Green tea is one of those wonder foods where the news just keeps getting better as time goes on. From fighting wrinkles to boosting immunity and metabolism and assisting with weight loss to protecting against sun damage thanks to loads of antioxidants and catechins green tea really does do it all. Teas’ Tea has a line of bottled iced green tea that not only brings you all the benefits in a convenient package but does so in a healthy and environmentally-friendly way. A bunch of the flavors are completely unsweetened and others are “lightly” sweetened with cane juice (no corn syrup) and have only 40 calories per serving. In addition green initiatives include recycling used tea leaves into things like cardboard, plastic for packaging, staff uniforms, and even vending machines (who knew?), then of course they recycle, use low-emission delivery vehicles, and the products are all-natural and BPA free.

I tried the unsweetened Pure Green Tea, unsweetened Mint Green Tea, and the low calorie/lightly sweetened Blueberry Green Tea. They all taste light and refreshing and very clean, with none of that metallic or strange aftertaste found in many bottled teas, although of course they do have the telltale “green tea” flavor so be ready for that. My favorite was the Blueberry. I usually drink my iced tea unsweetened but sometimes the flavor of green tea is a challenge and the little bit of sweetness really helped without hurting the healthiness too much — although the Mint was surprisingly good and comes in a close second.

All in all I love them! Highly recommended, and they have many other delicious flavors as well as recipes for cool summer drinks — see below for one that I haven’t tried but will before the summer is over!


GREEN TEA SUMMER PUNCH

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Makes: 3 quarts / 12 servings

Ingredients:

* 2 quarts TEAS’ TEA Pure Green
* 4 cinnamon sticks
* 8 whole cloves, plus more for garnish
* 4 peeled slices fresh ginger (about 1 inch by 2 inches each)
* 1 apple
* 1 orange
* 1 quart apple juice

Preparation:

1. Combine the tea, cloves, two pieces of ginger and two cinnamon sticks in a large pitcher.
2. Let steep at room temperature for about two hours. Refrigerate for up to an hour.
3. Wash the orange and slice it into thin pieces.
4. Wash, core and slice the apple. Stud the slices with cloves.
5. Remove the cloves, cinnamon and ginger from the tea.
6. Mix the tea, juice and remaining cinnamon sticks and ginger in the pitcher.
7. Serve chilled and enjoy!

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