I don’t like coffee. I never have and I have no real desire to start drinking it now. If I do drink coffee, it’s only when I’ve gotten absolutely no sleep the night before and desperately need to wake up (and it must be iced with skim milk, no matter how cold it is outside). Tea, on the other hand, I could drink all the time. There’s just something about a hot cup of tea at the end of a long day that melts away any stress or tension I might have had.  

My dad’s always been a big tea drinker. For as long as I can remember, every night after work he would boil some water, pick out a bag of tea (he has a box that’s constantly filled with rotating varieties), and watch whatever happened to be on TV with his perfectly steeped cup of tea. It looked so relaxing that I decided I wanted to start drinking tea too. I would ask my dad to put on some extra water when he made his tea and I’d pick out a new flavor to try. That’s when I noticed that, more often than not, he would choose green tea over any of the other kinds in the box.


The tea box


When I first tried green tea, I wasn’t really a fan. I loaded it up with lemon juice and honey to mask the bitter, grassy flavor. But I continued to drink it because, as I soon found out, it’s pretty good for you. Green tea has tons of antioxidants and polyphenols to protect against free radicals, lowers cholesterol and best of all, boosts metabolism for easier weight loss. According to an article on Lifehack, green tea can even reduce your risk of diabetes, heart disease, depression and cancer, and serve as an anti-viral and anti-bacterial agent. I learned to live with the taste and now I drink it almost every day.  

There are, of course, many other types of tea with similar health benefits, but green tea is arguably one of the healthiest teas you can drink. However, if green isn’t your “cup of tea” (excuse the terrible pun), there’s still plenty of delicious ways to reap its benefits, like Tempura Bananas with Coconut-Green Tea Sauce from Food Network. To make this recipe just slightly healthier, I would recommend using light cream or half and half in place of heavy cream.


What’s your favorite tea flavor to brew?