Friday Favourites: Numi Maté Lemon Green Tea

If you’d enjoy an organic, healthy, flavourful green tea with a hint of lemon, Numi Maté Lemon is perfect for you. An infusion of South American Yerba Maté, Chinese green tea, and Lemon Myrtle from Australia’s rainforests, this earthy blend is something I crave every day. 

We all know the benefits of drinking green tea (it lowers cholesterol and blood sugar, promotes better skin, and has antioxidants that prevent cell damage, to name a few), but add lemon into the mix and you’ve got yourself one hell of a healthy cup! Not only does lemon help remove toxins from our systems, it has tons of vitamin c and aids the body in absorbing catechins, the healthy chemicals that green tea is chock-full of. In fact, it’s been proven that the addition of lemon to green tea will result in more catechins in your cup! 

My Numi stash comes from amazon.ca (about $10 for 18 tea bags), but I’m sure you can find it at most health-food stores. $10 may seem steep (pun intended) for a package of tea bags, but when it comes to Numi, you get what you pay for. They seem to use fairly high-grade tea, packaging that is mostly biodegradable or recyclable, and Fair Trade Certified ingredients (find out more at numitea.com). Additionally, reports have shown that pricier tea brands tend to use more efficient practices, leading to more nutrients and catechins in their green tea. In other words, you’re likely not getting as many good things out of that lower-grade tea you paid a couple bucks for. So there! 😉

I’ve experimented with different ways of steeping this tea, and the following steps have produced the best cup so far: first, let the water settle for at least one minute after boiling (I’ve found that pouring scalding hot water onto the tea bag results in a strong, burnt flavour). After pouring, gently use a spoon to press against the tea bag and watch the colour deepen as the water absorbs all the good stuff from the leaves. Finally – and this is important – instead of leaving the bag in for 3-4 minutes like the label suggests, leave it in for only 1-2 minutes. Any longer and it may develop that unpleasant burnt taste I mentioned earlier. (Of course, this depends on your preferences; you might enjoy a stronger taste.) 

The scent is warm, woody and lightly medicinal. I immediately feel more relaxed after a few sips and usually sleep better after drinking it. (Note that the caffeine content of green tea is fairly high and as a result many people can only drink it during the day.) On the other hand, if you’re like me and caffeine does nothing to wake you up, feel free to drink it morning, day and night! Green tea is excellent for your health, easy to prepare and tastes great. Try it – you won’t regret it. 🙂

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