you read all about the health benefits of tea, so you added green tea to your daily routine. And it’s been working well for you–energy, mental clarity, less stress, improved weight control. But you’re starting to get a little bored of drinking the same green tea everyday.
Here are three other teas to spice up your tea drinking.
Check out white tea–one of the least processed teas–its flavor profile ranges from lightly floral to bold and woodsy, with far fewer grassy notes than green tea. White tea goes from tea bush to dried tea the fastest of any tea–usually in just a couple of hours–helping to preserve it’s density of beneficial plant compounds, including polyphenols, catechins, and antioxidants. Research suggests that the free radical scavenging activity of white tea is similar to that of green tea. That means with white tea you’ll be getting many of the same benefits as green tea, but with a new flavor profile.
If you were drawn to the weight control properties of tea, consider switching it up with pu-erh tea. Pu-erh comes from the same plant as both green and white tea, but the unique processing it undergoes converts some of the standard tea catechins (EGCG, etc) into gallic acid. Studies suggest gallic acid may prevent weight gain and help manage belly fat. Pu-erh tea is fermented before the final drying, creating properties similar to sauerkraut or kimchee. This results in a tea that is particularly effective at aiding digestion. The unique treatment of pu-erh tea lends it a very earthy flavor and makes drinking it feel more grounding.
This last tea has gotten a lot of buzz lately, and true, it’s technically still a green tea, but it can used a multitude of ways so you won’t get bored with it: matcha. Made from powdered Japanese green tea, matcha has all the benefits of green tea, but enhanced, since the whole leaf is consumed. Among the teas, matcha generally has the most caffeine and most catechins. But what makes it a nice change up from standard green tea, is it’s ability to be added to anything. Since it’s a powder, you can add it to superfood smoothies, use it in baking, make it into a latte, mix it into salad dressing, sprinkle it on yogurt, oatmeal, or chia seed pudding, and more. Depending on how you use it and how much you use, you may not even notice it in there.
Any of these is a welcome alternative to another cup of standard green tea, and yet still packed with the myriad of health-boosting compounds associated with tea.