The Benefits of Green Tea – Superfood

Green Tea Benefits

Benefits To Green Tea

 

 

Hi Tea Party Girl Lovers-

Are there benefits to green tea?  If so, what are they and how can we incorporate any green tea benefits into our daily lives?  You may have heard that green tea is known as a super food and that it is highly recommended by people like Dr. Oz. but why should we drink it?  In this posting I have included both videos and and article on the 7 reasons you should be enjoy the benefits to green tea.  If you are ready to “develop a green lifestyle” this article is an easy place to start.

Want a suggestion for a great green tea?   Tea Party Girl loves Tropical Beach Green Tea available on Amazon.com.  Click Here.

 

 

7 Amazing Benefits of Green Tea by Emmy Bill

The health benefits of green tea are vast! This healthy, warm or cold beverage contains a number of antioxidants that protect your body from disease. So how exactly are you treating your body well by making this drink a part of your day? Read on to find out.

1) Heart Healthy

Keeping green tea a regular part of your diet may protect against coronary artery disease, atherosclerosis, high triglycerides and hypertension; all are problems that could eventually lead to a heart attack. It is also known that this type of tea acts as a blood thinner, reducing risk for stroke and brain damage, may help speed recovery from a heart attack and can also help decrease cholesterol levels in the blood.

2) Decreases Cancer Risk

Because this tea has such high antioxidant content, it may protect against some cancers. Certain substances in the beverage may prevent the formation of new blood vessels that feed tumors. Cancers that it has shown to be protective against include: prostate, pancreatic, lung, ovarian, breast and bladder cancers.

3) Prevents Diabetes

Those who consume green tea have a lower risk for developing type 1 diabetes due to green tea’s bility to control blood sugar levels.

4) Good for Your Teeth

Green tea acts as an antibacterial and contains fluoride; both characteristics that help prevent gum disease and cavities.

5) Aids in Weight Loss

It is known that certain compounds in this type of tea may increase metabolism, burn fat more efficiently and also help with hydration which is a factor that contributes to successful weight loss.

6) Keeps the Brain Healthy

Consuming green tea regularly may reduce your risk for Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, dementia and other cognitive issues as you age. This is due to the antioxidant properties of the tea that attack free radicals and keep cells functioning at an optimal rate.

7) Fights Bacteria and Viruses

Some research shows that drinking green tea may help prevent and/or speed recovery from illnesses like influenza.

So as you can see the health benefits of this little leaf are great and should give you more than enough reason to start drinking a nice warm or cold cup today to take advantage of green tea benefits. It can be used as a replacement for sugary drinks that you consume to keep yourself awake during the day such as soda, coffee and energy drinks. You should look for the all-natural kind that doesn’t contain any added sugar or preservatives to keep the health benefits high.

“So as you can see the health benefits of this little leaf are great and should give you more than enough reason to start drinking a nice warm or cold cup today to take advantage of green tea benefits.”

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10 Amazing Facts About Green Tea

Tea Party Girl Loves Green Tea

Tea Party Girl Loves Green Tea

 

Green Tea has many health benefits and is rightly now considered to be a  superfood. Many reports and research show that there are some incredible  properties contained in green tea, which can help to cure or prevent some  serious health conditions.

1. Green tea can help to stop the growth and spread of cells that cause  cancer. Research has also suggested that because Japan has a comparatively low  rate of cancer, it could be down to drinking tea.

2. Tea can be a weight loss aid as there are no calories in tea without milk.  When combined with a healthy diet and exercise, drinking tea can be a good way  to lose weight.

3. Tea can help to prevent diabetes, as it stops as much sugar being broken  don, and being absorbed into the blood stream. For those with diabetes, it can  also reduce the risk of cataracts.

4. Tea is very effective at thinning the blood, in fact, as effective as  aspirin. This means that it can be a good alternative to taking medication on a  daily basis in order to thin the blood.

5. Antioxidants contained in tea can help to prevent arthritis. The  antioxidants block the enzymes which attack and destroy the bones. For those  people who already have arthritis, drinking green tea can help to lessen the  effects, and make the condition less painful.

