by Melanie A. Albert, intuitive cooking expert, author, speaker, Founder & CEO Experience Nutrition Group, LLC
While I’m a huge fan of matcha green tea, today I decided to enjoy a pot of Sencha tea while getting settled back into the entrepreneurial routine. For me, preparing all kinds of tea is very mindful and meditative. From looking at the beauty of the dried leaves, to gently pouring almost boiling water over the tea, to quietly enjoying a sip of the tea are all part of the mindfulness of tea. The process is very calming and grounding, plus we get the health benefits of drinking green tea.
Today’s Sencha Tea: Simple Steps to enjoy your tea!
- Step 1: Pause and enjoy the beauty of the sencha tea leaves
- Step 2: Pour a few teaspoons of sencha tea leaves into a mesh tea pot strainer.
- Step 3: Bring water to almost a boil, and pour water over the tea leaves. Steep for a few minutes.
- Step 4: Calmly and mindfully enjoy your tea.
Your Action: I invite you to buy real tea leaves, rather than teabags and to mindfully enjoy the tea process. Come on over to our Facebook page and share photos of your tea experience with us. www.Facebook.com/NewViewHealthyEating
Excerpt from book, “A New View of Healthy Eating: Simple Intuitive Cooking with Real Whole Foods”
Start with High-quality Tea
To really enjoy tea, be prepared with high-quality tea and the right tea accessories. Purchase a few different high-quality loose green teas. Start with 1-2 ounces of green teas such as Sencha and Gyokuro.
Top 6 Reasons Why Green Tea is Good for You
- The antioxidant ECGC, in green tea, is an anti-inflammatory.
- Research has found that green tea benefits heart health and brain health, and helps prevent cancer.
- It is full of catechins and polyphenols, which help the brain relax and stimulate dopamine levels.
- Theanine in green tea helps improve mood and provides a sense of relaxation.
- Green tea has less caffeine than coffee.
- It tastes delicious, so enjoy a few cups every day.
3 Popular Green Teas
Matcha: Tea of the Japanese tea ceremony
- High quality Japanese green tea is covered before picking to ac¬centuate its vibrant green color and to increase amino acids, as well as vitamins A and C.
- The tea leaves are stone-ground, so we actually eat tea leaves when we drink matcha tea and receive the full benefits of green tea.
- Intense grassy, green taste.
Gyokuro: High-quality Japanese tea
- The tea bushes are covered for two weeks prior to harvesting with nets or trellises to reduce the amount of sunlight the plants receive.
- The emerald leaf takes on a lustrous, splinter-like appearance.
- Deep, intense, rich green color and grassy, fresh taste.
Sencha: Most popular Japanese tea
- An excellent starting point for those just beginning to explore green tea.
- The splintered green leaf delivers a vegetal, yellow-green cup.
- In Japan, Sencha is served hot in the cooler months and usually chilled in the summer months.
My book, “A New View of Healthy Eating: Simple Intuitive Cooking with Real Whole Foods” is available. I’m happy to mail a copy to you, and hope you enjoy learning some simple culinary skills, intuitive cooking, and of course enjoying green tea.