- Green tea powder -1 and ½ teaspoon
- Water -1 cup
- Sugar or honey - 1 teaspoon
- Heat a Cup of water. Green tea turns bitter if over heated so just keep a check on the temperature. Use a kitchen thermometer to see if it’s around 85°c.
- Turn it off once it reaches boiling point. Now let it cool for a few seconds
- Add the green tea powder to the water. The ideal time to soak is about 3 minutes but you may take a sip after 1 ½ minutes to check if the flavor is strong enough.
- After 3 minutes, the colour should have changed to brown. Strain the tea powder using a strainer.
- Add the sugar or honey to the tea and pour into the cup. You may also add a pinch of cardamom powder for an added taste.
- Helps reduce risk of osteoporosis, cancer, heart disease, and cavities.
- Green tea contains a rich concentration of flavonoids and polyphenols, natural antioxidants that may protect cells from carcinogens (cancer-causing substances) and inhibit tumor growth by helping to neutralize free radicals in the body.
- The tea's antioxidants may also guard against heart disease by relaxing blood vessels, inhibiting the formation of blood clots that trigger heart attacks and strokes.
- Green tea also contains fluoride, which strengthens teeth;
- The flavonoids may build up bones as well, reducing the risk of osteoporosis and tooth decay.
- 3-4 medium-sized oranges
- Electric or hand juicer
- Cut the oranges into half.
- Remove any seeds if possible or just leave it.
- Using a hand juicer or electric juicer, extract the juice from the orange.
- 3-4 Oranges would give you 1cup of healthy orange juice.
- May ward off cataracts, cancers, and birth defects and boost immunity.
- An excellent source of vitamin C, orange juice is also a potent antioxidant that may protect against a variety of diseases including cataracts (a clouding of the eye's lens that can lead to blindness) and lung cancer.
- Vitamin C may prevent oxidative damage that can cause cells to become cancerous, and it improves immune-cell functioning, enabling your body to fight off infections more efficiently.
- And it's a good source of folate, which protects against neural-tube defects in fetuses.
- 1 12-ounce bag of cranberries, frozen or fresh
- 4 cups purified water
- Place cranberries and water into a large saucepan.
- Boil until berries pop.
- Strain the juice and refrigerate.
- Helps prevent gum disease.
- Research suggests that the same antibacterial properties present in cranberry juice that fight off urinary tract infections may also protect against periodontal disease.
- Experts theorize that a component of the juice called nondialysable material (NDM) inhibits bacteria from sticking to the gums.
One Percent Reduced-Fat Milk
- Curbs cravings and helps protect against osteoporosis.
- It also stabilizes blood sugar, so you're less susceptible to cravings.
- Milk is the ideal source of calcium, because it contains vitamin D, which is needed for maximum calcium absorption.
- It may also help your body stop storing fat. In a recent study, women who consumed three to four servings of low-fat dairy foods (milk being one) lost nearly twice as much weight as those who took in lower amounts. "The calcium causes your body's cells to burn the fat instead of holding on to it," says Pelzer. "This makes it easier to reach and maintain your goal weight."
- A large handful of fresh mint leaves (organic) or from your garden
- A kettleful of filtered water (about 2 to 4 cups depending on how strong you want your tea)
- Honey to taste
- Roughly tear the leaves with your hands and place them in a small strainer placed over a teapot or glass bowl.
- Bring the water to a boil and pour over the leaves. (The water should cover the leaves in the strainer)
- Gently bruise the mint leaves with the back of a wooden spoon or a muddler to release the oils.
- Cover the teapot or bowl and let the leaves steep for at least 5 to 10 minutes, then remove the strainer pressing on the leaves to extract as much liquid as possible.
- Pour into tea cups or mug and sweeten with honey or sugar to taste if desired.
- Eases cramps and helps ward off indigestion.
- It also aids in digestion by promoting the movement of food through the digestive tract.