Green Tea Lime Cooler
Your daily green energy drink doesn’t have to consist of spinach or kale. Similarly, your caffeine source doesn’t have to be a cup (or six) of coffee. Try this Green Tea Lime Cooler for a healthy pick-me-up. It’s easy to prepare, delicious, and full of antioxidants. What more could you want in a beverage?
- 1 green tea bag
- Juice from 1/2 lime
- 1/2-1 teaspoon agave nectar
- Handful of ice
- Garnish (optional): mint leaves, lime wedges, or cucumber slices
- Boil water and steep green tea in about 1 and 1/2 cups boiling water for about five minutes.
- Add in lime juice and agave nectar (or sweetener of your choice). Stir until mixed.
- Add a handful of ice.
- Drink up and enjoy!
Drink yields one serving. PopSugar recommends swapping green tea for jasmine if you’re craving a floral taste. To make a pitcher’s worth of this green tea, triple the recipe and drink within 48 hours for freshness.
This drink works for a number of reasons—namely for the natural stimulation and antioxidants found in the citrus. Caffeine has been studied for its ability to improve cognitive function, combat fatigue, and even improve performance in the gym when consumed one hour before exercise. When opting for tea rather than coffee to get your morning energy boost, there are a few added benefits you’ll enjoy.
- Fewer calories. This is generally true unless you drink black coffee. Many coffee drinkers add cream and sugar that equate to added calories and fat.
- Tea contains less caffeine than coffee—great if you’re particularly sensitive to the stimulant.
- Green tea contains catechin — a powerful antioxidant studied for its role in reversing cell damage.
- Green tea may improve blood flow and regulate blood sugar—particularly helpful for diabetes patients.
- Drinking tea is a relaxing ritual for many despite the fact that caffeine may produce an opposite effect once it kicks in. Consider tea rather than coffee if you enjoy a morning yoga, journaling, or meditation session.
- Health-related benefits aside, tea won’t darken your teeth as coffee does and will likely save you more dough—especially if you’re a frequent coffee shop patron.
Now that you understand the science behind this green tea energy drink, you should know about the other ingredients. For starters, agave nectar—like honey—is a natural sweetener. Plain white sugar lacks nutritional value adding nothing to your diet except calories.
Agave, on the other hand, has a low-glycemic index meaning it won’t produce a dramatic rise or fall in blood sugar. It also contains saponins and fructans – the former of which carry anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties to support the body’s immune system. Add a refreshing squeeze of lime and you’re adding a digestive aid, constipation fighter, and urinary system cleanse to your diet.
In short, this spruced-up green tea is a simple answer to your energy problems. A green energy drink is more than an A.M. boost—under the surface it’s working wonders for your physical and mental health. If you struggle with consuming the recommended servings of fruits and vegetables, add one scoop of green supplement powder to taste. Sound like your cup of tea? Thought so.