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Make Your Own Monster! DIY Healthy Green Tea Energy Drinks

Whether you love canned commercial energy drinks or hate them, you can probably agree that they’re overpriced. Plus, nobody likes a case of the caffeine jitters when you’re up late trying to cram for test or working third shift.

While giving up Monster and Red Bull sure helps out your wallet (and your body – scroll through energy drink ingredients, and you’ll find a cornucopia of preservatives, sugars and artificial sweeteners, and more), you’ll probably want some sort of alternative. Here’s the good news, though – you can make your own healthier energy drink with green powdered tea.

If you follow pop culture news even casually, you’re probably no stranger to the “miracle drink” trend – supermodel Miranda Kerr and actress Megan Fox are still swearing by the apple cider vinegar diet, and juice cleanses keep making short-lived comebacks.

But when you get some matcha and some tea and a collection of inexpensive other ingredients, you can create your own power drink – it’ll give you sustained energy, support clearer skin, and taste better than any of the energy drink brands you’ve tried (and taste much better than straight-up apple cider vinegar Megan!)

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Best Matcha Tea Reviews: My 10 Ranked & Reviewed

After several requests of what I thought were the best matcha tea brands out there to purchase, I put together a list of the top 10 after conducting a thorough review of them all. Below is my top 10 best matcha tea reviews.

RankBrandPriceScoreRead Review
Per 30 grams
4.96 / 5Read Review
Per 30 grams
4.94 / 5Read Review
Per 60 grams
4.92 / 5Read Review
Per 30 grams
4.90 / 5Read Review
Per 30 grams
4.88 / 5Read Review
Per 30 grams
4.88 / 5Read Review
Per 30 grams
4.84 / 5Read Review
Per 30 grams
4.80 / 5Read Review
Per 30 grams
4.80 / 5Read Review
Per 30 grams
4.58 / 5Read Review

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Green Tea Extracts: Everything You Need To Know

Green tea is all the rage these days, but it is by no means a new trend; people have been seeping plant leaves in water for thousands of years. However, it’s popularity has grown over the last few decades as more people have learned the many benefits that green tea has to offer. With all the wonderful things it can do, and celebrities like Oprah singing it’s praises, no wonder green tea has become the go-to health drink. Continue Reading

Beat the Jet Lag with an Easy, Natural Remedy: Green Tea

For frequent flyers like myself, the symptoms of jet lag are seemingly unavoidable. This temporary sleep disorder is caused by a disruption to the biological clock within the body that occurs when traveling through multiple time zones. Symptoms of jet lag can leave one feeling dehydrated, drowsy, sluggish and even sick, and it can take several days before the body’s natural rhythm is restored. Continue Reading

Delicious Green Tea Cake Recipes That You’ll Love to Make

Awesome Green Tea Cakes

Sometimes, you just need a treat….

Drinking green tea is good for you. Study after study has shown that green tea is rich in compounds that boost the immune system, improve memory, slow aging and lower blood pressure, among a long list of other benefits. But if sipping the green stuff isn’t for you – or ever if it is – you can also get your green tea in a number of other tasty ways, including green tea cake.

Green tea has long been an ingredient in Japanese desserts such as ice cream. But Western cooks are learning that green tea works surprisingly well in baking, adding a delicate touch of flavor – and those healthy ingredients – to cupcakes, cheesecake and more.

What makes green tea so healthy? In all its varieties, tea is rich in compounds called catechins, along with a number of other antioxidants that protect the body against inflammation and promote cell health. But because Green tea undergoes less processing than the black tea we’re most used to drinking, it retains more of these key healing compounds.

Damage to cells creates conditions that can lead to a variety of health problems, including memory loss, impaired blood flow, and heart problems. But according to studies reported by institutions such as the Harvard School of Medicine and the National Institutes for Health, the catechins in green tea help to keep blood vessels supple, with benefits for the heart eh brain and the health of the whole body. It helps lower blood pressure and can reduce cholesterol. It can regulate blood sugar in people with diabetes, and it may even be helpful in preventing diseases like Alzheimer’s.

