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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Iced Lemongrass Green Tea

Iced Lemongrass Green Tea

I was overjoyed when I saw this simple refreshing drink recipe from The Malaysian Women's Weekly foodbook which I bought few days ago. The main reason is; lemongrass and green tea with a twist of lemon slices are my all time favourite. I love using lemongrass as one of the ingredients in Asian cooking. It smells simply fragrant and taste delicious.

I am consuming Japanese green tea daily, which helps in maintaing good health and helps in weight loss. To achieve an ideal weight and slim body are every ladies' dream especially after becoming a Mommy. I was eager to try it out as soon as I saw the recipe, since it contains of natural goodness and a refreshing drink. I love the smell of lemongrass in this drink and it is a prefect combination of green tea and lemon slices with few drizzles of raw honey! I have modified the recipe by adding 2 tablespoons of raw honey to enhance the taste. It is great to consume a glass of drink full of goodness and thirst quenching in this hot season.

Lemongrass and green tea are versatile ingredients in cooking and also beneficial in maintaining good health. Their goodness is well-known regardless of traditional or modern medical benefits. Lemon grass is not only a useful ingredient in the kitchen but also one of the natural remedy of inserts and mosquitoes rebellion agent. There are many household products using lemon grass extract due to their benefit of expelling inserts & mosquitoes, such as floor cleaner or moisquito rebellion badges. More benefits of lemongrass & recipe from my other post here.

Iced Lemongrass Green Tea

What makes green tea so special? The secret of green tea lies in the fact it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). EGCG is a powerful anti-oxidant: besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissue. Free radicals are the damaging compounds in the body which alters the cells, tampers with the DNA or may also cause cell death. The occurrence of Free radicals is natural in the body but environmental pollutants can also get added as the damaging particles in the body. Polyphenols which are present in the Green tea are excellent anti-oxidants which neutralizes the Free radicals and helps in preventing the damage caused by the free radical. Green tea also helps the body in protecting the cells from damages which are believed to be linked with Cancer. Hence Green tea is considered as a powerful anti-oxidant.

Besides, a powerful anti-oxidant, green tea helps in boosting the metabolism rate of the body and also helps in burning fat. In another words, green tea induces weight loss. The reason why it helps in preventing obesity is that it blocks the movement of Glucose in Fat cells. It has substances known as Polyphenols which are proven to help in weight loss by increasing the metabolism of fats by the liver, stops the lipase (a fat absorbing enzyme) in the digestive tract and also provides the fullness feeling. Polyphenols especially Catechins do not function as a stimulant but helps in burning calories. For those ladies out there who wants to lose some weight, consuming green tea daily is definitely a good option.

There are few medical conditions in which drinking green tea is reputed to be helpful:
• cancer
• rheumatoid arthritis
• high cholesterol levels
• cariovascular disease
• infection
• impaired immune function

Even there are so many positive health benefits of green tea, there are also some negative issues too. Green tea is not recommended for pregnant or lactating women. In addition, negative effects of green tea leaves would link to individuals who have allergies. In this case, someone who is caffeine sensitive could develop problems such as hives and rash from consuming green tea. With caffeine being a stimulant that affects the central nervous system, other problems could result such as insomnia, excessive urination, reduction of potassium levels, and even incontinence. Check out more info here

References of Green Tea from:
Ezinearticles
Chinesefood.about

Iced Lemongrass Green Tea

Source: Recipe adapted and modified from The Malaysian Women's Weekly foodbook Issue 2 - Cooking Made Simple
Serves 4
Japanese Green Tea
Ingredients:
3 stalks Lemon grass (about 6-7cm long), halved lengthwise and crushed lightly
700ml Water
2 Green tea bags (I used Japanese 100% Green Tea Bag)
Ice cubes
2 - 3 tbsps Raw honey (I used Organic Wildflower Honey)
2 Lemon, sliced thinly reserved 4 lemon slices to decorate
Halved lemon grass stalks to decorate

Method:
1. Combine lemon grass and water in a pot. Bring to a quick boil over medium heat.
2. Lower fire and allow to simmer for 15 mins. Turn off fire and add tea bags. Leave to sleep for 10 mins.
3. Let the juice cold down and drain away the ingredients. Add the honey to taste.
4. To serve, fill glasses with ice. Add 2 lemon slices in each glass. Top with tea and add halved lemon grass stalks & lemon slices to decorate.

