I think I may have stumbled onto a great discovery in healthy beverages, my friends. After a little treadmill walk at work, I was thirsty as all get-out for something invigorating. I was really jonesing for one of the Harvest Bay coconut waters I keep in the fridge, but I also wanted another cup of hot green tea to top off the afternoon. So as I held the Harvest Bay in one hand and the Rishi Emerald Lily in the other, I thought: why not do both at once?
So, that’s just what I did. The result: a caffeinated, mega anti-oxidant, electrolyte-replenishing super cocktail. And it tastes good!
The recipe, if you can call it that, is really simple:
Coconut water green tea
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Heat coconut water to 180°F (microwave high approx. 2.5 minutes). Fill tea mug with heated water (or simply heat the water in the mug in the microwave). Diffuse green tea in mug for approximately six minutes.
Coconut water isn’t for everyone, so give it a try before you commit. It’s not as coconuty as you might think and it’s an alternative to adding sweetener to your tea, if you like sweetened tea (but definitely not too sweet). Not only will this give your mind and body a pep, both ingredients are full of well-documented health benefits; coconut water helps with hydration and urinary function, and green tea is full of anti-oxidants and helps fight cancer. Coconut water doesn’t have many calories, either: about 65 calories in 11 oz. I’ve also found that you get a different sort of caffeine “buzz” from tea that you don’t get with coffee: gives you a nice pick-me-up without the jitters of headache crash.
Give it a try and let me know what you think!