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.
- Using a blender, blend together the hot tea and coconut oil.
- 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).
- 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.
Green tea undoubtedly has multiple health benefits for someone who drinks it daily. However, not all green teas have a good taste. Few can be tannic and bitter and may leave an unpleasant taste in your mouth. At The Tea Trove, we provide different natural flavours of fruits, flowers, herbs, and spices that can be added to your tea to make it more interesting and tastier.
Here are few of the flavours that will work best with any of the green teas available: Marigold: Marigold, also known as Calendula, is a yellow or orange coloured flower used as a colouring and flavouring agent for foods as rice, cereals and soups. However, the Calendula tea made from the petals of the Calendula flower has been brewed as a natural medicine for thousands of years. As with most of the herbal teas, the Calendula tea also has a number of health benefits like reducing inflammation, promoting wound healing, and as an antiseptic. Rose: Simply the fragrance of this light herbal tea is enough to calm a tired mind! Light and fragrant like a delicate perfume, the infusion is soothing, soft and refreshing. These intensely fragrant and beautiful rose petals release an almost euphoric aroma and flavour. It helps in building a strong immune system, strengthening the digestive system and in detoxification.
Lemon Peel: Lemon peel is the outer skin of the citrus fruit, lemon. Because the peel is where the essential oils of the fruit reside, it retains its robust flavour, even when dried. It provides a refreshing, lemony flavour to the tea blends.
Orange Peel: The orange peel is a perfect ingredient for a refreshing herbal blend. With undertones of grapefruit, the orange peel makes a rich, hearty, and tangy blend. It lends a deep aroma to your tea blend and adds a unique citrusy flavour.
Chamomile: Chamomile tea is known to be a natural stress reducer. However, that’s not the only thing it does. Its vast healing properties will surprise you! It cures sleeping problems, is an antidepressant, an anti-inflammatory, and also deals with menstrual cramps You can also use chamomile tea bags to topically treat tired eyes, dark circles around eyes and treat bee stings, acne and burns. This caffeine free herbal infusion is delicious served with honey.
Lemongrass: Lemongrass is a cooling, clear, and crisp herbal tea with a distinctive, spicy, lemony aroma. It has a zesty flavour reminiscent of lemon. Add it as a complementing flavour to your favourite tea blend, or drink it on its own. Either way, you can reap its medicinal properties and its various health benefits like stress reduction, better digestion, and to relieve fatigue. Peppermint: Our whole Peppermint leaf infusion is striking and strong, with a fantastically fresh and cleansing minty flavour. Great both as a hot and iced tea, peppermint helps soothe an upset stomach, and can also help clear out a cold. If you have dry or dull skin, drinking peppermint tea can help your skin to rid itself of dead skin cells and get you glowing.
Tulsi: Tulsi also known as Holy Basil, an ancient Ayurvedic herb, is one of roughly 60 species of the Basil family. A Tulsi tea has a crisp flavour with slightly peppery notes and a grassy clean finish. It contains antioxidants and strengthens the body against fatigue and stress. With anti-viral properties, Tulsi also helps reduce inflammation, stomach illness, and headaches. This tea is completely organic, all natural, and contains no GMOs.
Cinnamon: Cinnamon lends a delicious sweet flavour to any tea blend. It gives out a heady aroma that will instantly uplift our mood. Lower your cholesterol – and protect your heart health – with this cinnamon tea. It is filled with potent antioxidants, improves circulation, and reduces swelling and pains.
Ginger: Ginger provides a warm, comforting taste to your tea. Milk, sugar, and even honey, blend well with a cup of ginger tea. Rich in digestive enzymes that help the body process and digest food, it also quells inflammation and reduces joint pain. It also helps calm motion sickness.
People have been drinking green tea for centuries now. This is probably one of the oldest beverage preparation in history. Have you ever wondered why people drink green tea until now? Well, studies have proven that drinking green tea has a lot of health benefits. For one, it is well known to have antioxidising benefits. The animal kingdom needs oxygen in order to survive and that includes the humans.
Body processes need oxygen. This element is abundantly found in the air and with proper intake, it burns the glucose and fat present in the body to supply the needed heat and energy. So you see, oxygen is an essential element needed by the body but anything in excess is harmful and too much oxygen can also have negative effects.
The byproducts of oxidation are free radicals. Sometimes, other molecules interact with the free radicals and so these molecules are also turned into free radicals which can disrupt the normal functioning of the said molecules. If this continue to happen, it could lead to tissue damage and finally, cell destruction.
There are even times when the abnormal functioning of molecules can lead to certain degenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease, rheumatoid arthritis, artherosclerosis, cancer, heart diseases, and Parkinson’s disease. Humans are quite fortunate because their bodies are equipped with the right defenses in order to prevent the free radical’s harmful effects.
By eating a lot of fruits and vegetables which contain antioxidants, the free radicals are prevented from causing any harm to the human body. Aside from fruits and vegetables, you can also get antioxidants from green tea. As you can see, by drinking green tea and eating the right amount of fruits and veggies, you can prevent diseases and cell damage.
The tea plant or Camellia Sinensis is popular for its antioxidants which fights diseases. The Chinese people have been using the tea plant for centuries and you can usually find green tea in every household. The Chinese believe that the tea is a very healthy beverage whic promotes good health and well being. Aside from China, green tea is also widely used in Thailand, India, and Japan.
Traditional Chinese and Indian medicines usually contain green tea because it can serve as a stimulant, an astringent (to heal wounds and control bleeding), as a diuretic (to promote the excretion of urine), and an agent that can improve the heart’s health. Green tea is rich in polycatechins which is responsible for the many health benefits. The tea also contains other ingredients which further enhance its antioxidising properties.
Catechins are powerful antioxidants. Aside from it, green tea contains vitamins C, E, and A. It also has properties which makes it anti-carcinogenic, neuro-protective, cardio-protective, and anti-microbial. Green tea is well known to prevent cancer because of the antioxidant called epigallocatechin gallate.
Now that you know the benefits of drinking green tea, don’t you think it’s also time that you start taking it? Let healing wonders of green tea improve your overall health. There are now a lot of green tea products sold in the market at very affordable prices. aside from the green tea drinks, you can also find health supplements which contain extracts of green tea. For optimum health and well being, try to incorporate green tea to you diet.
If you’re trying to lose weight or you simply want to maintain your current weight, it would also help a lot if you make it a habit to drink green tea before, during, and after meals. But always remember, too much of anything can also be harmful. So just take green tea in the right amount.