One of the most commonly sipped teas out there is green tea. We’ve all heard of it and there are plenty of types to choose from. Green tea is a healthier substitute for coffee if you’re looking for a quick caffeine fix. It’s filled with antioxidants and nutrients that not only improve the overall function of the brain and body, but help to fight against diseases.
But what if I told you that there were other ways you could up your green tea game? For example, you may want to look into switching to Amla Green Tea Powder. Aside from the classic old method of drinking it as a tea, here are some other ways you can optimize your use of green tea:
Green Tea Smoothies
Rather than sticking to the traditional, watery goodness that is green tea, why not make a smoothie out of it? Recipes for green tea smoothies can be found all over the web.
After trying out a number of them, I came across The Gracious Pantry’s Clean Eating Green Tea Mango Smoothie. Sugar free and filled with nutrients, this particular blend of mango, green tea, spinach, banana and pineapple is sure to satisfy your taste buds. Check out The Gracious Pantry’s website for the recipe.
Green Tea Sugar Scrub
The antioxidants provided by green tea help to protect the skin from UV exposure and also fight aging. So what happens when you actually use it on your skin? Green tea is thought to improve the elasticity of your skin, and can ultimately minimize the appearance of wrinkles and sagging. There are topical creams and lotions available for consumer usage, but why not make it yourself?
I use green tea body scrubs on a regular basis. It’s made with granulated sugar, grapeseed oil, brewed green tea and a bag of untouched green tea. You combine the ingredients until they are well blended and voila! You have the perfect body scrub! This DIY product is ideal for buffing away dead skin, leaving you with a soft, radiant glow. Visit Living Chic on the Cheap for the recipe to this deliciously smoothing body scrub!
Matcha Green Tea Face Mask
Matcha is a finely ground green tea powder originating from Japan. Because you’re drinking the grounded tea leaves themselves, matcha is a great source of vitamins and minerals. We know the benefits associated with green tea and the health benefits for our skin… the same goes for the face! Just ask the owner and founder of Rafa Natural, Kim Williams. By making a facial mask with your matcha powder, you are giving your skin direct exposure to these essential antioxidants, so it’ll leave your face feeling suave and fresh. You can find a recipe for Matcha Green Tea Face Mask on Rafa Natural’s blog.
Homemade Green Tea Hair Rinse
Green tea is also great for fighting a dry and itchy scalp. Upon use, a green tea rinse revitalizes and cleanses the scalp of any unnecessary build up and flakes. For that reason, this easy-to-make hair rinse is perfect for maintaining strong and healthy locks. Wild Tumeric, a blog dedicated to providing health and beauty tips made from all things natural, provided me with the recipe for the particular rinse I used. Only three ingredients are needed: water, green tea, and lemon. I threw some Apple Cider Vinegar in my mixture, only because these tightly-coiled kinks have become oh so attached to it.
Green Tea + Food = Delish
Green tea can be added to almost any food: from cookies and cakes to soufflés and soba noodles. Just cut up a packet and let it rip! I live for Pinterest and you can find countless recipes to add more tea to your diet. How about that?
Happy Green Tea-ing!