Medical experts recommend drinking three to four cups of green tea a day to reap the maximum benefits. But green tea cake is a delicious way to get those magical catechins too. Green tea cam be added to just about any kind of cake recipe, but you can’t just drop a few tea leaves into the batter. To add green tea in baking, career cooks recommend either buying matcha, a green tea powder, or adding green tea leaves to melted butter, then straining the butter to remove bits of tea leaves. Continue Reading

Is Tazo Green Tea High in Quality?

I am a purist. I like loose leaf and I generally ditch the bag. I preach on about how tea needs to be hand picked and organic. I stand stand for quality and I wouldn’t steer you wrong!  A big challenge for me is I can’t always find quality in a grocery store for a decent price. That, and I’m picky which is why I get my teas online.

That being said, I often get asked about typical off the shelf/tea shop brands like Tazo for example. What if you’re in a bind and need to grab something quickly? Well, the good news is, some shelf brands aren’t half bad and in Tazo’s case, you can definitely do worse in the grocery store. Here is what I think of Tazo specifically… Continue Reading

Japanese Green Teas Vs. Chinese Green Teas

Going Green with Japanese and Chinese Green Tea

The last time I had a craving for a latte, I went for a Starbucks green tea drink instead. Switching to green tea is a new ambition for me in an effort to lower caffeine intake and increase the diversity of flavors in my life.

Tea has been a favorite beverage in the world much longer than coffee. Chinese mythology says it was discovered by an emperor 4,000 years ago: Coffee’s history is only about 1,500 years at best. Since then, an amazing number of Chinese green tea varieties have been developed, along with a similar number of Japanese green tea types. Each has its own special flavor and culinary possibilities, as well as price tag.

All varieties of tea come from the same plant, Camellia Sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to Asia. The amazing variety of flavors found in both Chinese and Japanese green tea are brought about by different growing methods, the type of soil where the plants are grown, timing of harvest, and processing methods after harvest. Continue Reading

EGCG, Green Tea and Weight Loss: What You Need to Know

You’ll remember from my Science Backed Secrets article that EGCG is a huge deal from the disease fighting perspective…but did  you also know it’s great for weight loss!  Let’s dive into this topic a little more!

If you have been on the Internet lately, chances are you have seen your favorite celebrities talking about the ‘teatox’ and how amazing it is.

The ‘teatox’ has real merit- though you don’t have to purchase celebrity endorsed products to take part in it. Tea is actually filled with amazing benefits for your body. It has lots of healthy nutrients plus it gives you the gentle caffeine boost you need to get through the day.

Hollywood was not the first to discover the amazing properties of tea leaves. Tea has been the drink of choice of both royals and their subjects in Asia for thousands of years. It slowly made its way across the world to Great Britain and Europe where it became synonymous with high culture. Eventually, it wound up in America where it is now becoming an important part of people’s lifestyle habits.

Full of antioxidants, tea is not just a quick pick-me-up but a serious addition to anyone’s health regime. It has less caffeine than coffee, can reduce the risk of heart attack and helps keep your body hydrated.

Even though it offers so much, there are actually only four types of tea leaves: black, green, white and oolong. Continue Reading

The Beauty Secrets of Green Tea Leaves

Ever wondered why in the old days women used to have a glistening facial and body complexion? They never used chemicals to treat their faces nor did they go for professional manicures yet their skins were always smooth and gleaming. Acne was not a setback as there was always a treatment. Their hairs were strong and sparkly.

Well, all this is because green tea leaves were the top secret in maintaining their good looks. The antioxidant properties contained in this type of tea makes it a good remedy for the body’s well-being both internally and externally. Whether you use it as a cleanser or facial mask, you’ll discover the hidden benefits of green tea. The following are some of the wonders that the tea can do for you. Continue Reading

Secret to Good Sex: Matcha Green Tea

Matcha Green Tea Can Increase Sex Drive

Experts have long touted the benefits of green tea, and have promoted it for everything from weight loss to immune defense and fertility. Green tea is becoming quite popular, but few people are aware of the many benefits to incorporating it into your diet—and your love life. Yes, the secret to great sex lies in the popular tea, which can spice things up and keep things exciting, even in the bedroom. Continue Reading