Recently, green tea was found to be a powerful tool in the battle of the bulge. In fact, researchers suggest that just a few daily cups of green tea may help you to burn fat and keep weight off. But what if your prefer coffee over green tea? Or you simply just don't want to drink the stuff? Nowadays you can buy green tea in powder form, in bags or just as the leaves themselves, which allows you to work green tea into just about any dish. Read on for five ways to enjoy green tea other than in a hot mug!
5 Tasty and Unique Ways to Enjoy Green Tea
1. Green tea smoothies. Liven up your usual breakfast smoothie with a couple of tablespoons of green tea powder to get your daily dose first thing. Green tea powder tastes especially good with skim or soy milk, half of a frozen banana, vanilla protein powder and some ice. Yum!
2. Green tea bbq rub. The next time you grill salmon, tofu, steak, pork loin or shrimp, mix a little green tea into your spice rub. Without being overpowering, a little green tea in your bbq rub gives it an interesting and tasty complex flavor.
3. Green tea baked goods. From cookies to cakes and breads, experiment with putting a little green tea into your baked goods. As you get braver, up the amount. You just might find a new favorite dessert!
4. Green tea sangria. Everyone loves sangria! Brew some iced green tea and then mix it with your favorite juice or wine, plus fresh fruit. Let it sit for a few hours and chill, and you have a refreshing and healthy drink. If you're the type who needs a recipe, try this one for Green White Tea Sangria.
5. Green tea ice cream. If you have an ice-cream maker, this is a must-try. Green, sweet and refreshing, green tea ice cream may sound weird, but it's totally tasty!
What's your favorite way to enjoy green tea? Do you prefer to eat it or drink it?
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.