28 Comentários:

Anggie's Journal said...

with lemon grass ?? no sure i like the taste or not ..... :P

Inspired Momx1 said...

I feel refreshed even by looking at the picture of the drink.;) Must try it out one day. Thanks for sharing!

Bits of Taste said...

Anggie: Give it a try! That is my first impression too, but after trying it, I find it is refreshing and nice. Even my son and my hubby liked it.

IM1: Thanks! Let me know how do you find it.

tigerfish said...

I have tried Lemongrass Tea but not the Green Tea version. Good idea!

Craft Passion said...

Cool!!! This is so refreshing especially in these crazy climate here!!!
Will try one!!!
Thanks :)

Bits of Taste said...

tigerfish: Thanks! I am sure you will like it.

CP: Thanks! Give it a try and let me know the result!

Anncoo said...

I have green tea and lemon grass at home. Must try this, sounds so good!

Bits of Taste said...

Thanks Anncoo! Give it a try!

The Food Addicts said...

Yeah I have lemon grass and green tea this has to be refreshing on a hot summer day. I will save it for then.

Food For Tots said...

Never try or drink this tea before. Sounds so unique! Will give it a try if I have both ingredients at home. ;)

Bits of Taste said...

TFA: Hi, give it a try!

FFT: Give it a try friend, it is refreshing especially our weather here so hot recently.

pigpigscorner said...

Great idea adding lemongrass! Sounds really refreshing!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Wow, this looks so good and refreshing. Can't wait for the weather to get warmer here.

Bits of Taste said...

PPC: Thanks!

LCOM: Thanks! Hope you like it for Summer!

Ravenous Couple said...

this looks great for summer!

Mei said...

Hi Alice..thank you for sharing this drink.. it's simply refreshing :)

Bits of Taste said...

Ravenous Couple: Thank you so much for dropping by and your kind comment! Glad you two liked it.

Mei: Hi Mei, thanks! It had been long time didn't hear from you!

noobcook said...

I love lemongrass drink, I heard all kinds of benefits with drinking it. It's a cheap ingredient yet the drink is always so expensive outside. Best to make at home! :D

Bits of Taste said...

Haha... yes Wiffy! (noobcook), I agreed.

Angie's Recipes said...

A very refreshing tea! The colour looks so IN!

Christine@Christine's Recipes said...

Lemon grass is a versatile spice. Love it more and more. Your quick recipe is a keeper for hot days. This drink is very refreshing.

Bits of Taste said...

Thanks Angie!

Thanks Christine!

pingmouse said...

hi just chanced upon your site! what a coincidence. I also have a son who's going to be 5 and am constantly trying to whip up good and nutritious food for him. Glad to have found your recipes which I will definitely try on him soon :)

Btw are young children allowed to drink green tea? Did you give some of this concoction for your son to try? My son loves to try anything I eat/drink. He's very wai-sik mau.

Bits of Taste said...

Hi Mommy Pingmouse, thank you so much for dropping by my site and I am so glad that you found the recipes useful for your 5 year old son.
As green tea contains caffeine, I don't recommend this drink to your son. But, you and your hubby can enjoy it, it is very refreshing! Hope to see you around again!

Jane Amora said...

Hi! Thanks for the recipe! I featured it in my food blog. Here's the link if you want to see the review: http://stepbystepcooking.net/?p=107

Thanks thanks!

Bits of Taste said...

Thanks Jane for trying out this recipe. Glad your family liked it.

Anonymous said...

Thanks for explaining it

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