Green tea has been enjoyed as a beverage and health tonic for over 5,000 years. One of the reasons green tea remains popular today (it is the most widely consumed beverage in the world!) is its amazing health benefits — including weight loss!
The Weight Loss Benefits of Green Tea
The caffeine in green tea may play a role in its ability to help with weight loss. Studies have shown caffeine to suppress appetite and boost metabolism to help burn fat. Of the fat that is lost from drinking green tea, a significant percentage is actually harmful belly fat.
Green tea is loaded with beneficial antioxidants, particularly catechins. One of these specific catechins is Epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), a substance that has been shown to signals fat cells to break down more fat, and boost metabolism.
Green tea helps control blood sugar levels. Studies have shown that green tea helps regulate glucose in the body and can even prevent type 1 diabetes from developing.
Green tea can actually increase fat burning during exercise. One study found that participants who took green tea extract before exercising burned 17% more fat than those who didn’t.
With this many weight loss benefits waiting for you, it’s time to start sipping some green tea! You don’t have to settle for a hot cup, however.
Here are six new ideas to drink (or eat!) green tea for weight loss.
Iced Green Tea with Mint and Ginger
Infusing green tea with mint, fresh ginger, and lemon not only makes for a refreshing, cold summer drink — it adds some intense benefits to this already healthy drink! Ginger and mint support healthy digestion, which can help reduce belly bloat. Lemon is a natural detoxifier, stimulating the liver and improving its efficiency.
Tea and Greens Smoothie
Replace a meal with a smoothie made from green tea and green veggies, and you will be on your way to weight loss and improved energy in a flash. This Good Green Tea Smoothie recipe includes green tea, white grapes, avocado, and baby spinach. Spinach is a fantastic source of beneficial B vitamins and iron, avocado offers heart-healthy monounsaturated fats, and white grapes will add even more beneficial antioxidants (and a touch of sweetness). All you need is a blender to be on your way to a smaller jean size.
Mango Green Tea Pops
When summer temperatures soar, no one wants to drink a hot beverage. Whip up a batch of these Mango Green Tea Pops instead, and you will have all of the benefits of green tea in a delicious frozen treat. This recipe uses Matcha green tea powder, coconut milk, fresh mango, and agave. Matcha green tea powder provides a concentrated amount of beneficial, weight-busting nutrients, because it is not diluted in water like regular tea.
Green Tea Cashew Coconut Bites
Looking for another way to use Matcha green tea powder? These Matcha Cashew Coconut Bites are a creative new way to use green tea for weight loss. This sugar free recipe mixes cashew and coconut butter to matcha green tea powder, and the dainty bites are topped with crunchy pistachios. A great snack for one, or a beautiful recipe to serve to friends – you will love eating your way to weight loss with this green tea recipe!
Green Tea Frappuccino
You don’t have to go to a local coffee shop to enjoy a creamy, frothy blended Green Tea Frappuccino. This recipe is vegan and Paleo-friendly. Matcha green tea powder is the star ingredient again, and this time is paired with coconut milk, pure vanilla extract, and a hint of maple syrup for sweetness. Blended together with ice and water, you will have a cool and creamy beverage that will boost your metabolism and help you burn fat without the big price tag of a coffee shop drink.
Green Tea for Calm, Lasting Energy
One final reason for including more green tea in your diet is the calm, lasting energy it provides. Green tea contains an amino acid known as L-theanine that has been found in studied for its calming effects on the nervous system. L-theanine offers a calm, relaxed focus. This compound may even reduce stress and promote better sleep.
The effect of green tea to provide long lasting energy without anxiety, nervousness, or “jitters” is just one more of the many health benefits of this amazing weight loss beverage.