Article by Michelle Schoffro Cook - May 3, 2012
Forget Red Bull, Monster, Rock Star, and the other so-called “Energy Drinks” that line the refrigerators at every convenience store these days. Not only are they loaded with stimulants, most are usually packed with artificial ingredients and sweeteners. If you’re looking to be the rock star with the enormous gut and bad teeth, the high fructose corn syrup found in many energy drinks, is sure to help.
One of my Facebook fans, Kate Morgan, asked me to provide a healthier energy drink option. (Connect with me on Facebook at www.facebook.com/drmichellecook). So here’s my solution: Super Fat-Busting Green Tea Lemonade. Not just any green tea lemonade will do though. I’ve included my recipe at the end of this blog for my—a sneak preview from my upcoming weight loss book. I created this recipe because I couldn’t stand the taste of green tea but wanted to reap the health benefits of drinking it. My Super Fat-Busting Green Tea Lemonade takes minutes to prepare, is all-natural, super healing, and delicious!
Keep reading to learn how green tea slashes belly fat by 77%...
Not only does green tea give you an energy boost, research shows that it protects your body against colorectal, lung, and prostate cancers, slows wrinkling and skin damage linked to aging. But, there’s another great reason to drink green tea. Green tea contains a potent plant nutrient known as epigallocatechin gallate, or EGCG, for short. Multiple studies that EGCG seriously targets belly fat.
Research at Tufts University indicates that EGCG in green tea, like other catechins, activate fat-burning genes in the abdomen to speed weight loss by 77 percent. New research published in the Journal of Nutrition found that overweight adults who drank four to six cups of green tea daily lost at least seven percent more abdominal fat than those who didn’t drink green tea.
Dr. Michelle’s Super Fat-Busting Green Tea Lemonade
Now you can reap all the fat-busting benefits of green tea lemonade without the excessive amounts of calories. This tea is sweetened with stevia—an herb that is naturally sweet.
6 green tea bags
1quart or litre of pure alkaline water
4 lemons, juiced
10-20 drops of liquid stevia (or to taste)
Fresh mint (optional)
Bring the water to boil. Add the 6 green tea bags and let steep for about 5-10 minutes. In the meantime, juice the lemons and add the stevia. Add ice to the green tea and allow to cool before adding the lemon juice-stevia mixture. Stir until mixed and enjoy served over ice. Garnish with a sprig of mint if desired.