective flavonoid antioxidants.”
They forgot to mention high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, sodium hexametaphosphate, ascorbic acid, phosphoric acid, sodium benzoate, potassium sorbate, calcium disodium edta, yellow 5, and blue 1.
If you’re like me and don’t like to chug ingredients you can’t pronounce, read on.
There’s only one solution to the artificially flavored green tea problem: brew your own. It’s so easy, and it’s cheaper, fresher and healthier than the bottled stuff. It's even better than the diet powder packets you pour into water bottles.
Here’s what I do:
1. Boil 1 medium saucepan full of water
2. Add 2-3 bags of green tea and lower heat of stovetop (3 bags for stronger tea)
3. Steep for about 3 minutes
4. Add slices of oranges, lemons, (or whatever citrus fruit you have) and frozen berries to help chill the tea (and add an extra antioxidant boost)
5. Sweeten as desired with honey (or, if you are diabetic / avoid sugar, you might want to try Stevia, a natural sweetener sold in the organic sections of most supermarkets, and in the dietary supplement section of Whole Foods...I'll elaborate on this in another post)
My favorite add-ins are fresh orange slices and dried mint leaves (you can find them in the spice aisle of most supermarkets). These will be sure to wake you up if you’re feeling sluggish.
The combination of fresh fruit and fresh/dry herbs always puts me in a good mood.
I like to pour my freshly brewed tea (after it cools down) into empty water bottles and keep them in the fridge.