Green Tea comes with benefits
Host a green tea party for two and do your hearts a favor. A beautiful smile, fresh breath and glowing skin are some other ways green tea can improve your love life.
Even better is the boost it gives your memory, as well as your metabolic rate. All that should earn you some brownie points with your heart’s desire!
A better memory can only mean better grades at school, better performance at work, and a better chance you’ll remember your sweetie on special days.
And of course a faster metabolic rate means you’ll burn more fat all the time… even while you’re in couch-potato mode. My favorite diet guru Dr. Mike Morano recognizes how good green tea is for keeping your weight in check. He advises green tea three times a day on his 17-day diet. Anything that keeps your metabolism revving in high gear is great for maintaining a healthy weight. A Harvard health study agrees.
Some tea trivia for a few OMGs
All kinds of tea are good for you, though. For instance, if you want to pig out on some greasy chips and hamburgers one night, drink oolong tea to double the amount of fat that passes right through you, unabsorbed.
Speaking of what passes through, consider the strange Panda dung tea. At over $200 a cup, it’s one of the world’s most expensive teas. An entrepreneur in China grows the tea using panda poo from nearby breeding centres. Pandas eat only wild bamboo. More than 70% of the nutrients are passed in their excrement and end up in the tea. What a great way to recycle good health!
And how about the weirdest tea in the world… a tea made from caterpillar poo. Known as Pu-erh Tuocha (Camel Breath), it’s one of the most labor-intensive teas in the world. People have to go through the tea leaves with a magnifying glass and pick out the little poo pellets with tweezers. According to several personal accounts on the Internet, it’s thickly mellow, elemental, earthy, gamey or meaty.
Brewing green tea
After reading about these exotic teas, I bet you’re just in the mood now to settle for green tea.
But from personal experience, be sure to follow the directions on the label. If it says “Steep for 3 minutes,” for heaven’s sake take out the tea leaves after 3 minutes. Otherwise, ARGGGG! My overly long steeped senchu green tea hit the back of my throat with a pitchfork. The only way I got it down was by drowning it in milk.
Brewed properly… only one meager teaspoonful per cup of water heated to 74F and steeped for three minutes and not a second more… green tea tastes lovely.
Tea for the kids
Tea is one adult drink kids can enjoy safely. For the shorter set, I suggest a caffeine-free herbal sort, like mint or roibus (African red bush tea). Notch up the taste into the kid-o-sphere with 2 tablespoons of their favorite juice and a drop or two of liquid stevia if they need it sweeter.
While you are all enjoying your tea party, why not sing along to the Tea Tea Tea Tea Tea Tea Song! It’s especially happy!