Green tea lemonade is absolutely delicious and refreshing, it is simple to make. Plus, the ingredients – green tea, lemon, honey and cinnamon – are readily available in your home kitchen. People are becoming more and more cautious about the health effects of carrying around extra weight and are alternatively looking for innovative recipes that can help them lose some pounds.
Green tea was originated in China, but its production has spread to many countries in Asia. It contains the antioxidant epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), which helps burn fat and also maintain your metabolism rate high.
A 2007 study published in the Journal of the American College of Nutrition suggests that EGCG has the potential to increase fat oxidation, which highlights the anti-obesity effects of green tea.
A 2008 studypublishedintheJournalofMedicine-based(the chemistry of living things)and Nutritionfoundthatthepolyphenolsinlemonsactasbody-healing chemicalsandhelpstimulate thelivertoburnfat.
Plus, lemon is high in pectin fiber, which helps fight hunger cravings and keeps you feeling full longer.
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A 2011 study published in Nutrition Research suggests that compared to sucrose, honey may reduce weight gain and adiposity, presumably due to lower food intake, and promote lower serum triglycerides but higher non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol concentrations.
For the best weight-loss results, cinnamon also plays a key role. However, cinnamon alone cannot result in weight loss. Eating fewer calories and following a strict exercise routine is a must.
A 2006 study published in the Journal of the International Society of Sports Nutrition notes that cinnamon extract helps improve body composition by increasing lean mass and decreasing body fat.
How to Make Green Tea Lemonade for Weight Loss
Looking at the benefits of the ingredients, green tea lemonade is clearly a great beverage to include in your daily weight-loss diet.
Things you’ll need:
Water – 2 cups
Green tea bag – 1
Honey – 2 to 3 teaspoons
Lemon zest and juice – from 1 lemon
Cinnamon stick – ½ inch
1. Put 2 cups of water in a pan.
2. Gently scrape the zest of 1 lemon using a zester, grater or a sharp paring knife and add it to the boiling water. Make sure the lemon is thoroughly washed.
3. Add a piece of cinnamon stick to the water
4. Cover and allow the water to boil.
5. Turn off the heat. Put 1 green tea bag in the hot water, cover and let it steep for 3 to 5 minutes. Then, set the tea aside to cool down.
6. Strain it.
7. Add the juice of 1 lemon to the prepared tea.
8. Add 2 teaspoons of organic honey to it and stir gently.
9. Keep your green tea lemonade in the refrigerator to cool down or add few ice cubes and drink it immediately.
In addition to its lemony and refreshing taste, this green tea lemonade will help burn fat and remove toxins from your body.
If you want, you can add a pinch of cayenne pepper to your green tea lemonade for extra benefits.
You can make a large batch of this beverage and store it in the refrigerator. Drink 1 or 2 glasses of it daily.
Always use organic lemon and good quality honey to make this beverage.
If you do not have a cinnamon stick, add a little bit of cinnamon powder to this refreshing drink before serving.
After using the green tea bags, store them in the refrigerator. There are many beauty uses for used green tea bags.