Are you a tea lover?Sweet or unsweet? Green, black or flavored? Well, join the other 158 million Americans who brew and enjoy a cup of tea every single day.It was estimated that over the past year more than 80 billion Americans enjoyed a cup of tea.
Some people may say that black tea is the best, which accounts for 84% consumed by Americans, but green tea is quickly growing because of the potential of weight loss. How does green tea help you lose weight? I’m glad you asked.The flavonoids and the caffeine in the green tea elevates your metabolism, increases fat oxidation and improves the insulin activity in your body. However, weight loss does vary from person to person.
It is noted that some green teas are better for weight loss than other such as Matcha green tea. This tea is richer because of the nutrient sources and antioxidant in the ingredients. This is because the entire leave is consumed in the tea and not strained like other green tea leaves. Green tea has many health benefits, such as antioxidants, anti-cancer and brain healthy compounds. When drinking the green tea, make sure you are not adding sugar or a lot of honey, because that will be defeating the purpose of losing the weight.
Enjoy a great cup of green tea!
Is there a connection between weight gain and estrogen?
When your estrogen is high, it causes problems that we are all too familiar with such as irregular periods, heavy bleeding, PMS, endometriosis, fibroids, fatigue, mood swings and maybe breast or ovarian cancer. On the other hand, when your estrogen is low is causes us to have missed periods or irregular periods, infertility and mood swings. And, yes, it is related to menopause, weak bones, hot flashes and increased urinary tract infections. If your estrogen is low, it does cause weight gain especially in women going through menopause. This type of estrogen is known as estradiol, which is used to regulate the metabolism in the body.Because of this, most people gain more weight in the mid-section than others, which is harder to get rid of because visceral fat, which is fat that grows and hides around your organs, causing health problems such as high blood pressure, diabetes, high cholesterol and heart disease. Visceral fat can also cause death.
This is usually caused by age and women not moving or being physically active during the day. To help prevent more weight gain and low metabolism level, an increased physical activity program, eating healthy with portion control, can help you to lose the weight and return to your beautiful pear shape body.
Okay, ladies, let’s get our bodies back into shape.Let’s become more physically active!
Banana Ice Cream
2 ripe bananas
1 tablespoon nonfat milk
1 tablespoon peanut butter, chocolate hazelnut spread, cocoa powder, chocolate chips, or finely chopped fruit
1. Thinly slice bananas, ¼ inch thick or less.
2. Place bananas in a tightly sealed container or zippered bag.
3. Freeze bananas for at least 4 hours or overnight.
4. Place frozen bananas in a blender or food processor.Add milk.Blend until thick and creamy.At first the banana will look crumbly, then sticky, then creamy. Stir in optional ingredients.
5. Serve immediately.
•For larger bananas, add up to 1 tablespoon more of milk.
•Substitute 2 tablespoons of yogurt for the milk.
• Leftovers of this ice cream can be stored in the freezer, but the texture will not be the same when thawed.
Would you like to learn more about how you and your family can Eat Smart and Move More? Smart Changes, Healthy Habits is a four-part educational series on improving your health and nutrition through classes that are coming to the Reserve Library beginning on Monday, October 21, 2019.These classes will help you to:
There is No Cost to attend this series and it is open to the public.
Please call the number below to register for the class.Hope to see you there!
Cynthia Clifton, 985-497-3261
Cynthia Clifton, Nutrition Agent at CClifton@agcenter.lsu.edu
The LSU AgCenter is a statewide campus of the LSU System and provides equal opportunities in programs and employment.