Energy-Boosting Coconut Green Tea

Recipe From My Longevity Kitchen

Tea is one of the simplest drinks you can prepare, and it happens to be one of the healthiest as well. The great thing about it is that there are various types of tea to please everyone’s palate, and you can add more ingredients to further enhance the taste and the nutritional profile. But out of all the varieties sold in the market, green tea is probably the best.

This green tea recipe from My Longevity Kitchen is a great mid-afternoon snack that will lift your spirits. It can even be used as a pre-workout drink to maximize your performance at the gym.

Energy-Boosting Coconut Green Tea
Ingredients
  • 1 serving of prepared hot, organic green tea
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • Grass fed vanilla whey protein powder
  • Generous dash of cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon medium-chain triglyceride (MCT) oil, optional
Procedure
  1. Using a blender, blend together the hot tea and coconut oil.
  2. Carefully touch the mixture with your finger to test the temperature. If it’s too hot to touch, then it needs to cool a little longer before you add the whey protein powder (to avoid damaging the nutrients).
  3. Once it’s at a temperature you can comfortably touch, add the protein powder and cinnamon. Blend again. Enjoy!
    Note: Different brands of whey protein powders have varying levels of nutritional content and sweetness. Try adding 2 tablespoons first and then adjust to your preferred taste.

Green Tea Is an Amazing Source of Powerful Antioxidants

Green tea contains a high concentration of polyphenols, which offer around 25 to 100 times better antioxidant activity compared to vitamins C and E. Many studies have been done regarding this super food, and findings suggest that it may help with:

  • Cardiovascular health: Consuming green tea regularly can help lower harmful cholesterol levels (LDL) and raise good cholesterol levels (HDL).1
  • Weight management: The catechins in green tea can help you lose weight by boosting your metabolism and promoting fat burning in your body.2
  • Cancer: Results from various studies suggest that green tea may help lower your risk of pancreatic,3 breast,4 esophageal,5colorectal,6 ovarian,7 skin8 and stomach9 cancers.
  • Diabetes: Findings from a 2013 study indicate that green tea may have a positive effect against the symptoms of type 2 diabetes.10
  • Brain function: Green tea may help improve cognitive performance as you age. In a 2010 study, researchers discovered that the polyphenols helped suppress brain beta amyloid plaque formation in mice.11

Coconut Oil Adds Healthy Fats to Make This Beverage ‘Energy-Boosting’

The medium-chain fatty acids (MCFAs) in coconut oil provide a clean, healthy source of energy because they don’t add to your weight. That’s because this type of fat is immediately absorbed and converted by your liver into fuel. And that’s not all — the MCFAs help improve the absorption of fat-soluble vitamins. I use coconut oil as much as I can in my cooking due to the benefits mentioned above, as well as for the following reasons:

  • Immune system boost: The various fatty acids and lipids in coconut oil can boost your immune system. They have been found to help combat harmful microbes such as yeast, viruses and bacteria.12
  • Heart health: Similar to green tea, consuming coconut oil can help lower your bad (LDL) cholesterol levels and increase good (HDL) cholesterol levels.13
  • Hunger reduction: Coconut oil’s MCFAs can help you feel full longer, helping reduce your overall calorie consumption. In one study, participants who ate MCFAs consumed 256 fewer calories on average compared to high-fat diet eaters.14

Whey Adds Important Proteins That Can Help With Muscle Repair

Whey is a high-quality protein isolated from cow’s milk. It is essentially a byproduct formed during cheese-making when enzymes are added in the milk to create curds. The liquid portion that’s left is the whey protein, which is then turned into a powder.15

The main benefit of whey is that it is quickly absorbed by your muscles within 10 to 15 minutes of consumption. It also contains leucine, an amino acid that helps speed up muscle repair, making it a popular supplement for fitness enthusiasts. If you exercise regularly, whey protein can benefit your routine.

However, make sure to consume whey and other protein-rich foods in moderation. Excess protein can negatively affect your mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR), a signaling pathway that can play a role in the development of cancer. Only purchase whey protein made from grass fed milk to ensure you are consuming a high-quality product.

Cinnamon Adds More Nutrients to Boost the Tea’s Nutritional Profile

Cinnamon is a spice derived from the inner bark of the cinnamomum tree, which is then left out to dry to produce the color, flavor and aroma for which it’s known. Studies have found that cinnamon contains different compounds that may provide health benefits, such as:

  • Increasing antioxidant function: Cinnamon is rich in polyphenols, which can help eliminate free radicals throughout your body.16
  • Regulating inflammation response: Consuming cinnamon can help promote proper inflammatory response, thanks to its various essential oils.17
  • Controlling insulin sensitivity: According to a 2010 study in the Journal of Diabetes of Science and Technology, cinnamon has the potential to lower your risk of insulin resistance, metabolic syndrome and type 2 diabetes.18

About the Blog

Inspired by the ideas from the “Perfect Health Diet” and the Weston A. Price Foundation, Marisa Moon started her blog My Longevity Kitchen so she can share with other people her whole food and gluten-free recipes that maximize nutrition and minimize toxins. Her blog has been nominated for Paleo Magazine’s 2015 Best New Blog Award. All of her recipes are gluten free and compliant with a variety of ancestral diets and real food lifestyles.

