Thursday, May 27, 2010

Drink to your Health

As summer starts to heat up I thought you all might like to try this Green Tea Lemonade recipe. I co-hosted a ladies tea recently and wanted to make Rachel Ray's Lavender Tea Lemonade however finding organic lavender buds over here just wasn't going to happen. So I substituted the lavender for 7 bags of orange, passionfruit, and jasmine green tea.

Green tea is high in flavonoid antioxidants and has a long list of health benefits, such as reducing chances of heart disease and developing certain types of cancer. Some claim that green tea can help with weight loss since green tea induces thermogenesis and stimulates fat oxidation. Some clinical human studies suggest that green tea can reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, dental cavities, kidney stones, and cancer, while improving bone density and cognitive function. So, drink up!

I love this recipe and have already made it 3 times!

7 bags of flavored green tea, or your favorite tea
1/2 cup sugar
Juice of 3 lemons

1. Bring 4 cups water to a low boil. Add tea bags and let steep for 10 minutes. Bring 3 cups water to a low boil, add the sugar and stir until dissolved.
2. Combine the tea and sugar mixtures in a pitcher and stir in the lemon juice. Serve over ice.

Enjoy the pools opening, the cook-outs, and nice weather. Have a wonderful Memorial weekend!

1 comment:

Mary said...

Can I send you organic lavender buds without them being confiscated for anthrax, lavender bird flu, or some such? If so you will have some very soon!

Have a wonderful, wonderful time on mainland Japan this weekend. Pick out some extra-special places to take me when I visit! :)