How Green Tea Helps in Weight Loss

Losing weight is humongous task. Not just because of the physical strains or the strict routine slimming centers are famous to recommend; but for the discipline that one needs to impose in life. However, one part of that control won’t be tricky to follow – it’s having cups of green tea. Natural green tea is well recognized for its fat burning quality along with other dietary benefits. Let us see how green tea helps in reducing weight.

Improving metabolism

You must have heard of metabolism. It is the series of chemical reactions that keep on going inside our body  cells to sustain life; there are 3 major purposes of metabolism

  • Converting food to energy for supporting intra and inter cellular activities
  • For building some macro nutrients, and
  • Stopping nitrogen wastes, created in protein metabolism.

And all these reactions burn calories without you moving a single muscle or pumping iron. Even when we are in complete rest, sleeping, our bodies burn these calories. It is called basal metabolic rate. For an average male this is roughly around 1800 calories; for women it’s around 1400 calories. However, BMR can vary depending on age, body size, body composition and, of course, with life style. For an able bodied human being BMR consists of nearly 60-70% of total daily energy requirement. So, tweaking metabolism is a great way to get rid of excess bulge. Many physical workouts try to help that.

Exactly that is what all natural green tea does. Caffeine and flavonoid, that a cup of green tea contains, lift up metabolic rate. They also help increasing fat oxidation and impact insulin activity. So, even staying on regular diet you can lose weight by burning some extra calories. Green tea is less processed so contain high amount of polyphenol, called Catechins. It prevents fat accumulation and also increases body temperature helping fat burning. Also, ECGC or Epigallocatechin gallate in green tea helps losing weight. It inhibits enzyme that increases level of norepinephrine hormone in body. This hormone signals adipose cells or fat cells to burn fat by converting them into fatty acid. Fatty acid is then move through blood stream. Along with green tea if you adds workout in the routine, 17% more fat can be burned with same diet.

So, how much green tea you should have?  

It’s a valid question. There are different varieties of green teas available. Some of them are organic green tea and some are not. You can buy loose green tea from any store or order online. For visible result on your health, ideally you need to consume 2 to 3 cups of green tea daily. With average brewing, 1 cup of green tea contains nearly 12 mg caffeine and 150 mg catechins. Along with brewed green tea, you can take green tea extracts, which is highly rich in active ingredients. Avoid adding sugar though, obviously; it cuts down the weight loss benefits. Instead you can add honey as sweetener. It contains vitamins and minerals, which support weight loss.

Interested to buy green tea? Check out 6 natural green varieties from TE-A-ME Teas.

How Can a Cup of Tea Take Care of Your Health Besides Being Refreshing?

Lemon Black tea

Lemon Black tea

A cup of piping hot water with a few tea leaves in it, some sugar and a few drops of milk – doesn’t it sound refreshing like anything else in the world? And now if you replace a cup of piping hot water with a cup of iced water and remove milk (which makes the perfect recipe for iced tea), it sounds equally refreshing, right?

That’s the best part of tea. Whether served hot or cold, it never fails to refresh you with its wonderful soothing aroma, and as we all know, it’s not a matter of today rather a long history, spreading across multiple cultures over the span of thousands of years. And now this culture has become our obsession and more so, it has become a luxury experience with innovative blending and essence that gives a kickass boost to our body and mind.

Having said that, what reminds me is the array of flavoured tea available in the market, which I find much more refreshing and I am sure so you will.

Black lemon tea

Being a tea enthusiast, you can start your day with a cup of black lemon tea. It has an amazing aroma blended with the right amount of tangy flavour that makes my morning bright and healthy. Are you still stuck to the word healthy? Wait I will come to that. Black tea is a calorie free beverage that contains theaflavin antioxidants and thereby, helps to lower the risk of stroke and heart disease.  Lemon, on the other hand, being a source of antioxidant, increases the staying power of antioxidants in black tea. Hence, the blend of two offers enormous health benefits to the drinkers.

P.S. Drink black lemon tea without whipped cream and sugar to enjoy its original tangy taste and more health benefits.

Honey lemon tea

The tangy flavour of lemon and sweet taste of honey adds syrupy taste to the tea which is to die for.  Owing to antibacterial and natural antioxidant properties, it re-energizes your body and mind and also helps you to combat acute diseases. In fact, honey lemon tea is known for reducing the risk of skin cancer. The combination of both the ingredients (honey and lemon) acts as a body cleanser and removes toxins from the body and thereby, improves digestive system and cures skin disorders.

