Summer's Coolest Brew

Most of you already know how I just love Oprah and her O Magazine. In June's issue Jessica Girdwain wrote an article on the different benefits of drinking tea... with a twist. For the longest time, drinking tea was considered 'boring' (not that I cared) or, shall we say, far too 'traditional'.
Things are changing as people are realizing tea is one of the best things you can drink. Its antioxidants compounds have been shown to reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, specially green tea. It may also help with weight management, if only for the fact that it will keep you away from the fridge!

When you mix it with other beneficial ingredients, Girdwain explains, you can enhance its power to tackle health problems ranging from high blood pressure to an upset stomach.

Even though the article suggests using tea bags, I never do. Once you have tried 'real leaves', believe you me, tea from bags will taste like dirty water and you will never will want to go back to that.

I tried all of O Magazine's tea upgrades and this one is, by far, the best.

Boost your Immunity
Green tea + cranberry juice

Catachins are antioxidants with antiviral properties and are plentiful in green tea, far more than in black. According to a Purdue University study, adding vitamin C -very much abundant in cranberry juice- can increase absorption of the tea's catechins.

Todd Rubin of tea manufacturer The Republic of Tea suggests to steep 2 tea bags (3 grams) of green tea in 250 ml of very hot water (do not let it come to a full boil) for 2 minutes. Once cool, stir 50 ml of unsweetened, organic cranberry juice. Pour over a glass filled with ice.
If you need to sweeten it, stir in a tsp of agave nectar.

Wondering what the other 4 healthy ice tea combinations, published by O Magazine, are like? Check them out!