9 Healthy and Tasty Green Tea Recipes to Try Today

  

Green tea is considered to be the healthiest beverage in the world. It is packed with powerful antioxidants and essential nutrients that have great effects on the body. A cup of green tea instead of coffee is a perfect way to start your day. It’s a soothing and refreshing beverage that you can drink hot or cold, and it’s a huge metabolism-booster that can help you burn fat fast. So, if you are looking to drop several unwanted pounds, consider including a cup or two of green tea in your everyday diet. While many teas contain antioxidants and vitamins, green tea goes one step further. Not only does green tea help lose weight, it also helps reduce the risk of heart disease and cancer. You see, there are many reasons to drink green tea, but you may wonder how to make healthy green tea at home. Here are a few amazingly healthy and tasty green tea recipes to try.

1. Mango Calendula Green Tea

When sweetened with ginger and mango, healthy green tea makes refreshing afternoon beverage or sweet fruity iced tea. Dried calendula flowers are available in any health food store so I think it won’t be difficult to find them. I don’t recommend adding sugar, but if you want to accentuate the fruity flavor, you can add a little bit of it.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup (250 mL) of green tea leaves
  • 1/2 hard mango
  • 2 tbsp of dried calendula flowers, crumbled
  • 1 piece of gingerroot

Portion size: 30

Directions:

Start with peeling mango, then slice mango and gingerroot crosswise into thick slices. Put on racks and let them dry overnight at room temperature. Next, cut mango into long pieces using scissors. Mix together green tea leaves, dried mango, ginger, and calendula and spoon into airtight jar or decorative bag.

2. Honeydew Mint Iced Tea

This green tea recipe is super easy and delightfully tasty. Although it takes a lot of time to make it, it will be worth it in the end, I promise.

Ingredients:

  • 5 bags of green tea
  • 3 cups of honeydew melon, peeled, cubed
  • 1 cup of mint leaves
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar

Portion size: 8

Directions:

In a large bowl or heatproof measure, steep tea in 8 cups of boiling water for about 4 minutes and discard bags. Meantime, in a large saucepan, put sugar, melon, mint leaves and 1 cup of water and bring to the boil. Then, reduce heat and simmer approximately 8 minutes or until melon is very soft and broken down. Add to your tea, let it cool for about 30 minutes and put in your fridge for 2 hours. Strain mixture through cheesecloth-lined sieve, discard solids, and serve with some ice cubes.

3. Rose Petal Green Tea

Rose petal green tea is probably my favorite one because it really helps me relax after a hard, work day and helps me sleep better.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of green tea leaves
  • 2 oranges
  • 1/2 cup of dried rose petals, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup of hibiscus, crumbled

Portion size: 35

Directions:

Start with peeling rind from oranges using your vegetable peeler. Let dry on rack at room temperature about 24 hours or until brittle. Break into 1/4-inch pieces. Then mix together green tea leaves, orange rind, hibiscus and rose petals, and spoon into airtight jar or decorative bag.

4. Green Ginger Mint Tea

Gunpowder green tea with spearmint is a famous Moroccan drink that is a great digestive. If you’ve never tried this drink, you should definitely try it. Gunpowder tea is rolled into little balls which unfurl in hot water and release a slightly smoky, bitter infusion. Green ginger mint tea is also great iced. You can sweeten it with honey, if you want.

Ingredients:

  • 2 oranges or 4 tangerines
  • 1 piece of gingerroot
  • 1 cup of green tea leaves, gunpowder
  • 2 bunches of spearmint without stems

Portion size: 30

Directions:

Start with peeling rind from oranges or tangerines. Place them on rack and start slicing gingerroot into 3 mm (1/8-inch) thick slices, then remove some leaves from 2 bunches of spearmint. Place them on rack. Let dry 24 hours or until brittle at room temperature. Break into 2.5 cm (1-inch) pieces. Mix together green tea leaves, tangerine (orange) rind, mint leaves and ginger, and spoon into airtight jar or decorative bag.