Green mint tea

Green mint tea is another great combination of green tea and mint leaves. This unique flavour of tea delivers an energizing blend of spearmint and peppermint leaves, balance with the natural flavour of green tea. Containing the right amount of dietary fiber, vitamin and mineral, a daily cup of green tea can boost your immunity and provide you with a lot of anti-oxidants.

So, now is the time to enjoy a cup of pipping hot flavoured tea and refresh your mind and body. Cheers!

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Make These 3 Irresistible Drinks with Strawberry Cream Infusion

If you’re looking for a drink that can perfectly pair with your special moments, strawberry cream infusion is what you need. While it’s a sheer delight all on its own, you can also use it to create drinks and mocktails that make every occasion memorable. We’re sharing with you three such recipes. Read on!

Strawberry Cream Iced Tea

This drink gets prepared in a few minutes if you have pre-arranged all the ingredients at your workstation. Here’s what you’ll need to prepare 4 servings of this drink:

  • 4 bags of Te-A-Me Strawberry Cream Infusion
  • 2 bags of Te-A-Me lemon tea
  • 4 cups of water
  • Sugar, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of lemon juice
  • Fresh mint leaves and frozen strawberries for garnishing (optional)

Take 4 cups of water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Place the infusion as well as tea bags in a jar. After the water boils, turn off the flame and pour it into the jar. Let the bags steep in the hot water for around 5-6 minutes. Let the mixture cool off completely. Store in the fridge until chilled.

Now your strawberry cream iced tea is ready to be served. Pour into individual glasses over ice and garnish with fresh mint leaves and frozen strawberries if you want.

Strawberry Cream Margarita

This non-alcoholic version of popular margarita is full of fabulous flavors. Since you’ll not be using any alcohol in this drink, you can serve this to both, kids and adults — which makes the drink perfect for all gatherings!

  • 4 bags of Te-A-Me Strawberry Cream Infusion
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of strawberries
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup sparkling water
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • Ice cubes
  • Honey to taste
  • Coarse sugar (for the rims of the glasses)
  • 1 lemon cut into wheels for garnish

Before you begin the recipe, it’s a great idea to prep the glass in which you’ll serve the drink. For this, you need to rub some lemon juice onto the rim of a cocktail glass. Roll the glass rim in coarse sugar to evenly coat it and keep inside your fridge until needed.

Prepare four cups of Te-A-Me Strawberry Cream Infusion and set aside to cool.

Combine strawberries, orange juice, sparkling water, lime juice and ice into your blender and blend until smooth. Mix the blended mixture with the strawberry cream infusion.

Fill 1/3rd of a margarita glass with crushed ice and pour the prepared concoction. Garnish with lemon wheel and serve chilled.

Fizzy Strawberry Cream Spritzer

This is a sweet and simple drink that’s perfect for those time when you crave that delicately balanced strawberries and cream flavour. The addition of soda makes this drink a light and refreshing treat.

Here are the ingredients you need to whip up a batch of this gorgeous drink:

  • 4 bags of Te-A-Me Strawberry Cream Infusion
  • 4 cups of water
  • 3 tablespoons of strawberry syrup
  • 2-3 strawberries, thinly sliced (plus extra for garnish)
  • Sugar to taste
  • Chilled club soda
  • Crushed ice
  • Mint leaves for garnish

Take 4 cups of water in a saucepan and bring it to a boil. Pour into a jar and place the infusion bags and strawberry slices in it to steep. Let the mix steep for around 5-6 minutes. Remove infusion bags and set aside to cool off completely. Stir in the strawberry syrup and sugar. Store the infusion mix in the fridge until chilled.

Muddle (crush lightly) some sliced strawberries in the bottom of a glass. Fill the glass with ice and top with the infusion mix. Stir gently to incorporate everything and top off with chilled soda. Garnish with strawberry slices and mint leaves before serving.

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5 Chamomile Infusion Recipes for All Seasons

Chamomile is a well-known remedy for sleepless nights and days you’re feeling under the weather. But did you know — a box of chamomile infusion can do more than just calm your nerves? From festive brunches to parties to holidays, chamomile infusion can bring a mild yet a sweet, flowery twist to your everyday mocktails and delight your guests in ways more than one, all round the year.

