Going Green for the Health of It

After hearing about the many health benefits of green tea, I recently took the plunge and ordered an unsweetened iced green tea at Starbucks. WOW, it was great, and now I’m hooked!

Starbucks uses Tazo Zen Green Tea, which is blended with lemongrass and spearmint. Had I known that, I probably wouldn’t have tried it, but it is a fabulous, very refreshing combination.

After having my first few at Starbucks, I decided that I needed an easier, more economical way to enjoy these. On Google, I found out how Starbucks makes their iced green tea and followed suit. Turns out they use the tea bags to make a concentrate and shake the it with water and ice when they make it. I love the idea of using the concentrate; even though I have to mix it every time I want some, I find that I’m not having to make the tea very often.

I’m not much of a hot tea drinker, but I just saw Tazo Zen k-cups on Amazon. They don’t have sugar like some of the k-cup teas, so I might have to try them.

Need a refresher on the benefits of green tea? Click here to read 10 Life-Sustaining Reasons to Drink Green Tea. Know that it’s good for you, but also that it’s deliciously refreshing!

 

The 30 Healthiest Foods, New Recipe + Smoothie Recipes

Real Simple, my fave magazine, asked the country’s top dietitians and nutritionists which superpower foods to incorporate into diets, and the results are here.

I’m excited to say that in the last four months, I’ve added many of them into my diet, including:

  • Kidney beans: One of the most antioxidant-rich foods in a USDA study
  • Spinach: Iron, folate and at least a dozen flavonoids, compounds that are loaded w/antioxidants
  • Whole-grain pasta: Three times the amount of fiber as semolina pasta
  • All-natural peanut butter: Heart-healthy monounsaturated fats abound in this protein-rich spread
  • Oatmeal: One of my favorite new additions, holds cholesterol in check, helps fight against heart disease
  • Quinoa: A complete plant-based protein, offers the same energy and satiety as you would get from meat, minus fat and cholesterol
  • Lentils: A protein powerhouse flush with folate
  • Kale: Loads of vitamin C, beta-carotene, calcium and antioxidants
  • Blueberries: Packed with fiber, top antioxidant-rich pick from USDA
  • Broccoli: A vitamin C gold mine and key source of vitamin K, which helps blood clot properly
  • Black beans: Boast antioxidants and magnesium, which help maintain nerve and muscle function
  • Sweet potatoes: Rich in antioxidant beta-carotene

Also from Real Simple, I tried the Sweet Potato Hash, minus the shallots and subbing Pam for the olive oil. DELISH side dish.

And finally, also from Real Simple, ten recipes for smoothies.