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The road to well-being may be steeped in tea. Science continues to reveal just how potent this ancient beverage is. Green tea, for example, is loaded with catechins and phenols, which have been found to protect the heart and brain and extend life, not to mention help protect against cancer (a nice little “side effect” of this heart-healthy drink). Oh—and green tea also helps you lose weight! Similar healthy compounds and benefits have been identified in other types of tea, including black and white teas.
The following recipes let you savor the joys of summer and give your health a boost at the same time.
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Matcha Tea Tip
You can do a really terrific and unusual variation on this iced green tea beverage by substituting a legendary tea powder known as matcha for the four lemon green tea bags. Matcha is a very specific type of premium green tea grown only in Japan. It has a unique rich taste—full-bodied, astringent, with a lingering sweetness. But it’s also known for its numerous health benefits—rich in nutrients, antioxidants, blood-purifying chlorophyll, and, of course, the wonderful, calming amino acid, L-theanine.
If you use matcha, just substitute 1 tsp. of the powder for the tea bags: blend 1 cup of water, 1 cup of ice cubes, 1 tsp. of matcha powder, ½-inch peeled ginger root, the juice and zest of 1 small lime, and 1–2 Tbs. of raw local honey in a high-speed blender until frothy. Pour into a tall glass and enjoy at once.
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