Growing up in an asian household, I was exposed to drinking teas early and often. Although my mother always tried to push her favorite, Korean Ginseng, I could never quite get over it’s strong flavor and pungent aroma. I much preferred Green Tea and often sought out as many different kinds and recipes as I could find. The first brand I purchased on my own and was easy to find was Lipton Green Tea from Vons, right down the street from my house. I didn’t know it back then, but my favorite warm beverage was filled with health benefits that most anyone would want to include in their lives.
While popular in China, Japan and Korea for centuries, it’s popularity has increased in the United States as we’ve learned more of these purported health benefits. It is widely believed that drinking green tea regularly can help prevent cancer, increase metabolism and lower cholesterol. It is also said that green tea can help boost your immune system, strengthen teeth and bones and even help regulate insulin spikes. I mean, why wouldn’t you want to have a cup daily?
And now that the warm weather is finally arrived, I love having my green tea iced during the day and hot at night. Below is a roundup of some of my favorite green tea recipes that you absolutely need to try.
Strawberry Cucumber Iced Green Tea has the freshness of cucumber, strawberry, lemon and mint. Cucumber and strawberries add natural sweetness but you can add extra sugar or honey too. Sounds refreshing right? So, make this Iced tea for summer and enjoy!
What is more refreshing than a cold glass of iced tea on a hot Summer Day? Peach Green Tea made with real fruit is the perfect summer drink.
Not only will this Pineapple Green Tea Smoothie put on its gloves to fight your allergy symptoms, it will also provide tons of great nutrients, antioxidants, and fiber, all in a refreshing and delicious smoothie that’s friendly to special diets. Yup, this smoothie is gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free, Paleo, Primal and vegan (with an easy substitution)!
On top of whisking us away on a little mental vacation the ingredients in this Minty Lime Iced Green “Flat Belly” Tea have some great health benefits, making us feel lighter and bloat-free to boot!
Lemongrass is used heavily in Southeast Asian cuisine – and in tea in a ton of African and Latin American cultures. There is a lemony essence to lemongrass, however it isn’t interchangeable with lemon. With lemongrass, star anise and a cinnamon stick, the result is a Lemongrass Iced Green Tea that has a lightly spiced finish just underneath the bright, thirst-quenching heart and soul and it reminds me of my adventures in Thailand.
Baby it’s HOT outside! Cool down with these refreshing Green Tea Hibiscus Pops, because the only thing better than iced tea is FROZEN tea!
This Ginger Peach and Honey Iced Green Tea is beautiful, mild and refreshing drink to enjoy on these lazy summer days.
Summer calls for refreshing and healthy drinks like this Berry & Mint Green Iced Tea…
I know you want to try ALL of these recipes like I do, so be sure to stock up at your local Vons with this $1 off Lipton Green Tea coupon and let me know which recipe ends up being your favorite!
This is a partnered post. All opinions remain my own.