Black tea, pu-erh tea, Madura tea, fruit teas, tea bags, loose leaf tea… the list is almost endless and can be a little confusing when choosing the best for your needs. However, one tea that really stands out for its health benefits with antioxidants to help remove toxins from the body is green tea. Drinking green tea is one of the most trusted ways to detox and cleanse the body. The process, at its core, is really quite simple. Green tea is full of antioxidants that are able to flush your body of toxins for a real “green clean”. Plus, green tea promotes good gut health, reduce blood pressure, reduce the risk of heart disease, and aids proper digestion. All of this is important if you want to lose weight and feel amazing.
However, a lot of people don’t know how to incorporate green tea into their daily diet. How does a cleanse work? Can you have anything other than just green tea?
The truth is that a green tea cleanse is not complicated. Of course, as with any dietary change, you may want to consult your physician. During a green tea cleanse you want to maintain a healthy diet full of whole foods that will give your body the nutrients and energy it needs. Ready to start your green tea cleanse? Here are the best ways to drink your green tea!
This seems so simple but a lot of people think they need to go out and buy some special detox green tea. The truth is that regular green tea steeped for 2 to 4 minutes is really all you need for a green tea detox. There is not a lot of caffeine in green tea so you can feel comfortable sipping on several cups during the day although you may want to look at a decaffeinated brand if you are planning on having a cup before bed.
Of course, after a few days of cleansing your body with green tea, you may get sick of a regular cup of green tea. Luckily, there are a few ways to mix up your green tea into a drink that tastes great and still accomplishes the goal of detoxing and cleansing your body.
Work in some added ingredients to take your green tea to the next level. Steep your tea with a stick of cinnamon and then squeeze in some fresh lemon juice. Finally, add a pinch of cayenne pepper and/or turmeric. The spices will help kick your metabolism into high gear while you enjoy the detoxifying benefits of green tea. This is a fantastic beverage to enjoy in the morning and, best of all, it’s super fast to make. This won’t require much more prep or clean up than making a regular cup of green tea.
Want to add some fruit into your green tea routine? Try a green tea smoothie! This works best with green tea matcha powder. Add a teaspoon of matcha powder to a blender with your favorite fruit like mango, banana, pineapple, or strawberry. Toss in some ice and coconut water then blend until smooth. This smoothie will taste amazing and still help you as you detox your body and enjoy the powerful benefits of green tea.
The best part about making a green tea smoothie is that you can incorporate your own style and taste into the recipe. Just be careful about adding ingredients with too much added sugar as that will not help your green tea detox accomplish the goals you are looking for. Plain, unsweetened yogurt is fine but try to avoid brands with added sugar or sweeteners.
Don’t put that blender away just yet! You can make a delicious juice using green tea as a base. First of all, brew some green tea and then put it into a blender. Now, slice up some of your favorite fruit and add into the blender. The fruit will add some fiber to your diet and you will get a flavorful juice beverage that still helps you as you work your way through your green tea detox.
If you’re not a fan of pulp then you may want to strain your juice after blending in order to get the consistency you want. If you don’t mind the pulp then drink it all down! The more fiber you can get—the better!
Spending $6 on a 1000-calorie Frappuccino at the coffee shop is not healthy for your body or your wallet. However, no one can argue that those drinks don’t taste amazing. Luckily, you can make a tasty green tea frappe at home without the added calories and with all the benefits of green tea.
For this recipe, you will want to use your green tea matcha powder again. Add it to your blender with some coconut water and ice. Now, blend until you have a smooth, frothy beverage. You may need to add ice as you blend in order to achieve the consistency that you want. With a couple minutes of prep and blending, you have a green tea frappe that cost nothing more than the basic ingredients. Best of all, your green tea detox is still on track to have you feeling and looking great!
The best part about a green tea detox is that the beverages you create are only limited by your imagination. Try new fruits and flavors! Try hot and cold beverages! Use the blender or just steep a simple cup of tea! The possibilities are almost endless!
Avoid the use of added sugar and sweeteners to ensure you get the most benefit from your green tea detox. If you are willing to experiment and find the drink that hits the spot then your detox will feel less like a diet or body cleansing routine and more like a tasty treat from the coffee shop!