6. Tea is believed to have anti aging properties. The Japanese have one of  the longest life expectancies in the world, and this is partly attributed to  drinking green tea. In addition, there are many new anti-aging beauty products  that include tea extracts.

7. The growth of bad bacteria in the body can be slowed down by drinking this  tea. This helps to speed up the growth of good bacteria, and can even help  prevent viral strains of clostridia and E. coli.

8. Drinking tea helps to lower cholesterol, and can help to widen the  arteries reducing the risk of heart disease.

9. Drinking around 4 cups of tea a day can help slow down tooth decay as tea  contains fluoride which is important for the health of teeth.

10. Tea has around half the caffeine of coffee, which means that it can be  drunk all day long without the drinker experiencing the effects of drinking too  much coffee.

In order to get the health benefits of green tea, it needs to be made  properly. Steeping it for too long, or not long enough, or using water at the  wrong temperature can dramatically affect the taste of the tea. If you don’ like  the taste of the tea, then you’re less likely to drink it. Why not purchase some  green tea, and enjoy the taste and the amazing health benefits of green tea  today?

 

By M. James

 

Article Source: http://EzineArticles.com/2640254

Another great green tea articls: http://blog.foodnetwork.com/healthyeats/2010/09/07/green-tea-good-or-bad/

Asian Splendor – “Hosting a Traditional Asian Themed Tea Party”

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Bring the mystery of the orient into your living room with a creative tea party that will have your guests begging for more. Possibilities are endless when you host an Asian themed tea party, from presenting an overview of Asian teas to replicating a Japanese tea ceremony.

Your presentation can vary depending on your guests and how formal or informal you would like the party to be. Either way, an Asian tea party is a great way to introduce many exotic Asian teas.

 

Activities

Depending on the overall feel of the party, choose among a variety of possible activities. Hosting a traditional Japanese tea ceremony can be fun and educational for your guests. If you don’t want to do something quite so formal, you can teach your guests various Asian customs regarding tea, such as traditional preparation methods, types of teas, how to pour and present teas, and Asian tea etiquette.

This approach can be unusual, lively, and memorable. It’s also a great opportunity to use different teapots and cups that are Asian inspired. If you are hosting a Japanese inspired party, you could include origami as one of the activities.

It’s fun, inexpensive, and does not require a lot of space. Like fortune cookies?  Why not order a batch for your guests and share your fortunes round the table.

 

Decorations

Decorations can be simple yet elegant. To set the mood, purchase a variety of paper lanterns to create a warm ambiance. Use a lot of red and black, as these are customary colors and pair them with dragons, hanging wall fans.

Find some small parasols to place on each table, or use the small ones for decoration in your teacups. For added elegance, use specialty porcelain dishes and China as well as designer chopsticks. Look for cards that have “friendship” or other sayings printed using the authentic symbols to use for added ambiance.

Decorate the room and tables with flowers such as orchids and lotuses. Bamboo is an easy, inexpensive, and authentic decoration option.

In addition, if you already have them or are able to borrow or rent them, incorporate small water fountains, bonsai trees, or small rock gardens.

 

Music

Having a variety of Asian music playing the background is perfect for setting the tone of the party.

Visit the local music store for suggestions. You may want to use some type of compilation, or choose music from a specific region or country, such as Japan, Thailand, or China. If your theme is based on a specific country, choose music accordingly.

 

Invitation Ideas

You can really get creative with invitations, from purchasing ones that are shaped like a fan to using an origami invitation that guests can unfold to read.

Alternatively, you may be interested in invitations that have an Asian picture or symbol on them.

If you are hosting a formal party, invitations on specialty paper make a beautiful work of art. Your budget will influence the style of invitation you choose to use.

The good news is that there are many options available for all price ranges. Start with a local gift or party shop. There are lots of great companies available online as well.

 

Foods

The food choices for an Asian tea party are almost unlimited! For starters, offer a variety of sushi, which can be made to suit any taste, including mild, spicy, and vegetarian.

