No not leprechauns and shamrocks. Tea! Green tea to be exact. Green tea has some truly remarkable properties. It offers us lots of antioxidants, it helps improve blood flow and lower cholesterol levels. It helps balance sugar in those with diabetes and it also improves wrinkly and aging skin. All of that sounds pretty good to me. But did you know that green tea also helps with depression? Studies show that green tea has an active ingredient called L-theanine which is an amino acid that could potentially help produce more serotonin (our body’s feel good chemical). A study from the University of San Francisco also found that the “polyphenols in green tea can boost availability of the important brain substance dopamine in the areas where it's needed. Dopamine is a signaling substance in brain circuits that are crucial to creating positive mood states.” (Anne Becker, Psychology Today)
After all of this cold snowy weather perhaps we could each use a little green tea pick me up just in time for St. Patricks Day. Check out this wonderfully delicious Green Tea Kiwi-Berry Smoothie courtesy of Skinny Ms.
Green Tea Kiwi-Berry Smoothie
(serves 1 maybe 2)
• 1 frozen banana
• 4 frozen strawberries
• 1 kiwi
• 2 cups kale (organic)
• 1-1/2 cups green tea (home brewed...no sweeteners added)
• 6 ice cubes
Blend ingredients and enjoy!
*instead of adding ice cubes I added a few extra frozen strawberries