By Cynthia DeWitte
Studies show promise for a long list of health benefits from drinking green tea, some of which include cancer prevention, cancer fighting, and cholesterol reduction. It has shown promise as an anti-diabetic, antibacterial, anti-viral and even anti-cavity. The list of benefits to drinking green tea seems to be growing as it is studied more extensively. When researching this topic, the number of professional journal articles showing the benefits of green tea was enormous.
WebMD Weight Loss Clinic-Feature writer, Jeanie Lerche Davis, quotes, “82-year old John Weisburger, PhD and Senior Researcher at the Institute for Cancer Prevention in Valhalla, N.Y.,” as saying, “ ‘I’ve published more than 500 papers, including a hell of a lot on tea,” says Weisburger, who drinks 10 cups daily. ‘I was the first American researcher to show that tea modifies the metabolism to detoxify harmful chemicals.’”
Now I wouldn’t drink 10 cups a day personally, but some of you might! Weisburger certainly thinks it’s a good idea and he ought to know, since he has studied it extensively. This smoothie is a way to get a reasonable two cups into you day in a nice, refreshing way.
Green Tea Cooler
16 oz. green tea, cold
1 cup honeydew or similar melon, cold
½ lemon, peeled (don’t bother removing seeds)
1 Tbsp fresh ginger root
2 cups bok choy, including stalk and leaves
2 cups kale
Make sure all ingredients are cold before starting. The tea can be made the night before and refrigerated in a jar.
If you don’t have a high powered blender, start with the green tea, melon, lemon, ginger and bok choy. Blend until smooth before adding the kale. Blend again until smooth.
The photo above shows the Green Tea Cooler with the addition of 1 Tbsp. chia seeds and 1 Tbsp. rose hip powder.
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