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3 Delicious Green Tea Recipes That Will Help You Sip the Stress Away

While some start their days of with coffee, others reach for a revitalizing cup of green tea. A favorite of those looking for an energy boost without the jitters commonly associated with coffee, green tea is good for much more than just putting a pep in your step. That’s why we rounded up three green tea recipes you’re sure to love. These revitalizing teas brim with powerful compounds that sharpen memory, lift mood, and help keep stress away, and more — keep reading and start brewing today!

Reverses brain aging

One cup of green tea daily (along with a few carrots) appears to clear the brain of damaging plaques, according to University of Southern California research. When mice with Alzheimer’s-like symptoms were fed green tea’s active compound (EGCG) and ferulic acid (from carrots), their brain disease symptoms were reversed by 43% and their working memory was restored.

Fosters sunny moods

Green tea contains a unique amino acid (L-theanine) that speeds the brain’s production of mood-boosting alpha waves. Researchers say drinking three to four mugs of this brew a day helps women feel 55% happier and more content—often within 30 minutes of the first sip.

Kick-starts fat burning

Sipping three mugs of green tea daily can double weight loss on any diet plan and chase away fatigue in just five days, report researchers in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition. That’s because polyphenols in the brew fire up fat-burning enzymes in cells. Hint: A squeeze of lemon boosts absorption by 80%.

Keep reading for three green tea recipes that’ll have you feeling like your best self in no time. 

Fennel-Mint Refresher

  • 2 green tea bags
  • 1 Tbs. honey
  • 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds
  • 2 sprigs fresh mint

In pot, bring 2 cups water to a boil; add all ingredients. Steep 5 min. Strain into teacups. 

Orange-Ginger Energizer

  • 2 green tea bags
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1⁄2 tsp. chopped,
  • peeled fresh ginger
  • 1/2 cup orange juice

In pot, bring 2 cups water to a boil; add first 3 ingredients. Steep 5 min. Stir in orange juice. Strain into mugs. If desired, garnish with fruit slices and fresh cranberries.

Apple-Cinnamon Spiced Delight

  • 2 green tea bags
  • 2 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise pod
  • 2 orange slices
  • 1/2 cup apple juice

In pot, bring 2 cups water to a boil; add tea, cloves, cinnamon, star anise and orange slices. Steep about 5 min. Stir in juice. Dividing evenly, pour into mugs or teacups.

For more on delicious ways that green tea can help you stay healthy:

Study Author: Green Tea Helps End Bloat and Prevent Weight Gain

This Sweet Tea Recipe Is Helping Women Over 50 Lose Weight Effortlessly

Green Tea Gives Your Vegetables a Flavor and Health Boost — Here’s Why

This Green Tea Supplement Is the Secret to Losing Weight and Keeping It Off

This story originally appeared in our print magazine. 

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