Wow, all this comments are really helpfull, I love green tea, but I used to buy the powdered one regulary, maybe because I thought somehow the one I was buying could have some benefits too. The other one I drink is the AZ Green tea, I agree with TIGRESS1167, it's the best! In my country there is olny ONE place where they have it, and luckyly it's close by my house! :)
I drink green tea all day long. I have a cup of cinnamon green tea with honey 30 minutes before I eat anything, I drink iced cinnamon green tea throughout the day and I have a cup of hot cinnamon green tea with honey before I go to bed. I simply add a teaspoon of cinnamon to my boiling water when I am brewing my tea or I make it in my coffee pot and place the cinnamon in the filter of the coffee maker and the tea bag(s) in the pot and let it steep for a few minutes.
I don't know where the ginseng idea comes from, unless it's in some pre-mixed tea blend. Ginseng is a whole 'nuther plant, and is bad news for anyone on blood thinners.
I love the whole gunpowder leaves, which I buy in the bulk foods section at Fred Meyer (aka Kroger). I'll make a strong batch, strain it, and keep it in the fridge, diluting it as I use it. Sometimes I boil up a few slices of fresh ginger, then brew the tea in the ginger water. Ginger is good for upset tummies.
I work at Starbucks, so have gotten hooked on the iced Zen and the Green Ginger teas.
I "cheat" and count my green tea in with my total water count!
I drank diet Lipton green tea 2 or 3 bottles a day.
I think after seating on the self it loses the good for you stuff. I will start with tea bags if that is better.
2/15/2008 7:39:40 AM
I drink green tea every single day but I buy the gunpowder one right from the Asian market. There is no ginseng in it so it's fine for people with high blood pressure. I'd never drink the instant kind. Once you have experienced brewing the leaves, you'll never go to instant or even bags. I drink about 4 pots per day. I love it so much.
I like to brew up a whole pitcher of green tea and keep it in my refrigerator. I just pop some in the microwave and then I sweeten it with some Splenda and splash some lemon juice in it. I've read up on studies of lemon juice and they say it has an effect on helping the digestion more.
I've noticed that if I drink some after a meal, I'm losing more weight. If I splurge one night with some dessert, I drink my tea to help get it out faster!
My favorite variety of green tea is genmaicha - it has toasted rice in the tea, which gives the tea a yummy toasty taste that I like a lot better than just straight green tea. You can buy it loose at health food stores or in bags - Eden Organic makes one in bags. If you have a hard time drinking green tea, try genmaicha!
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