This hot beverage is another brain-healthy choice. And tea is a great source of EGCG catechins, which are among the most potent antioxidants. On top of that, cinnamon adds not only a flavor boost, but is also loaded with antioxidants. So, go ahead, sit back and sip!
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3 cups water
1 green tea bag
1/2 stalk (bottom portion) fresh lemongrass
3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
1 cinnamon stick
Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish
- Bring the water to a gentle boil in a small saucepan.
- Turn off heat and add the tea bag.
- Bruise the lemongrass with the back of the blade of a chef’s knife and add to the saucepan.
- Let steep for 30 minutes, and then pour the tea through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean saucepan.
- Add the apples and cinnamon and bring to a boil over high heat.
- Turn down the heat. Simmer until the apples are fork-tender, about 6 minutes.
- Using a slotted spoon, remove and discard the cinnamon stick and apples.
- Pour the tea into teacups or mugs, garnish with the mint. Serve immediately.
Nutritional information (per serving)
Makes 3 servings
Total fat: 0
Trans fat: 0
Total carbohydrate: 0*
*A small amount of carbohydrates and sugar will be added due to the leaching of apples into the water.
— The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Boost Brain Health (© 2012 Ten Speed Press).