Just finished a lengthy and thought-out blog post on my love of green tea and its calming effects, which is ironic because I’m not feeling all that calm now that I lost the whole thing. Technology man. Unfortunately, it is way past my bed time, so this draft may not be as thought out, but hey it’s more about the recipe anyways, right?
I have always been a tea drinker, I got it from my momma…literally. Growing up, I used to join my mom in her bed every night to watch some of our favorite cooking shows and of course some House Hunters. We would sit in bed together, unwinding after our days, both with piping hot mugs of tea in hand. This tradition carried on through high school, where we would enjoy Top Chef and Project Runway, and even nowadays when I visit home (although our more recent entertainment has been Parks and Rec.) Although simple, these special nights spent with my mom, sipping on my favorite drink, are ones that I cherish most.
Our society puts a big emphasis on doing it all, doing it well, and doing it fast. Rarely do we take the time to focus on what is most important; our friends, our family, and ourselves. I am busy everyday between class, work, cooking, blogging, exercising, and (hopefully) sleeping. I often find myself burnt-out and utterly exhausted by the end of each week. I have found though, that it is in the simple and most precious moments, that we so often ignore, where we are able to find the greatest joy, as well as the greatest growth.
My tea of choice shifted to green in college when I started focusing on all of its heath benefits. Green tea is loaded with antioxidants and minerals, it improves brain function, it decreases risk of cancer and cardiovascular disease, kills harmful bacteria, and HELLO its revs metabolism. There is literally nowhere to go wrong with this superdrink. To me though, the de-stressing properties of green tea are just as valuable…in the fast paces society we live in I need all the help I can get.
A couple of mornings ago I decided to incorporate my beloved green tea into more than just a mug, hello green tea infused oats! I challenge you to not only try these out, but to try to slow down, enjoy the precious moments in life, and find your greatest joy.
Green Tea Infused Oatmeal
1 cup water
2 green tea bags
1/2 cup gluten free rolled oats
1 tbsp chia seeds
Boil the two cups of water in a saucepan, remove from heat and add the two tea bags. Steep the tea for at least 15 minutes, or more. The stronger the brew, the more green tea flavor you will get! Once the tea is brewed, add the oatmeal to the pan and return to heat. Cook until all of the water is absorbed, add the chia, and enjoy with your favorite toppings!