Shifting gears from cookies to good health…I have recently been doing a lot of research on Alzheimer’s prevention and reading the book The Alzheimer’s Answer. This illness scares the hell out of me and as much as I wanted to put that book down and not think about it, I kept reading on. I found out that there are many ways to prevent this illness:
- Keep in good cardiovascular shape
- Keep the mind working and learning
- Maintain good cholesterol, decrease the bad
- Eat a low calorie diet to avoid getting diabetes
What interested me the most is how foods can help keep the mind strong. Green tea is particularly good at this. It helps because of its powerhouse of antioxidants. As a result of reading this I brewed up my own decaf-green tea in the fridge. I know, having it be decaffeinated means that it will not be as strong as regular green tea but by brewing it up in the fridge for a long but gentle period of time it actually has more antioxidants than if you brewed it with hot water, according to Prevention.com. Even if I just get some of the antioxidants, it is better than drinking pop!
Suzie the Foodie’s Fridge-Brewed Green Iced Tea
Get a large glass or ceramic drink container and put in 6 cups of cold water and 5 green tea bags. Brew in the fridge for 24 hours:
Sweeten with simple syrup. I wanted to make a healthier version of the traditional simple syrup (1 cup of water and 1 cup of sugar boiled on the stove for 5 minutes). I warmed 1/3 cup of water, 1/3 cup of simple syrup and 1/3 cup of agave nectar on the stove and used this to sweeten my green iced tea.
I also added some sparkling water to give it some fizz and it is a lovely summer drink! Refreshing, not too sweet and super healthy for you.
If you do not have time to slow-brew the tea you could always just boil the water and let it steep for 10 minutes instead and then sweeten and wait for it to cool down. Either way, this is a shi shi drink that the stores are charging a lot of money for that cost me probably $1 for that entire jug. Save money, brew the tea yourself and keep your body strong and healthy! I love it when food and health come together like that, especially when it saves me money too.