Green tea is one of the most popular drinks in the world along with coffee and black tea. Do you know how it is produced and where it comes from?
The origins lay in Asia, and it has a history as long as 4000 years. China was the first country to harvest tea leaves and make drinks from them. Later the precious plant was imported into Japan. Buddhists used it in their rituals, but at the time it became a tradition and an everyday routine. Today amongst the primary producers and leaders on the market are many Asia countries. The big players are China, Japan, Sri Lanka, and India.
For the production of is used an evergreen plant called Camellia sinensis. Camellia sinensis has over 40 different types of species. It is the base for other kinds of tea, including white, black and oolong tea. It is the way of processing which makes the difference between the types and flavors.
Green tea is often called detox or anti-oxidant because oxidation is prevented during processing.
Production and processing is a complicated procedure and hard work. In early spring and always in the morning leaves are harvested by hand. Then the leaves go through a stage of steaming, followed by pre-drying. Pre-drying stops the chemical process of oxidation.
When leaves are pre-dried, they are ready to be rolled. Many producers use machines for this, but some of the most excellent harvests are rolled by hand. Rolling preserves the flavor and regulates the quantity of oil inside the leaves.
After rolling the tea goes under another drying stage, this is the final drying. The final stage is grinding or shaping. The dried leaves are pressed through meshes to select larger or smaller leaves. The larger leaves are appropriate for lighter drinks, while the smaller is great for full, dark tea.
Along with this long process at the stage or post-drying, some flavors can be added, such as flowers or fruits. This is how your favorite jasmine or peach tea is made.
Types of green, tea and its amazing benefits
As we mentioned, Camellia sinensis grows in 40 different kinds of species. Quite a lot to list them all, but it’s worth to know the most popular and tastiest types of green tea on the market.
Sencha – The world famous. You probably tried it without knowing it is this type. It has long leaves, and it is processed traditionally with hand rolling.
Matcha – Matcha is made of the grounded leaves of Koicha ( another less favorite type ). It is similar to a bush plant, and its leaves are not separated from the drinks – you consume them. Matcha tea is sometimes an ingredient in Japanese dishes and the main drink in traditional ceremonies.
Gyokuro – Gyokuro is rich in flavor and with a minimum amount of oxidants. This is a result of the growing process. The tea bushes are covered to isolate them from sunlight during the final stage of growing.
Hojicha – Hojicha has a slightly browner color. It is light, aromatic tea ideal for kids because it contains almost no caffeine. This is because the leaves go through roasting at a high temperature extracting the caffeine from the plant.i
All types of teas do fantastic work for your body and overall health condition. It can prevent many diseases and improve your tonus. Here’s what the magical drink can do for your body:
- Prevents developing diabetes
- Prevents heart diseases and atherosclerosis
- Works as antioxidant
- Fights cancer cells in the body
- Improves memory and concentration
- Saves from Alzheimer disease at old age
- It is an awesome fat burner
- Energizes the body and it’s an excellent and healthier substitute for coffee
- It is the drink of longevity increasing life duration
- It is unique for dry skin, work as an anti-aging agent, Korean women use to keep their skin nice and smooth
- Works anti-bacterial
- Reduces blood pressure levels and dangerous cholesterol levels
Why use green tea as a fat burner?
There are dozens of researchers and different opinions of whether is an actual fat burner. It works as a fat burner thanks to its ingredients helpful for the metabolic processes. Green tea alone is a fat burner but will make you slim in case you rely only on the drink.
It contains caffeine in an amount smaller than coffee does. You will find about 40 mg in one cup. Caffeine is a popular fat burner, stimulating the organism to use more energy, therefore consume more calories. Green tea can substitute coffee, as a healthier option, not rising your heart rate.
Another fat burner booster in the tea is the types of antioxidants it contains called catechins. The catechin called EGCG is responsible for blocking the degradation of a certain hormone – norepinephrine. This hormone is connected with metabolism, and it’s used in many dietary product and supplements as a fat burner.
