Let’s face it, we all make new years resolutions, a lot of us won’t admit it and we don’t really write them down nowadays but we all aim to lose that christmas belly and working out a bit more wouldn’t be too bad either. The good thing about January is that it’s almost impossible not to live healthier than in December. Christmas cookies have been eaten up, Christmas markets are closed down, your colleagues aim for the lighter lunch options and after all days get longer and New Years Motivation is still in the air.
I did not make any concrete plans either but part of my „being a bit healthier“ challenge is Green Tea. I love Green Tea and I got this beautiful Rosenthal Tea cattle for Christmas, which is definitely a good reason to drink more tea.
I have always been more of a coffee junkie but every once in a while I swap my coffee habits for some cups of green tea. It makes your skin look smoother, does not make you as jittery as coffee does when you had a cup too much and if you google it you will soon realize it is the magic weapon against cancer, anxiety, gaining weight and it is even supposed to improve your brain function – if that’s not a reason to drink more of it, then I don’t know . 😉
We all know by now that green tea is supposed to be brewed at a lower temperature than regular tea and herbal infusions, other that there are a few facts nice to know.
- In contrast to black tea, green tea is shortly heated up after harvesting and therefore preserves all it’s natural ingredients.
- Sencha is the most frequently drunk variety of green tea and also has one of the highest amounts of caffeine.
- In general, 2 grams of tea per 100ml of water are enough, which is about one teaspoon per cup.
- Green tea can be brewed 2-3 times, however the second brew should be shorter than the first one and is said to be the better one.
- The famous Matcha tea is stoneground Tencha, which is protected from the sun when grown and not rolled when dried.
- When brewing green tea the water should be as soft as possible, types with high calcium or magnesium should be avoided.
- The ideal temperature is actually a science in itself and depends on the type of tea. However it can be said that tannins are released at higher temperatures (>80 degrees) and should therefore be avoided to not overlay the taste of the tea with bitterness.
After all, you develop some taste for the different kinds of teas and it’s fun trying out different brands and not to mention again, it’s super healthy! 😉