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Green Tea & Weight Loss

For the last several years, the buzz on the weight loss scene has been that drinking Green Tea can help you lose weight.  Is there any truth to this or is it just another hyped up weight loss claim?  I decided to do some investigating and share what I found.

The component in green tea that is believed to help with fat loss is called a catechin.  A study that was published in the Journal of Nutrition compared two groups of people.  One was given a daily beverage containing catechins and the other group got one without.  Both drinks had the same amount of caffeine.  They were also given an exercise regimen to follow.  They were studied for 12 weeks and at the end of the study it was found that the group that consumed the green tea catechins lost more abdominal fat than the other group.

While there are a large number of supplements that claim to contain green tea extracts, I am much more interested in drinking green tea itself.  There are so many good options out there from American Tea Room's Immortal Green to Teavana's Dragonwell.  Please let me know if you need any recommendations or help finding something specific.  Order some Green Tea today, your body will thank you.

Brewing Loose Tea to Go

Monday through Friday I have to drive my daughter to school, so morning is a rush.  I seldom like leaving without a travel mug full of fresh brewed tea in hand though.  The mornings are pretty cold right now and it is nice to have something warm to drink for the drive. I typically brew my tea inside of a teapot, but in the morning I am in a hurry and don't want lots to clean later.

My solution for brewing loose tea to go is an infuser basket and a stainless steel travel mug. Why stainless steel?  We tend to avoid plastic in our house for a variety of reasons.  They do make some lovely glass travel tea mugs, but I'm a huge klutz so I'm guessing it wouldn't travel for long (for me anyway).  Stainless steel is a great choice because it is resilent (within reason of course), cleans up easily and retains heat for a long time.


I use this one and really like it.  It has a 20 oz capacity so I can make a really big cup of tea to get me through the morning.  Plus it can also be used at my local coffee shop for their venti size drinks.  I like to go green whenever I can. I then start my kettle, set the infuser basket to rests on the rim, fill with some loose tea, and steep for a few minutes. When it is done I just remove the infuser basket, put the lid on and go. Very easy and minimal cleanup.

That is how I enjoy a nice cup of loose tea to go. You can save even more time by setting up everything the night before, including putting the tea in the infuser basket.