5. Raspberry Iced Green Tea

Unique, bright and colorful, raspberry iced green tea is delightfully fruity and tart. You can serve with raspberry ice cubes or lime slices, if you want.

Ingredients:

  • 5 bags of green tea
  • 1/2 cup of granulated sugar
  • 2 cups of fresh or thawed raspberries

Portion size: 8

Directions:

In bowl or heatproof measure, steep green tea in 8 cups of boiling water and discard bags after 5 minutes. Meantime, in saucepan, bring 1 cup of water, raspberries, and sugar to boil. Lower heat and simmer until raspberries are soft and broken down. Add to tea, let it cool for about 30 minutes and put in your fridge for about 2 hours. Strain mixture through cheesecloth-lined sieve, discard solids, and serve with some ice cubes.

6. Citrus Mint Iced Tea

While it’s easier to buy citrus mint iced tea, you can make it at home. Homemade tea is less sweet and much cheaper than the store-bought iced tea. It’s full of fresh flavor and it takes just several minutes to make. I suggest you to garnish your glasses with mint leaves and orange slices. Delicious!

Ingredients:

  • 6 bags of green tea
  • 3 slices of oranges
  • 1/2 cup of fresh mint leaves
  • 3 slices of limes
  • 3 slices of lemons
  • 1/4 cup of granulated sugar
  • 6 cups of boiling water
  • 1 handful of ice cubes

Portion size: 4 to 6

Directions:

In large measuring cup or teapot, place tea bags, mint leaves and orange, lemon and lime slices; cover with boiling water and steep for 10 minutes. Strain into large pitcher; add sugar and stir until dissolved. Serve over ice.

7. Chamomile Mint Green Tea

There are many amazing teas that can help you relax and chamomile mint green tea is one of them. It’s easy to make and it tastes great! Give it a try today, you won’t regret.

Ingredients:

  • 2 lemons
  • 1 cup of green tea leaves
  • 1 cup of fresh mint leaves
  • 1 tbsp of dried lavender
  • 1/4 cup of dried chamomile flowers

Portion size: 30

Directions:

Peel rind from lemons, avoiding pith, place on rack with fresh mint leaves, and let dry 24 hours or until brittle. In bowl, break lemon rind into pieces, add green tea leaves, mint leaves, lavender and chamomile flowers, and spoon into airtight jar or decorative bag.

8. Peach Green Iced Tea

Peach green iced tea is one of the most delicious green tea recipes to try right now, especially if peach is your favorite fruit. The tea is easy to make, so why not start making it right now?

Ingredients:

  • 5 bags of green tea
  • 1/3 cup of granulated sugar
  • 4 cups of fresh sliced peaches

Portion size: 8

Directions:

In large bowl, steep green tea in 8 cups of boiling water and discard bags after 4 minutes. Meantime, in big saucepan, bring 1 cup of water, sugar and peaches to boil. Lower heat and simmer about 12 minutes until very soft. Add to your tea and let it cool to room temperature. Put in your fridge for around 2 hours. Strain mixture through cheesecloth-lined sieve, discard solids, and serve with some ice cubes.

9. Puffed Wild Rice Green Tea

To tell the truth, I don’t like the taste of this tea, though I make it very often because my family loves this healthy drink. Nevertheless, I suggest you to try puffed wild rice green tea. Who knows, maybe it will become your favorite tea.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup of green tea leaves (Japanese Sencha)
  • 1/4 cup of wild rice

Portion size: 30

Directions:

Start with heating nonstick skillet until hot, then add wild rice and roast, shaking constantly, for about 30 seconds or until kernels are brown and puffed. Transfer to a medium-sized bowl and let cool at room temperature. Add green tea leaves, mix to combine, and spoon into airtight jar or decorative bag.

These are some of my favorite green tea recipes. What’s your favorite way to enjoy green tea? Do you drink it on a regular basis?

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