Stir-fry is easy to make for larger groups of people, and you could even prepare the food in a central area so your guests can observe. It’s entertaining and educational!

Asian foods rely heavily on rice and noodles, and there are many recipes to find that incorporate these, from soups to main dishes and deserts. Of course, you’ll still want to offer fortune cookies!

Whichever foods you choose, offer lighter food choices, as those that are too heavy can take away from the tea experience.

 

Teas

This event would be perfect with a delicate Oolong like Monkey Pick or a  mystical Tung Ting. You might also wish to consider “display teas” which actually bloom when steeped in water.

These hand tied extravaganzas are sure to impress your guests.  Order from  www.numi.com.

If you are looking to impress your guests invite them to experience tea and its birthplace.  You will have them begging for more.

 

Tea Party Girl asks What is your tea style?  English, Asian, Indian, African?

Quick and Easy Green Tea Facial

Green Tea Facial Is Easy from Matcha

Tea is good for you in more ways than one.  This video walks you step by step through creating a simple green tea facial scrub.  You could use this for your own skin, bottle it for a favor or create it at a tea for teens tea party.  There are so many fun ways to use this tea party facial idea.

You can purchase great green tea from http://www.TeaSource.com or http://www.SterlingTea.com

Here is another type of recipe for a green tea facial:

 

Green Tea and Dark Chocolate Fabulous Facial

 

1 TBS Powdered Green Tea (Matcha)

1 TBS Dark Cocoa Powder

Natural Honey (enough to make a thick paste)

 

Mix the ingredients and spread on a clean face.  Let rest for 20 minutes.  If you don’t have matcha you can use other types of non flavored green tea.  Be sure to grind the tea first before using.

This recipe will soften your skin, help clear acne and give you a fresh toned look.  Green tea facials are high in antioxidents and are a natural way to “update” your “at home spa” experience.  Give it a try

 

 

 

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Green Tea Souffles by Martha

Green Tea Souffle by Martha Stewart

 

Green Tea Souffle by Martha Stewart

If you are looking for a clever idea then look no farther than Martha Stewart.  This unique recipe would be perfect at an end of the summer soiree.   It was featured on the Martha Stewart website.  Martha has wonderful ideas so be sure to check her site on a regular basis at www.MarthaStewart.com   I always search under the word tea and find a variety of recipes, favors, crafts and table settings.

This is her recipe for a green tea souffle.  A soufflé (French: [su.fle]) is a light baked cake made with egg yolks and beaten egg whites combined with various other ingredients and served as a savoury main dish or sweetened as a dessert. The word soufflé is the past participle of the French verb souffler which means “to blow up” or more loosely “puff up”—an apt description of what happens to this combination of custard and egg whites

Now your goal is not for your green tea souffle to “blow up!” but you do want it to great a nice peak over the container that it is served in.  Martha’s recipe for a green tea souffle uses a cold version rather than a baked cake to great the “puff” souffles are famous for.

Try it out and share your experience.  Better yet, send us a photo of your tea event!

Green Tea Souffles:

Here’s what you need:
1/3 cup boiling water
1 tablespoon powdered green tea (from www.TeaSouce.com ), plus more for dusting
1/2 cup sugar
5 large egg yolks
1 1/4 cups cold heavy cream
1 tablespoon creme de menthe
Directions
1.Wrap six 2-ounce ramekins with parchment, extending 1-inch above rim. Secure with tape; set aside. Stir boiling water and tea in a bowl. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

2.Put sugar, egg yolks, and tea mixture into the bowl of an electric mixer set over a pan of simmering water. Whisk until lightened and fluffy, about 8 minutes. Attach bowl to mixer fitted with the whisk attachment; beat on medium speed until cool, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a bowl.

3.Put cream and creme de menthe into the clean bowl of an electric mixer fitted with the whisk attachment, and beat on medium-high until stiff peaks form. Fold into yolk-tea mixture. Divide among prepared ramekins. Freeze at least 4 hours (up to overnight). Remove parchment. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes before serving. Serve dusted with tea.