Sunday, October 6, 2013

Green tea apple cider :)

It's fall, and a lot of us like to enjoy a hot cup of Apple Cider, but why not make it a cup of Green tea apple cider! I took one of my favorite Green tea bags and brewed it in about 1/4 cup of hot water, then added my apple cider to it, with a dash of cinnamon, and voila....delish with a side-kick of "healthy". 

Like I've mentioned in a post before, apples have so many health benefits. Now add that with green tea, which is one of the healthiest drinks I know, and is beyond a super food. Over the years studies have shown so many health benefits to green tea. It is all about the Catechins which are antioxidants that fight and possibly even prevent cell damage, and green tea isn't processed much, so it is rich in catechins.  Green tea has shown to improve heart health with cholesterol issues, high blood pressure, and congestive heart failure.
It's known to help with brain health, diabetes, weight loss, stress levels, and so much more. Well, and that little added dash of cinnamon adds even more health benefits from helping stabilize blood sugar levels, to helping with bad cholesterol, and other antibacterial qualities.

~Don't add green tea to boiling water. You will kill helpful catechins. Just heat your water to about 160-170   degree water.
~Adding lemon to your regular cup of green tea for the vitamin C makes the healthy compounds in green tea easier to absorb. Apple cider has vitamin C in it as well, so there you go! Don't use any dairy if possible, as it makes it harder to absorb the catechins.
~Levels of the healthful compounds in green tea can vary, so it really does make a difference in purchasing a   pricier teas vs. the lower cost canned green-tea drinks which will have less.