Green Tea

I’ve grown to love green tea over the years. There are so many varieties of green tea, ranging from the bolder sencha to the more floral jasmine green. If you’re not a fan of green tea, you just may not have tried the one for you yet.

Green tea.

It goes without saying that green tea is renowned for its health benefits.

  • It has a low-moderate amount of caffeine, depending on the type of green tea you’re having. It also generally has a more balanced impact for people who are caffeine-sensitive (like me).
  • Probably the most-studied constituent of green tea – aside from caffeine – is epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG for short. ECGC is a fantastic antioxidant, which means it helps clean up damage like that from daily wear-and-tear or potentially the effects of illness in the body.

A few green tea options:

  • The most potent green tea – you may have guessed it – is matcha. Matcha is a very concentrated powder (literally dried green tea leaves crushed up) and packs a closer caffeine level to that of regular coffee. It’s traditionally made with hot (not boiling) water, but today you can find it in lattes, lemonades, baked goods, and more.
  • One of my favorite types of green tea is jasmine – and even this type varies depending on the brand you buy. Generally, it’s a lighter, more floral-tasting tea. Avoid steeping it for more than 2-3 minutes, or you’ll have a bitter brew.
  • Genmaicha is a popular green tea that includes popped brown rice, giving the tea a nuttier flavor. I’m not a big fan of the taste, but many people love it and find it easier to drink than other greens.
  • If you have an herbal tea you like, you could combine it with green tea too. Any kind of berry/fruity tea can go well here – think mango green, passion tea green, etc. (Nothing wrong with steeping two different bags, just consider adding more water so it’s not super strong-tasting.)

Lastly, green tea is so much better is you steep it at water around 180 degrees F rather than full-on boiling (tip if you’re using a kettle without a thermometer: approximate this by filling a third of your mug with water that’s cool/room temp on top of the hot). Bonus: it’s ready to sip sooner 🙂

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