The longer the hormone works in the blood, the more fat cells are being used by the body. This tea serves as a fat burner. It also stimulates thermogenesis, a process when the body generates heat to burn calories.
A fat burner, but only when it is combined with proper exercises and balanced diet. Drinking tea as a fat burner a couple of times a day will increase the amount of your energy for training and exercises. It will keep you hydrated and assure a healthy dose of caffeine per day.
It is entirely natural and the healthiest way to stimulate your body and metabolism.
Green tea recipes for fat burning
Preparing tasty smoothies and lemonades for fat burning is simple and healthy for you. Add delicious drinks with green tea to your diet and make it part of you. The drinks will increase the effect of exercising, detox your body and give you more energy. You will assure the needed amount of liquids for one day, helping your body to stay hydrated and in good shape.
Lemonade with ginger
Sounds great and it is, especially for the summer served with ice. You can also have it as a hot drink if you prefer. You need any green tea, ginger, and lemon. This is it. This is a good start to the morning before any fat burner exercises. Here’s what you need:
- Two tablespoons of tea leaves
- A little piece of peeled ginger root
- Two lemons
- 1 liter of water
Put the water to boil, and make an infusion of the green tea and the sliced ginger root. Don’t boil it in the water or it will lose its valuable properties as a fat burner. Leave it for 5 to 8 minutes and remove the leaves and the ginger slices. Add the juice of the lemons and one stick cinnamon, and you’re ready. You don’t need sweetener, and you can consume it hot or cold with ice. If you prefer it cold, put some lemon slices in a big jug and leave it in the fridge.
Fat burner smoothie
This yummy recipe is nutrient and can be appropriate for breakfast or afternoon meal, before dinner. It contains a lot of vitamins A, B, potassium, and calcium, as well as iron. This recipe includes spinach, which is also an anti-oxidant and contains proteins and fibers while h minimal calories. Apple, on the other hand, is present in every diet and fat burning program. It is one of the fruits with a lot of fibers.
The ingredients are:
- 150 ml cold green tea
- Two green apples
- 150 gr baby spinach
- A couple of slices of ginger root
- One teaspoon honey
It is a super simple recipe, just put everything in a blender and mix it until you get smooth and creamy liquid. You can serve it with mint leaves or thin slices of green apple. Put some ice to make it a summer surprise for your guests and family.
Ice with lavender and mint flavor for fat burning
This is one refreshing and energizing recipe for a tasty and cold summer drink. Easy to prepare it will not only help you with your diet but will add flavor to your day. To prepare this, you don’t need anything but tea, ice, and some herbs. Lavender is calming and helps for dental health because it’s anti-bacterial. Mint is a body, and mid soothing also improves digestion. You can choose any green tea for this recipe.
Here’s what you need:
- 200 ml green tea cold
- 100 ml lavender infusion
- 100 ml mint herb infusion
- Half a lemon
- Ice cubes
Prepare the green tea as always, remember to pour the hot water over the dry tea leaves, and not boil them. The other herbs need a little more time to stay in hot water to get an aromatic and rich infusion. After the liquids are cold enough, you can put them in the fridge, but don’t mix them yet.
After 1 hour mix everything in a glass jug and add lemon slices and a couple of lavender stalks herb for decoration. You can serve it right away in high glasses with a lot of ice.
Fat burning matcha smoothie with pineapple and kiwi
Yes, it is as tasty as it sounds. Matcha tea is great for smoothies, as it is really fine and doesn’t need preliminary preparation. This recipe is with pineapple and kiwi, but you can choose whatever fruit you like. Matcha smoothies are rich in flavor and vitamins, and an effective fat burner stimulator.
- One tablespoon matcha grounded tea
- One peeled pineapple
- Two kiwi fruits
- Two tablespoons skimmed yogurt
- Artificial sweetener or honey
Put the yogurt and the matcha tea powder in a blender and mix well. Slice the fruits and put them in the blender as well. Smash everything until you get a nice and thick smoothie, you can add some sweetener or a little bit of honey to adjust the sweetness. You can serve the smoothie with crushed almonds as decoration.