This is the last part of the happy food series! If you haven’t read the other parts I suggest you do because these foods can make you a lot happier if you make them a part of your daily diet. Studies have shown that all of these happy foods can positively contribute to your well being. Today one of my favorite drinks is on our happy food menu; it’s green tea! You might also want to read ‘Happy foods – part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5‘.
As I explained in ‘Happy foods – part 1‘, I have a curious mind that craves to learn about new things. I’m kind of a nerd, so whenever I get the chance to, I love to read about science. There are always certain subjects that spike my interest a bit more than others; happiness (combined with science) is one of those for me. Anyway, back to my beloved green tea!
How couldn’t green tea make you feel happy?!
It’s awesome, and not just according to me! A Japanese study found that people who drink five or more cups of green tea on a daily basis have 20% lower stress levels compared to people who drank less than one. To get to these results, they even took age, sex, medical history, bmi, alcohol consumption, smoking and diet into account.
My favorite reason to drink green tea (beside it being tasty) is because it rehydrates better than water. So when you (like myself) workout a lot, it’s really beneficiary.
There are many great ways to consume green tea. During the summer I like to drink it cold with ice cubes and a bit of lemon juice. During the winter I like to drink it hot with a bit of honey. I always buy my green tea organic and decaf. Luckily everyone in my household loves to drink green tea. My twins (the mini Fit Girls in the header photo above) also really love green tea. Apparently there is this delicious smoothie with green tea in it. It only takes a few minutes to create. I’ll try it and I’ll post the recipe in my next article, I will also review it on tastiness, can’t wait!
Are you Fit Girls green tea fans? I know I am! Do you know any other ways to creatively fit green tea in your diet? If you do, let me know!