Friday, 2 December 2016

Green Tea Detox Drinks for Cleansing & Weight Loss

Green Tea Detox Drinks for Cleansing & Weight Loss



Making green tea detox drinks is a great way to boost your overall health and get the antioxidants you need each day. Green tea is packed with antioxidants, more so than any other tea, but its flavor can get a bit monotonous when you try drinking it daily for health. Try these recipes for a way to keep things interesting on the way to better health.

1. Green SmoothTea

This is a way to get both the benefits of a green smoothie, along with the benefits of green tea. You’re already getting antioxidants from the green tea, and this is amplified by the phytonutrients in the kale. The apple puts this over the top in terms of nutrition, and also adds some sweetness to the mix. The yogurt smooths it out so it tastes and feels like a smoothie, while providing protein to keep you feeling good for hours.

What You Need

1 cup Green Tea, brewed and chilled
1/2 cup Baby Kale
1/2 Apple
1 tbsp Greek Yogurt
Ice

Add all ingredients to your blender and blend until it reaches a smoothie consistency. To get an even greener hue you can add in an avocado, which will provide you with healthy fat, additional fiber, and extra potassium. But as it stands this is a healthy smoothie recipe that incorporates green tea in a tasty blend.



Green SmoothTea

2. Green Tea “3 P” Fruit Juice

Green tea gets help from three high-powered flavorful fruits. They all happen to start with the letter p, so it’s easy to remember this tasty beverage whenever you want it again. The pear is adding fiber to the equation, while the papaya and pineapple bringing massive amounts of Vitamin C to your body. Vitamin C has an antioxidant effect on the body, and when you combine that with the antioxidant makeup of green tea, you’ve got a very special drink that sets you up for a strong immune system, and protection from free radical damage.

What You Need

1 cup Green Tea, brewed
1/2 Pear, sliced
1/2 cup Pineapple, cubed
1/2 cup Papaya, cubed

By cubing and slicing the fruit before adding it to the blender you make it easier for the blender to turn this into a juice. The trick with this recipe is to keep blending until there aren’t any chunks of fruit left. It should reach a juice consistency. If your blender isn’t up for the task you may want to strain it before drinking.

3. Green Tea Wake Up Shake

Green tea is a natural source of caffeine, but a cup of green tea provides less than half the caffeine in a typical cup of coffee. It’s just enough to get you moving in the morning without leading to a crash or headaches later. When you combine green tea with fruits that are commonly eaten in the morning, you are sending your brain and body the message that it’s time to get up and get moving.

What You Need

1 tsp Green Tea Matcha Powder
1/2 Orange, deseeded
1/4 Grapefruit, deseeded
1/2 medium Banana
1 cup Coconut Milk
1 handful Ice

Blend all ingredients into a shake consistency. You can add in protein powder if you want to use this as a meal replacement shake in the morning. Otherwise bring a snack to help get you through to lunch because this will only keep you satisfied for a few hours.



Green Tea Wake Up Shake

4. Green Tea Frappe

You can make yourself this fancy beverage and feel like you’re at the local coffee shop. It uses green tea matcha powder, which is different from the bagged stuff you’ll find in the tea aisle, and you’ll have to specifically seek it out. It is the type of powder that is used in Japanese tea ceremonies, and has a different flavor and consistency than bagged green tea. It works perfectly in this recipe and gives the frappe a rich green tea flavor, with all of the health benefits you’re looking for in green tea.

What You Need

1 tsp Green Tea Matcha Powder
1 cup Coconut Milk
1 handful Ice

Blend the ingredients up until they are smooth, creamy, and frothy. With only two ingredients adding flavor to this, the richness of the matcha powder can come through. You’ll also get creamy flavor for the coconut milk, and this will feel like a cool treat, perfect for summer.



Green Tea Frappe

5. Tropical Green Tea Smoothie

Tropical fruits have a delicious taste to them and can seriously bump up the flavor of green tea, making you look forward to green tea time again. The wonderful thing about tropical fruit, aside from the flavor, is the nutrients they provide. Mango and papaya bring additional antioxidants to the table, while the banana is rich in potassium and adds fiber to the smoothie. The banana also helps give it the smooth consistency that is essential to any good smoothie.

What You Need

1 tsp Green Tea Matcha Powder
1/2 cup Fresh Mango
1/2 cup Papaya, cubed
1/2 medium Banana
1 cup Coconut Milk
1 handful Ice

Add everything to your blender and blend away. Be sure to change this recipe up with the seasons and use what’s available at the time you have it. While it’s possible to get these fruits anytime of the year, it’s best to adjust with the seasons and buy what is most fresh at the store.



Tropical Green Tea Smoothie

6. Green Tea Spiced Tonic

What happens when you mix green tea with spices that have proven to have several health benefits? You get a tonic that can be used whenever you feel a cold coming on, or any other time when you want to flood the body with nutrients. Turmeric has antioxidants and acts as an anti-inflammatory, and cinnamon has been shown to help with blood sugar levels.

What You Need

1 bag Green Tea
1/4 tsp Turmeric
1/4 tsp Cinnamon
8 ounces Purified Water, near boiling

Add the spices and teabag into your teacup and pour in the hot water for your tea. Steep the tea as directed on the box. Remove the teabag and stir until the spices are fully dissolved. You can experiment with different healing spices until you find a blend that you like. Consider cayenne pepper for a spicy green tea that can rev up your metabolism. Or how about ginseng or ginger which will have an energizing and cleansing effect respective. Check out our full list of healthy spices you can add to your green tea.



Green Tea Spiced Tonic

7. Green Tea Energy Boosting Smoothie

Whenever you are feeling a little run down, it’s no time to turn to a store bought “energy drink” it’s time to take matters into your own hands with foods that are proven to provide real energy. Here green tea gets the berry treatment, amplifying the number of antioxidants you’re getting and providing you with a surge of energy that can power you through the rest of your day.

What You Need

1 cup Green Tea, brewed, chilled
1/4 cup Fresh Blueberries
1/4 cup Fresh Raspberries
1 tbsp Greek Yogurt
1 handful Ice

Blend the ingredients until it resembles a smoothie in every way. Depending on if you’re trying to lose weight or not you can adjust the yogurt to be full-fat, or low-fat. You can use frozen berries if you’d like, and if you do be sure to leave out the ice because they’ll chill the smoothie up nicely without the need of ice. This can also be used in the morning as a way to boost your energy if you wake up feeling groggy.

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