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Love and Tea and Lemonade

Posted by: Garden of Life on Monday, July 23, 2012

A quintessential green tea, Sencha is one of the most popular teas in Japan. Sencha accounts for about 80 % of the tea consumed in Japan. It is usually served hot in the winter and chilled in warmer weather.

Sencha literally means "steamed tea", which differs from Chinese green teas, which are typically pan-fired. After the steaming process, Japanese Sencha green tea leaves are hand rolled, shaped, and dried. The steaming process creates a distinctive difference in the flavor between Chinese and Japanese green tea, with Japanese green tea having a more full-bodied, wholesome flavor. This process of steaming produces a tea more that is vibrant green in color and tealeaves that have higher content of minerals and vitamins.


Health benefits of drinking Sencha:

Sencha green tea is rich in antioxidants, known as polyphenols. These antioxidants are said to have many health related benefits from strengthening the immune system, increasing heart health, skin care and anti-aging benefits along with potential cancer prevention. Sencha tea is also said to help regulate blood sugar levels. Sencha leaves contain fluoride which is used to help maintain oral health and adding to tooth enamel strength.

Please keep in mind, water quality and temperature will greatly affect the flavor of sencha in your cup!

Flavor characteristics: Sencha green tea has a refreshing mildly sweet, vegetal flavor with subtle herbal notes.

Health benefits of cherries;

Cherries are one of the few food sources that contain melatonin, an antioxidant that helps regulate heart rhythms and the body’s sleep cycles. Cherries are rich key vitamins and minerals; high in beta carotene (vitamin A) , vitamins C, E, potassium, magnesium, iron, folate and fiber.

Cherries contain anthocyanins, which are said to be powerful anti-inflammatory’s, which can reduce inflammation and symptoms of arthritis and gout. These anti-inflammatory properties in cherries are said to reduce pain and joint soreness perfect for runners and athletes before and after workouts.

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Sencha Cherry Lemonade :

Cool down and sip this flavorful tea inspired drink!

Sencha Cherry Lemonade:

* 2 lb fresh or thawed frozen cherries (1qt) or you can use 1 Cup Organic Cherry Juice
* 1 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
* 2-3 Tablespoons of your choice of Sweetener: I used organic raw honey.
* 1-2 Cup of Love & Tea's Brewed Sencha Tea
* 1-2 Cup Chilled Sparkling Water
* Garnish: Fresh cherries, Lemon and ice
* 1 Cup Fresh Lemon Juice
* 2-3 Tablespoons of your choice of Sweetener: I used organic raw honey.
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Step 1: Brew your Love & Tea's Sencha tea (enough to make 1-2 Cups) Strain and let cool.

Step 2: If you use fresh or thawed frozen cherries; Blend cherries in a blender at low speed until you reach a brightly colored juice. Pour through a strainer, pressing & discarding the solids.

Step 3: Add Brewed Love & Tea's Sencha tea, lemon juice, desired sweeter to your cherry juice. Mix well.

Step 4: Add your Sencha Cherry Fizzy drink to a tall glass , fill with ice and garnish as desired.

Cheers!

For more on Love and Tea go to www.loveandtea.com
Direct link for the Sencha; http://loveandtea.com/products/sencha-green-tea

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Comments

Melanie Finch commented on Monday, July 23, 2012
The cherry lemonade looks delicious. Have always heard cherries are good for gout and inflammation, but did not know they could help with sleep cycles. Very interesting and I plan to give this a try!

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