Using Tea in Your Food

Using Tea in Your Food

Tea is the world’s second most consumed beverage after water.

It has been used in Asian cooking for hundreds of years. This secret ingredient has recently been discovered by North Americans. Adding tea to our dishes imparts wonderful flavour and it also maximizes and enhances our exposure to tea’s many health-promoting compounds.

You may ask what is the health benefits? Tea leaves are teeming with polyphenols. Studies have shown that these have beneficial compounds that may help reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and Parkinson’s disease. Tea is also great for keeping our teeth healthy. Research studies have found that tea may help increase the acid resistance in tooth enamel and reduce the risk of gum disease.

You may ask what is the health benefits? Tea leaves are teeming with polyphenols. Studies have shown that these have beneficial compounds that may help reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s, cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes, osteoporosis and Parkinson’s disease. Tea is also great for keeping our teeth healthy. Research studies have found that tea may help increase the acid resistance in tooth enamel and reduce the risk of gum disease.

How do I use tea in my food? You can use brewed tea for poaching fish or chicken. You can use them in cooking grains or in soups, stews, gravies and marinades. The tea leaves can be ground and used as a rub for poultry. Or add tea leaves to baked goods, omelettes, smoothies, spreads and dressings.

How do you use different teas in foods, here are some examples: rooibos chai tea leaves give a great spicy flavour for chicken as a rub, earl grey should not be over brewed, it is great in salads and gives them a citrusy aroma, and matcha tea gives food the sweetness that you would like to find in desserts or frozen foods such as popsicles.

Once you begin cooking with tea, you will be delighted by its ability to impart flavour and create memorable meals. The possibilities are endless.

CREAMY STRAWBERRY MATCHA POPS

1 cup vanilla yogurt                                    ¾ cup fresh/frozen strawberries

½ cup sparkling water                                 1 tbsp protein powder (or milk)

1 tsp matcha green tea powder

Blend all ingredients together on high speed in blender or food processor. Pour into ice pop moulds or 4 small paper cups. Insert stick in centre and freeze.

Gwen Cottingham, Registered Nutritionist, g.cottingham@hotmail.com

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