Have you given up on green tea because it tastes…well, “yucky?” With all of the health benefits of green tea, you may want to give it another go and I’ll give you some tips that will have that green tea tasting better in no time!
I love a warm cup of green tea to relax me after a meal and to help with digestion. But it also packs a ton of health benefits besides being a digestive aid and stress-reducing relaxant. It increases metabolism, lowers blood pressure, kills cancer cells, reduces bad cholesterol, inhibits the spread of disease, helps with wrinkles and other signs of aging, protects brain cells and even helps regulate blood sugar and therefore, insulin.
But what happens if you don’t like the taste?
1. Make sure that you’re making it right. If it steeps too long or your water is too hot, it may taste bitter. For tea bags, I’d recommend steeping for about 3 minutes. For loose leaves, I’d say around 4 minutes. Longer than that, the tea will start to take on a bitter taste. Still too bitter? No worries. Start out slow and make it weak – steep for 1 or 2 minutes and as you acquire the taste, you can steep longer. If the water you’re using is too hot, the same thing happens – bitterness. Water should be around 75-80 degrees Celsius.
2. Add some flavor. Still not feeling the flavor? Then add some others! My personal favorite is unsweetened coconut flakes for hot tea, or a squeeze of orange wedge in iced green tea. You could also try a squeeze of lemon, pomegranate seeds, green stevia, ginger, dried lavender, mint, or goji berries. Each addition can make a huge difference, so experiment and see which ones you like!
3. Add other teas for flavor. With tea stores, tea cafes and tea tasting rooms popping up more and more frequently, they should be able to help you make new and wonderful tea combinations. I love mixing teas. I add herbals to my white teas, I add greens to my whites, I add red (or rooibos) tea to my green and the combinations are endless. And can often mean the difference between a cup that is “okay” and a cup that you love.
4. Try iced tea. Some people love iced green tea or hot green tea and can’t stand the other. Again, you’ve just gotta try in order to know!
Keep experimenting and trying new things. Just because you had it a handful of times and didn’t like it, doesn’t mean you won’t find the one that suits you. With all of these health benefits, it’s totally worth it to try again!
Please note that green tea contains caffeine, so if you are sensitive to caffeine, this may not be a good choice for you. Green tea also contains tannins that decrease the absorption of iron and folic acid. So if you are trying to conceive or are pregnant, I do not recommend it.