Green Tea Recipes

November 24, 2008 by  
Filed under Green Tea

You may have heard about the many health benefits of green tea. Green tea is far more than a beverage –it’s an antioxidant-rich food that has been used for centuries in China and Japan for maintaining and restoring health. One of the great things about green tea is how versatile it is. You can, of course, simply enjoy it as a tea. You can also take it as an extract or in other supplement form. You can also use green tea in any number of recipes, to enhance the flavor and nutritional value of many meals. Here are just a few ideas to get you started.

 

Green Tea Sauces 

You can put green tea in any sauce, giving it additional flavor and added boost of energy and nutrition. Put it in hot sauces, cheese sauces, gravies, etc. Here is an example:

 

Green Tea Pepper Sauce:

 

1/4 Cup Hot Water

1 Cup Red Bell Peppers

1/4 Cup Sun Dried Tomatoes

1 tsp. Green Tea

1 tsp. Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 tsp. Sea Salt

1 Clove Garlic, peeled

1 tsp. Black or Red Pepper

 

First, stir the tea into the hot water. Then combine all ingredients in a blender and mix until smooth.

 

Green Tea Smoothies

Smoothies are a refreshing drink for breakfast, after a workout or anytime. Green tea smoothies combine the antioxidant power of green tea with the nutrition of fresh fruit. The possibilities for green tea smoothies are endless, but here’s a sample recipe to try:

 

Green Tea Yogurt-Kiwi-Banana

 

1 Cup Whole Milk or Lowfat  Plain Yogurt

1/2 Cup Green Tea (steep tea then let cool)

1 Ripe (but not overripe) Banana

1 Kiwi peeled

4 Ice Cubes

 

Mix in a blender till smooth.

 

Green Tea Dressings

Make your green salads even more nutritious by adding some green tea. You can use it in almost any kind of dressing. Here’s a good one to start with:

 

Green Tea Dressing

 

1/4 Cup Hot Water

1 tsp Green Tea

1 tsp Sugar 

2 tbls. Olive Oil

1 tbls. Apple Cider Vinegar

1/4 tsp. Sea Salt

1/4 tsp. Black Pepper

1 Wedge Lemon

 

Stir tea into hot water then add sugar. Squeeze in a few drops of fresh lemon. Add remaining ingredients and stir.

 

You can add green tea to many foods, including soups, main courses, sauces, dressings, appetizers, even desserts. Adding a teaspoon or so of green tea to many of your meals immediately gives them an additional nutritional value. It also adds a pleasantly subtle flavor to your food. Experiment a little and you will come up with some favorite green tea recipes of your own!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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