… by the way, a little extra note on green tea. In my previous post I cautioned against drinking green tea if you are struggling with your sleep as it contains caffeine. If you are very sensitive to caffeine, it is a good idea to avoid it, especially after early afternoon.
However, not only is green tea packed with antioxidants, it also contains an amino acid called Theanine which is very calming, stimulating ‘feel-good’ brain chemicals and inducing a deep sense of calm and relaxation. So, I am all for you having a morning cuppa of green tea, but it is not caffeine free as many people believe. In fact, it is the same tea as your ordinary ‘builders tea’ it’s just processed differently, retaining more of the beneficial properties and reducing caffeine levels.
Another bonus for those trying to shift some weight – green tea is thermogenic meaning it revvs up the metabolic rate – so another thumbs up for green tea. Many people find it bitter though. Try out various brands as they vary a lot but also never pour boiling water on green tea as it will bring out the bitterness. Use water that is off the boil, ideally around 80 degrees rather than 100.