Green Tea Infused Watermelon Orange Cooler
Teas such as green tea, black tea have what are called polyphenols which researchers believe have a role in increasing insulin activity and also in preventing cancers.
Green tea in particular helps sensitize cells to metabolise sugars better.
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If considering fruit juices for a drink you will need to bear in mind the calories it comes with. Bearing that in mind, I have added green tea here which has just 1 calorie per cup, adds some flavor, dilutes the calories from the fruit juices and also is said to have benefits in diabetes.
If you are a fan of green tea you will like this drink which has no added sugar or sweeteners. The green tea I have used here is the mango passion fruit green tea. With every sip of this drink, you will be able to taste the different flavors such as from the green tea, the watermelon and orange as also lemon from the slices. At the end, a piece of juicy blueberry will leave you feeling happy.
I checked out recipes of watermelon sweetened green tea here which was the starting point for my drink recipe.
Teas such as green tea, black tea have what are called polyphenols which researchers believe have a role in increasing insulin activity and also in preventing cancers. Green tea in particular helps sensitize cells to metabolise sugars better.
Fruits have anti-oxidants in a plenty which help destroy the free radicals which damage our cells. The vitamins, minerals they offer are also of value. Fruits (a far better an option as compared to any other desserts/sugary drinks) are advised in a diabetic diet. But you simply need to count the carbohydrates they contain as explained here. Oranges are an excellent source of nutrients such as Vitamin C, folate and potassium. Berries are diabetes super foods as per American Diabetes Association since they are packed with anti-oxidants, vitamins and fiber and are low-carb.
tip w.r.t drinks in general in diabetes: if you feel fed up of having water at all times, try flavored low calorie teas as suggested or just pop in some cucumber or strawberry or mint added to a jug of water, chilled in the fridge for a refreshing low-calorie drink. (as said by ADA)
- 3 green tea bags (I used natural mango and passion fruit flavored green tea bags)
- 3 cups of water to boil the tea bags
- 1 cup of freshly made watermelon juice (passed through a sieve to remove the seeds)
- 1 to 1&1/2 cups of freshly squeezed orange juice
- 4 slices of fresh lemon
- 4 slices of fresh orange
- 12 blueberries
- ice cubes as needed
- sprigs of fresh mint for garnish - optional
- Boil 3 cups of water.
- Add the tea bags and boil for 2 minutes. Turn off the heat.
- Allow it to sit for another 5 minutes. Then, squeeze out the bags and discard.
- In a blender, juice the roughly chopped watermelon. Pass it through a fine sieve to remove the seeds.
- In a jug, mix the tea, watermelon juice.
- Add freshly squeezed orange juice, combine well.
- Then add the lemon and orange slices along with blueberries. Again stir.
- Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two and serve with added ice cubes, garnished with mint sprigs if so preferred.
- Add 1-2 blueberries to each serving. This adds a refreshing bite at the end.
3/4 cup of blueberries have 16g of carbohydrates and 62 calories. however just 1 or 2 pieces are being used here per serving.
1 orange has just 15g of carbohydrates and 62 calories. The juice of which is diluted by the green tea in the recipe and also divided between the servings.
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I am not a nutritionist or dietitian. My knowledge and information is based on my research and reading from different resources. Please consult your doctor or dietitian before making any changes to your diet.