With bathing suit season approaching, a lot of us are busy cutting out sugar and looking for healthy alternatives, like a natural sweetener, to help us look and feel our best. I mean, technically we should be doing that year-round, but Thanksgiving and Christmas have a keen way of getting us off track (or maybe that’s just me?). One of my tried-and-true tricks for getting back on track is green tea. There are dozens of health benefits to drinking it, but one major one is that it increases fat burning and boosts your metabolic rate.
When it comes to green tea, you have a lot of options depending on what you’re in the mood for, and the natural sweetener you choose can adjust or enhance the flavor to your likening. Here is a list of my five favorite ways to get in my green tea, and the natural sweetener that goes best with it.
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Green Tea with Honey & Lemon – This one is pretty basic, but it’s still my favorite. The combination of honey and lemon bring out the very best flavors in green tea. Honey, of course is your natural sweetener here – but it’s also a key source of flavor. I usually go for clover honey because it’s typically what I have on hand, but orange blossom and wildflower almost taste like they were made especially for green tea (thanks bees!). Also, keep in mind that choosing local honey could potentially help you overcome seasonal allergies!
Green Tea Smoothie – This is a great one to help get you going in the morning. Green tea is packed with antioxidants and it also has caffeine to rev you up for the day ahead. Add 1 cup of cold green tea to your favorite unsweetened fruit mix (pineapple and peaches, mango and orange, strawberry and banana – honestly the combinations are endless). A natural sweetener from Stevita is a great choice for this one because a little goes a long way and it won’t change the consistency of your smoothie. Tell us what you like to put in your green tea smoothies in the comments below!
Blueberry Green Tea – If you’re really looking to give your immune system a boost, this blueberry green tea recipe is a great choice. It’s packed with antioxidants to keep your immune system on point, plus blueberries are allies in the fat-fighting mission. This recipe suggests clover honey as a natural sweetener (you can never go wrong with honey), but I also like to use it with agave.
Green Tea Latte – This frothy treat will make you feel all warm and fuzzy inside. It’s similar to a traditional latte, but uses matcha green tea instead of coffee and is usually made with almond milk (which is way more diet friendly). Spoon frothy milk on top, and use honey or agave as your natural sweetener here; you can thank me later!
Iced Green Tea – This is a great middle of the day choice, especially when you’re on the go. Find yourself a cute insulated cup and fill ‘er up! The caffeine boost will get you through the afternoon droop, but it won’t keep you up at night because there is far less caffeine in green tea than there is in coffee. It’s a pretty simple recipe that can be made beforehand and stored in your fridge. I just make a new pitcher every few days. For iced green tea, I prefer coconut sugar as my natural sweetener. Coconut sugar measures just like refined white sugar so no need to do any math! Try it yourself!
Which natural sweeteners do you use in your green tea? Tell us your routine in the comments below!
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