Does this sound similar to you- a person drinking a clear beverage with a backdrop of a gym or nature and feeling energetic after doing so? This screams the ad for green tea. In the 21st century, it has taken the market by storm due to its favorable qualities. Even though it has roots in China back in 2737 B.C, it is still relevant in the fitness world.
But did you know that there is more than one way to prepare a cup of green tea? You can enhance its purities and flavor by preparing in different ways.
5 Methods to Prepare Green Tea
Instead of preparing green tea in the same old manner, you can experiment a bit with the following methods:
Method 1: For Making Green Tea
- One teaspoon of Green tea leaves
- One cup of water
- One Stainless steel vessel
- One tea strainer
- Place one teaspoon of tea leaves in a strainer. Ensure that you have washed the strainer before doing so.
- Pour one cup of water into a stainless steel pot and heat it. As the ideal temperature for green tea is 170-185 degrees Fahrenheit, it should not be piping hot too.
- Once the water is on the verge of boiling, switch off the heat and let it cool down for a minute.
- Take a mug and keep the strainer over it.
- Slowly pour the water into the mug through the strainer.
- Check the flavor of the tea. If it is too strong, you may add some more water.
- You can add honey and lemon to enhance the taste.
- Stir it for a few seconds, and your green tea is ready to be served!
Method 2: For Making Green Tea
- Dried Tulsi Leaves/Holy Basil
- One cup of water
- Separate the cardamom seeds and only use the peelings for this process.
- Take some tulsi/holy basil leaves and leave them to dry in the sun for a day.
- To make both the ingredients more crispy, place the cardamom peelings on a pan and roast them.
- Once they are dried, spread them on paper and keep them aside.
- Take the tulsi leaves and pop them in an oven for 10-20 seconds.
- Grind the cardamom leaves till it is in a powdered form.
- Repeat the same procedure for the tulsi leaves.
- Once both are ground, mix them well in a bowl.
- If you want some additional flavor, you can also mix in some regular tea leaves.
- Place the mixture in a strainer and place it over the mug.
- Boil some water in a pot and pour it gently through the strainer.
- Fill the cup as required.
- Mix it and enjoy your hot cup of homemade green tea.
Method 3: For Making Green Tea
- Green tea leaves
- Mint leaves/ tulsi/ cinnamon
- Turmeric powder
- Boil 1.5 cups of water in a pot.
- Add mint leaves, a piece of ginger, cinnamon, and tulsi. You can add anything available at your disposal.
- Cover the pot and bring it to a boil.
- Mix it with a spoon.
- Add a pinch of turmeric powder and some green tea leaves.
- Mix it and let the water boil for another minute.
- Take a strainer and pour the green tea into a cup.
- Add a teaspoon of honey for taste (additional).
Method 4: For Making Green Tea
- Green tea powder
- Boil a cup of water in a pan. Heat it moderately to avoid any bitterness in the green tea.
- Once it comes to a boil, let it cool for 30-40 seconds.
- Add some green tea powder to the water and mix it for 2-3 minutes.
- Place a strainer over a cup.
- Once the color of the water turns brown, pour it through the strainer.
- Add a spoon of honey and mix well.
Method 5: For Making Green Tea
Note: This method is for those who want to try Matcha green tea (Traditional Japanese Green tea).
- Tea whisk
- Two Bowls
- Bowl some water in a pot and pour it into a bowl.
- Using a tea whisk and mix the water to warm the bowl.
- Once it is done, discard the water and clean the bowl with a dry cloth.
- Take one teaspoon of matcha and place it on a strainer.
- Filter it over the bowl and collect the powder.
- Take another bowl and add some hot water to it.
- Let it cool for a few seconds, and add a little bit of it in the bowl with the matcha powder.
- Whisk it for a few seconds.
- Add more water and whisk it till you get a layer of froth.
- Your Matcha or Japanese green tea is ready!
How often should you drink green tea?
We recommend two to three cups of green tea every day to reap maximum benefits from it. The best time to have green tea is either early morning or late evening. You can also have it two hours before or after any meal.
What are the benefits of green tea?
Green tea brings several benefits to the table. Apart from helping with fat loss, it improves oral health, fights any heart diseases, and prevents Type-2 diabetes and inflammation.
As it has antioxidant properties, it prevents cell damage and fights free radicals. It also improves brain function and reduces skin irritation.
Why is green tea bitter?
People often complain about the bitterness of green tea. But you can control this factor by examining the temperature and seeping time. If you boil the water too much, it will result in the polyphenols getting released too fast. This will make the green tea bitter.
Always control the temperature of the water while brewing the green tea.
You can also add a teaspoon of honey to make it more delectable.
Should you give green tea to kids?
Some studies suggest that green tea helps in fighting cough and cold, especially amongst kids. But as green tea contains caffeine, it is not recommended for children under 18 years.
Maintaining good health is not easy as several factors need proper consideration. But you can smoothen the process by including healthy beverages like green tea.
Choose any of the methods according to your convenience and make green tea for you and your family. Lastly, do not forget to exercise and take a balanced diet to benefit entirely from it.