Improve digestion, regulate the elimination of liquids or lower cholesterol levels. Plants and fruits are ideal when it comes to taking care of the body.
Camilo Roa, nutritionist and dietician
During the pandemic, preparing a complete grocery list and making every meal became a ritual for those who see eating as a lifestyle and the main tool for taking care of their health. In addition, by spending more time in the kitchen, some people took the opportunity to transform their habits and be more aware of the ingredients in their meals, and even the drinks that accompany them. Different types of tea, plants, and fruits are the best choices for refreshing or pampering the body.
In the case of tea, there are people who cannot drink coffee for medical reasons and resort to infusions for something similar. Nutritionist and dietician Camilo Roa explains that “tea resembles caffeine because of xanthine, which causes similar activity. These substances, which include theophylline and theobromine, are in different varieties of tea and give the body energy without causing the side effects of caffeine, such as insomnia or tachycardia, because tea has a smaller quantity of these substances.”
For energy, Camilo Roa also recommends other beverages, such as beet-based preparations. It is a precursor of nitric oxide that leads to more concentration of that compound in the blood and allows for more energy when doing physical activity.”
With fruit, it is necessary to take advantage of their nutrients and benefits, which vary according to the way they are consumed (whole, in juice, or infusions). For example, if the goal is to awaken the body, they will not be as beneficial. “They are going to cause a sugar high that initially gives you energy, however, this forces the activation of insulin (the hormone that controls sugar) to impulse the descent of that high, which produces the opposite effect and causes you to feel tired.”
The key is to be increasingly creative in preparing infusions, juices, salads, and soups. Here are some ideas for drinks that nourish the body and give it a break from the day.•
Estefanía Isaza, food engineer for the La Teresita infusion team
Fruit infusion with lemon verbena
- 4 tea bags Lemon verbena infusion
- 1/4 cup Pineapple slices in chunks
- 1/4 cup Mango slices in chunks
- Honey or sugar to taste
– Heat the water until boiling
– Add the 4 tea bags of lemon verbena and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove the tea bags.
– Add the fruit and sweetener (to taste)
Let sit and add ice.
Mango contains zeaxanthin, a pigment involved in the protection of eye health.
Pineapple is a natural diuretic; it also has anti-inflammatory properties. Diuretic properties
Cold green tea
- 1 l water
- 2 tea bags green tea
- 1 bag cinnamon infusion or a cinnamon stick
- Zest of 1/2 a lime
- 1 tea bag ginger and honey infusion
- 1 tbsp honey
– Boil one cup of water and pour it over the green tea bags.
– Add the lemon zest and cinnamon. Let steep for 3-5 minutes. The more time it steeps, the more concentrated the drink will be.
– Add a tablespoon of honey (optional) and put in the fridge for one hour.
In addition to being a source of vitamin C, limes provide minerals such as potassium and selenium.
Cinnamon is mainly characterized for its contribution to digestive functions.
Hibiscus and mint infusion
- 1 cup water
- 1 tea bag mint
- 1 tea bag hibiscus infusion or 5 dried hibiscus flowers
- 1 tsp sugar or sweetener
- 1 tsp honey
- Fruit to taste
– Heat the water until boiling, and remove from heat.
– Pour the water over the two tea bags (mint and hibiscus or hibiscus flowers).
– Add sugar, sweetener, or honey (optional) to taste and stir until dissolved.
– Let sit between 3 and 5 minutes (according to the level of flavor desired) and serve hot.
Hibiscus contains vitamin A, B1, C, and E, as well as iron and phosphorous.
With its aroma and freshness, mint is also known for its relaxing properties.