You might be wondering what business tea has being paired up with juice, and more specifically what is this genmaicha tea?
Just recently, I was introduced to genmaicha tea while sampling some of the artisan teas from our latest Goodnature Marketplace vendor, Zen Tea Traders. This particular tea stood out to me because of its interesting combination of Japanese sencha green tea with toasted brown rice, lending a toasty, yet grassy, grounding flavor. Turns out, this genmaicha tea is a great tea to infuse with green juice!
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Chef Ari explains why he chose the ingredients in this green tea juice recipe:
"I love the concept of mixing teas and juices, for this one in particular I wanted to use a green tea to build upon. Genmaicha has earthy and herbal flavors so naturally, I went with a green juice for pairing. I really like mixing in green grapes for a unique sweetness, it works great with green juices and it also pairs well with the tea. I added in spinach, mostly to keep the juice vibrant and green. Next, I wanted to add an herbal element. There are many light herbs that could work well with this recipe...I initially tried basil, but ended up going with mint. Both herbs were great, but I decided to go with the more familiar flavor of mint. Cucumber tones down some of the sharpness and acidic components and balances the flavor a bit, while lemon cuts through the sweetness from the grapes, balancing everything out for a unique, bright flavor."
Now that we understand the thought behind building the amazing flavor of this juice, let's explore the other element of this green tea drink recipe, the health benefits.
Genmaicha Tea Juice Blend Health Benefits
Full of Antioxidants. Green Tea is known for its high levels of antioxidants, and genmaicha is no exception to this rule. Grapes, apples, and spinach are all foods that are high in antioxidants, making this juice-tea blend a powerful way to improve your body's defenses and reduce cellular damage.
Inflammation Fighter. Green vegetables and green tea are known for their anti-inflammatory properties, and can help you fight the inflammation that occurs in your body.
Cancer Preventative. "If you look at the typical foods that reduce cancer risk, it's pretty much all plant foods that contain phytochemicals," says Lindsey Wohlford, a wellness dietitian. Grapes are at the top of the cancer preventative list due to their rich source of the antioxidant, resveratrol, with the grape skin having the highest concentration of the compound. Studies show that resveratrol has the potential to possibly stop cancer from starting in the breast, liver, stomach and lymphatic system.