Check out these amazing Chamomile Infusion-based recipes that you can easily rustle up using Te-A-Me Chamomile Infusion. Each Te-A-Me infusion bag contains the goodness of fresh and authentic Egyptian chamomile petals that help to reduce your stress and anxiety levels.

Cold-Brewed Chamomile Infusion

This is a great basic recipe if you’re using Chamomile infusion to make mocktails and other beverages. Instead of the regular process where we brew the infusion in hot water, cold brewing helps produce a smoother, delicate, and better flavoured concoction without the hint of bitterness. For this simple process, you’ll need:

  • Cold water- 4 cups
  • Te-A-Me Chamomile Infusion – 4 bags
  • Sugar or honey – according to your preference and taste

To make cold brewed chamomile infusion, all you need to do is, add the chamomile infusion bags to 4 cups of cold water. Cover and let the mixture refrigerate for a few hours up to overnight. Stir sugar or honey to taste and enjoy the drink as it is or use it to make other delicious mocktails.

Chamomile Infusion Mocktail

A sparkling chamomile infused mocktail needs only a few ingredients but creates a mouthful of bold and beautiful flavours to be enjoyed in every sip! Here’s what you’ll need to make 4 servings of the drink:

  • 4 bags of Te-A-Me Chamomile Infusion
  • 4 cups of water
  • Honey (as per your taste)
  • Soda or tonic water
  • Ice cubes

Make cold brewed chamomile infusion following our first recipe. Pour the prepared brew over a tall glass half filled with ice. Stir in some honey and finish off with soda or tonic water.

Fruity Chamomile Fizz

A perfect drink for kids and adults. Serve this at a party and delight your guests with this wonderfully flavoured and tasty drink! To make 4 servings of the drink, you’ll need:

  • 4 bags of Te-A-Me Chamomile Infusion
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup of grape juice
  • 1 cup of apple juice
  • 1 cup of cranberry or pomegranate juice
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 3-4 teaspoons of blueberry syrup
  • Honey or sugar (as per your taste)
  • Soda
  • Crushed ice
  • Thinly sliced apples or pomegranate seeds to garnish (optional)

Make cold brewed chamomile infusion by adding 4 bags of Te-A-Me Chamomile Infusion to 4 cups of water. Set the mixture aside in a refrigerator for at least 4-5 hours.

In a jar, mix the chamomile brew with the fruit juices and blueberry syrup. Stir in the honey or sugar, whichever you are using. Pour over crushed ice in a large glass and top off with soda. Garnish with slices of apples and pomegranate seeds, if desired.

Chamomile Flavoured Lemonade

Take your simple lemonade one notch higher with this recipe. For this, you’ll need:

  • 4 bags of Te-A-Me Chamomile Infusion
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1 cup thin sugar syrup
  • ½ cup lemon juice
  • Lemon wedges for garnishing

For thin sugar syrup:

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup water

Brew 4 bags of Te-A-Me Chamomile Infusion in 4 cups of boiling water and let the mixture steep for 4-5 minutes. Discard the infusion bags and set the mixture aside to cool.

To make a thin sugar syrup, combine sugar and 1 cup water in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Stir the mixture until sugar is completely dissolved. Let the syrup cool completely.

In a mixing jar, combine sugar syrup, lemon juice and chamomile infusion. Chill in the fridge before serving. Pour over ice and garnish with lemon wedges, if desired.

Chamomile Pina Colada

Who doesn’t like pina colada? It’s a classic mocktail and chamomile lends an interesting layer of flavour to it. Here’s what you’ll need to rustle up a batch:

  • 2 bags of Te-A-Me Chamomile Infusion
  • 2 cups of water
  • 1/2 cup frozen pineapple chunks
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • Honey or sugar, to taste
  • Ice cubes
  • 2 tablespoon chopped basil (optional)

Boil the 4 cups of water in a small saucepan. Remove from the heat and add the Te-A-Me Chamomile Infusion bags. Let them steep for 4-5 minutes. Let the brew cool completely.

Combine chamomile infusion, pineapple chunks, pineapple juice, coconut milk, honey/sugar, and ice to a blender and blend until a smooth consistency. Pour into chilled hurricane glass and top off with more crushed ice. Add some basil for a unique kick!

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