Happy National Tea Day! Whether you are sipping sencha in a Tokyo tea garden or enjoying a cup of matcha in Peru, you can savor your favorite bev knowing that it’s healthy and energizing. We’ve compiled a list of the healthiest things to add to tea so that you can enjoy your bev while living well.
So go on and put the kettle on the stove. Get out your favorite mug and add one of these healthy ingredients to your tea for a sublime experience.
Healthiest Things To Add To Your Tea:
- Milk: Milk is one of the most common ingredients to add to tea everywhere from Britain to India to Hong Kong. How you want to make the tea is up to your preference. Some like just a splash of milk, others will brew the tea in milk. Crazy! Adding milk is a great way to get protein and calcium.
- Ginger: A great digestive aid, ginger can be used to curb nausea, vomiting or upset stomach due to motion sickness. It also reduces inflammation and strengthens immunity. Steep ginger root in kettle for 10-15 minutes, or mix in a scoop of ginger puree.
- Honey: Sometimes a little sweetness makes a cup of tea. Honey is a healthy alternative to refined sugar. Buy local to help with allergies.
- Basil Leaf: This aromatic leaf is a member of the mint family and is a soothing addition to teas for a pleasant after-meal drink. Add dried basil to a cup of tea to combat mental fatigue and for a calming experience.
- Lemon: A slice of lemon makes a cup of Earl Grey a citrus delight, and is one of the healthiest things to add to tea. We reported that lemon water helps the liver and has many antiviral properties. The same benefits transfer over to tea. Add the lemon slices to the teapot and steep for 5 minutes. Add additional lemon slices when the cup is ready to drink for a transcendent lemon experience.
- Mint: Perfect for a cup of iced tea on a summer day. Muddle 5-10 mint leaves at the bottom of the class to help soothe indigestion and indulge in aromatherapy.
- Cinnamon: Chai tea is a little piece of heaven with cinnamon shavings on top. Or add a whole stick of cinnamon and a little bit of honey to a cup for a delicious treat that will reduce LDL cholesterol levels and regulate blood sugar.
- Orange Peel: Add sweetness and citrus to your tea for a great source of Vitamin C, Vitamin B1 and choline, folic acid, antioxidant flavonoids, d-limonene, alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, and aldehyde.
- Coconut Oil: A spoonful of coconut oil will melt into your cup of tea to make it creamy and taste like delicious coconut. Coconut oil is a healthy source of fat and blocks infections, thanks to Lauric Acid.
- Grapefruit Juice: Iced green tea sparkles and shines with a bit of grapefruit juice. The fat burning enzymes in grapefruit help increase your body’s metabolism, keeping you slim and healthy.
While you’re celebrating National Tea Day, read our article about the top 10 teas for good health!