The dew, adorning the lush green grass like pearl drops, the icy winds making a crackling sound as it slices a wall of barren trees, makes for a bewitching experience.
A perfect time to relax, unwind and savor my golden cup of elixir.
Green tea is supposedly richer in antioxidants than other types of tea because of the way they are processed.It contains B vitamins, folate (naturally occurring folic acid), manganese, potassium, magnesium, caffeine and other antioxidant like catechins.
All types of tea – white, green, black and oolong – are produced from the Camellia sinensis plant using different methods. Fresh leaves from the plant are steamed to produce green tea, while the leaves of black tea and oolong involve fermentation.
Green tea is alleged to boost weight loss, reduce cholesterol, combat cardiovascular disease, and prevent cancer and Alzheimer's disease.
Do try out these green tea recipes which will give you an extra boost and help keep the winter cold at bay.
Spicy Green tea
Freshly grated ginger, crushed green cardamoms and cinnamons are boiled in 3 cups of water. Switch off the burner and add 3 teaspoons of green tea preferably Sencha to the mixture and infuse for about 5 minutes. Strain and pour the clear liquid into mugs. Add lemon and honey and savor this highly aromatic delicious drink.
Cinnamons health benefits are amazing. It contains Eugenol, an antiseptic which helps ward off cold and keeps the chills at arm’s length. Ginger improves digestion, increases metabolism, helps relieve pain and inflammation of the throat. All these spices when steeped in green tea brings warmth to cold hands and feet.
Reinvigorate, revitalize and revive yourself with this unique blend of green tea.
Menthol in the peppermint tea is a natural decongestant, providing relief from sinus pressure, related to colds and allergies, and along with ginger helps soothe a sore throat and stuffy nose.
1Teaspoon peppermint green tea, 1 teaspoon ginger green tea steeped in2 cups of hot water. It is strained, lemon and any sweetener added. Enjoy this caffeine free, highly refreshing beverage.
Peppermint is also antispasmodic, reduces nausea and vomiting and aids digestion.
Fresh apples are found in abundance in winters and why not mix Sencha green tea with it and create your own mocktail.
2 cups of water boiled with grated ginger, cinnamon, cloves and half an apple finely chopped for 5-7mins.After switching off the burner,2 -3 teaspoons of green tea leaves is steeped in it for another 3 mins. It is then strained after stirring well. Spike it with honey and a drop of fresh lemon juice before serving.
A variation would be to use nutmeg (Jaiphal in Hindi) instead of ginger.
There are a number of health benefits of nutmeg. This popular spice helps overcome stress, anxiety and exhaustion, helps us to focus on the work at hand. Nutmeg also gives relief in digestion related issues like flatulence, bloating, stomachaches etc.
Tulsi (Holy Basil) green tea
A tried and tested recipe with abundant health benefits--This is due to the active ingredient, Eugenol present in the Tulsi leaves and along with ursolic acid and carvacrol, both of which have anti-microbial properties, making this a super –tea , rich in anti-oxidants, helping the body fight free radicals that are responsible for causing various chronic degenerative diseases.
1 teaspoon of Tulsi green tea is steeped in 1cup hot water. One may also add freshly plucked Tulsi leaves and then brew it for 3-5mins.It is then strained and served hot. Honey may be added according to personal taste.
This herbal tea is brimming with anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti-inflammatory properties and helps fight infections of the respiratory tract.
If you like to have your tea without any additives, reach out for white tea. Derived from the sun-dried buds and leaves of the plant Camellia sinensis it is the least processed amongst all the other variants. White tea comes from the buds and tender leaves resembling fine, silvery-white strings.
2-3 teaspoons for a cup, steeped for about 5 mins, this mild yellow drink with a light and sweet flavor is packed with all essential nutrients and is considered to be the king of teas.
Stay in, welcome the winters and allow your cup of chai to infuse you with the warmth of the season.