Did you know that the way you prepare green tea could have an impact on how much benefits you are going to get from your daily cuppa?
If you want to learn how to optimize your tea drinking experience, be sure to read on below and find out how you can make great green tea.
How to Drink Green Tea?
Green tea comes in different varieties and each one is prepared and consumed in different ways. Let’s take a look at the three most common ways to drink green tea.
Loose Leaf Green Tea
Loose leaf green tea is usually sold by the ounce, though there are some brands that sell them in bigger bulks. To prepare this kind of green tea, you will need:
- Loose leaf tea (amount varies on brand and how much you are making)
- Tea infuser
- Tea cup
- Tea kettle
Prepare your loose leaf tea by putting the appropriate amount in your infuser then put the infuser in your tea cup. Fill your kettle with water, bring to boiling and let it cool for 3-5 minutes (the water temperature should be 160-170°F), then pour water into mug with infuser in it and let sit for 1 to 3 minutes, depending on how strong you want your tea. Remove infuser and set aside if you plan on steeping your loose leaf tea for a second time. Enjoy your tea.
Powdered Green tea
Powdered green tea like matcha often comes in a convenient single-serve package. Just boil some water, pour it in a cup, add the matcha, stir and you’re good to go! If you want the full experience, though, go for high quality matcha sold by the ounce.
To prepare, bring water to a boil and while waiting, sift about 1 to 2 teaspoons of matcha into a cup. Take your hot water and add a 1-2 oz of it to the matcha then use a whisk to stir the matcha concoction, lightly incorporating air to your tea to make it airier and frothier.
Green Tea in Teabags
This is perhaps the most common way that people drink tea. Tea out of teabags are just so much more convenient. All you have to do is boil some water, let it cool a while, steep your tea bag in the mug, and wait until your tea is of desired strength and/or flavor.
When to Drink Green Tea?
Now that you know how to prepare and drink green tea, let’s talk about when to drink it. Drinking green tea at the right time is vital to getting the most out of the goodness that the drink can offer. Drinking in the morning on an empty stomach is a no-no because it tends to affect the balance in your stomach. Drinking it before bed is also a no-no (unless you’re going for decaf, of course) because it might cause insomnia.
So, when is the best time to drink green tea? It’s in between meals, preferably around 30 minutes to an hour before eating. This is to prevent the catechins found in green tea from inhibiting the absorption and digestion of nutrients from your meals.
Is Green Tea Good for Me?
People drink tea for different reasons; some drink it to lose weight, others to prevent certain diseases. There are also those who drink green tea to reduce their daily caffeine intake. If you’re planning on making green tea a part of your regular diet, you may be wondering whether it’s actually good for you.
Well, the answer is yes. Green tea boasts of tons of health benefits and that includes those previously mentioned and more! It is also rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals that are important in keeping your body properly nourished. Of course, too much green tea could lead to certain side effects, but as long as you’re drinking in moderation then you’re more likely to benefit than suffer from it.