Apart from managing her blog, Marisa also teaches nutritional lifestyle workshops and develops recipes for HI-VIBE, an organic superfood juicery, all in Chicago, Illinois.

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7 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Coconut Oil

It is a common misconception that coconut oil is bad for you. People all over the world are experiencing the healthy benefits of using coconut oil. It is actually one of the healthiest oils you can consume. Here are the top seven reasons why you should use coconut oil as an alternative to other common cooking oils.

1. Coconut oil doesn’t turn to fat in your body.

Unlike many other common oils, like soy (vegetable) and corn, coconut oil won’t make you fat. Coconut oil contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCT), which are an easy fuel for the body to burn, without turning to fat. Most other cooking oils and fats contain long-chain triglycerides (LCT). LCT’s are usually stored as fat. Since coconut oil is a MCT, it is more easily absorbed and converted to energy quicker.

People in the tropics have relied on coconuts as a traditional staple in their diet for centuries. They consume large amounts of coconut oil every day. Instead of getting fatter, it helps them stay healthy, lean and trim. When they switch from coconut oil to our modern oils, they develop obesity and the health problems that our modern society faces.

Some other people who have known this truth for a long time are people who are in the animal feed business. When livestock are fed vegetable oils, they put on weight and produce more fatty meat. When they are fed coconut oil, they become very lean.

2. Coconut oil increases your metabolism.

Not only does coconut oil convert to energy quicker in your body, it increases your metabolism, which promotes weight loss. Because it boosts your metabolism, it helps your body burn fat more effectively.

Coconut oil may triple your calorie burn. Since coconut oil is a MCT, it is converted to energy so quickly that it creates a lot of heat. In a study published in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, MCT’s burn three times more calories for six hours after a meal than LCT’s.

The February 15, 2005 issue of Woman’s World magazine stated that coconut oil is the “underground high-metabolism secret.”

This is great news for people who have thyroid problems, since coconut oil improves sluggish thyroids by stimulating the production of extra thyroid hormones. Most other common oils, like vegetable (soy) and corn have been shown to inhibit thyroid function.

3. Coconut oil has omega 3 fatty acids.

Most cooking oils contain omega 6 fatty acids, something we get way too much of in the United States. Our omega 6 to omega 3 ratio should be 1:1 but it is more like 50:1. We need to drastically cut back our omega 6 oils and consume much more omega 3 oils to be healthy. And coconut oil is filled with these healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

4. Coconut oil gives you energy.

Because of the healthy omega 3 fatty acids and the fact that it increases the metabolism, most people that switch to coconut oil feel a burst of added energy in their daily life.

This is because coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s), which increase metabolic rates and lead to weight loss. MCT’s promote thermogenesis, which increases the body’s metabolism, producing energy.

This is because coconut oil is nature’s richest source of medium-chain triglycerides (MCT’s), which increase metabolic rates and lead to weight loss. MCT’s promote thermogenesis, which increases the body’s metabolism, producing energy. Many people with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia have found that adding coconut and coconut oil to their diet was helpful to them.

5. One of the best things you can use on your skin and hair is coconut oil.

Coconut oil one of the best things you can apply directly on your skin and hair. It gives temporary relief to skin problems like rashes. It aids in healing and restoring skin to a younger appearance. It has also been known to help with people who suffer from yeast infections in the skin, as well as many other skin problems.

Not only does is soften and smooth your skin, coconut oil has antioxidant properties that protect the skin from free radical damage. Coconut oil makes excellent massage oil too.

6. Coconut oil has healthy benefits that most other oils do not.

Evidence is mounting that coconut oil has anti-fungal, anti-bacterial and anti-viral effects when both consumed and used topically on the skin.

Most oils oxidize and turn rancid very quickly causing free radical damage in our bodies. Coconut oil is not easily oxidized and does not cause harmful free radical damage like polyunsaturated vegetable oils. Free radical damage is thought to be responsible for many ailments in our body from arthritis to increased susceptibility to cancers.

Coconut oil also helps our bodies absorb other nutrients more effectively, such as Vitamin E.

7. Coconut oil is one of the best oils you can use for cooking.

It has a higher smoke point than olive oil, which means it can take higher temperatures better. There are several healthy omega 3 oils we can choose to consume, such as flax and olive oil, but they don’t do well under the high heat we use for cooking. Coconut oil can be used in higher cooking temperatures.

It is harder for coconut oil to go rancid, unlike other cooking oils, which are usually rancid long before you even bring them home. Rancid oils cause free radical damage in the body, which is a leading cause of cancer. Coconut oil is stable for over a year at room temperature.

Because of the misinformation we have been given for years, we have lost out on the healthy benefits that coconut oil has given the people of the tropics for centuries. But now it has been rediscovered! Coconut oil is so effective, it won’t be long before we see coconut oil supplements promoted, but you can get the jump on the popular crowd and start consuming and cooking with coconut oil today!