Thursday, June 02, 2011

Iced Tangerine Mint Green Tea

I made this great recipe after I saw a similar one on the Dr. Oz show.  He featured a recipe for Tangerine Mint Green Tea as part of a series of foods that help one lose weight.  He called it Tangerine "Weight-Orade."  I will share his recipe below. It looked so refreshing on his show, and I knew I should be drinking green tea due to my history (I LIKE saying "history" :)) with breast cancer.  Green tea is rich in catechins, which reduce growth of blood vessels needed for tumor growth. 

A study published in 1998, Japanese researchers investigated the effects of drinking green tea on the progression of breast cancer. The study involved 472 patients with stage I, II, and III breast cancer. The results showed that increased consumption of green tea was linked to a decrease in the spread of breast cancer in premenopausal women. In a follow-up study, the researchers found that increased consumption of green tea was correlated with decreased recurrence of stage I and II breast cancer.

Green tea has been cited to be beneficial when it comes to all kinds of disease, from heart disease to Alzheimer's, to many types of cancers.  Read more on the benefits of green tea, at the World's Healthiest Foods website.

Iced Tangerine Mint Green Tea
~4 organic green tea bags
~1/2 tangerine, sliced
~fresh mint leaves
~honey to taste
~water, just boiling

While water is heating, prepare the rest of the ingredients.  

Here is what I do:
~get out 2, 32 oz mason jars
~fill one with 2 cups of ice
~unwrap 4 green tea bags and put in the second jar
~slice tangerine
~rinse mint leaves

My electric kettle in the above picture is one of my most favorite and well used kitchen appliances. It heats water to a boil in minutes, and keeps the water hot for a long while.  In the winter, I will press the button throughout the day to keep hot water ready at all times for tea or hot chocolate.
Mine is the Hamilton Beach 10 Cup Kettle.  I love it!

Pour hot water over the tea bags, fill the 32 ounce jar to the top.  

Steep according to package directions, usually 3-4 minutes for green tea.

I use a slotted spoon and a regular spoon to squeeze every bit of goodness out of those green tea bags.


Add honey to taste while tea is still hot, honey will dissolve much better in hot tea.
Add mint and tangerine slices to jar of ice.
The mint is very subtle in this, but if you are not a mint lover, you can skip it.

Let the tea cool a few minutes, then pour over the ice in the prepared mason jar.
Store the remaining tea in the refrigerator to
refill and drink over ice throughout the day.

So refreshing! Enjoy!

**Tea lovers, check out this recipe for Easy Iced Tea Concentrate In A Mason Jar

  • Dr. Oz's Tangerine Weight-Orade Recipe
  • For a powerful metabolism-boosting drink, try Dr. Oz’s Tangerine Weight-Orade. It contains: green tea, shown to boost metabolism 12% by drinking just one cup; tangerine, with a chemical composition that increases sensitivity to insulin and stimulates genes that help to burn fat; and mint, a calorie-free flavor enhancer.
  • In a large pitcher, combine:
  • 8 cups of brewed green tea
  • 1 tangerine, sliced
  • A handful of mint leaves
  • Stir this delicious concoction up at night so all the flavors fuse together. Drink 1 pitcher daily for maximum metabolism-boosting results.


    1. The tea looks GREAT!!! I am always paranoid to drink green tea because my husband and I are in the baby stage of our life... so.. at any time there "could" be a baby :) and you are not supposed to drink green tea while pregnant...
      PRAISE GOD that your biopsy result was benign... that totally made my night ... probably week....to read that!! I have been praying for you!!

    2. Thanks for the recipe...this drink looks delicious and refreshing! I'm letting my Mom know what I would like for my upcoming birthday - an electric kettle, I have always wanted one!

    3. Now I'm saving up my swagbucks for not only the coconut oil, but an electric kettle. This looks so yummy! Thanks.

    4. Thanking God for your good report! Have a great weekend.

    5. This sounds WONDERFFUL!!

    6. made it. loved it! gave you a shout out! :)


      Thanks Amy! You have the best stuff! :) Love, Erin

    7. This is great I infuse all kind of teas. You can also place tea bags and ingredients in a glass jar and place it in the refridgerator over night. You have perfect tea everytime! No hot water needed. But I love having hot
      water on demand it's such a time saver.

    8. Felicia Jones12/3/11, 9:53 PM

      I just discovered Matcha Green Tea, it has 137% of the EGCGs than other green teas you steep. When citrus is added they are four times as powerful. I buy mine at nutsonline.com. Very reasonably priced. Also, suggest you check out the benefits of Maca Powder, which I think you might find interesting. It can also be purchased on the same site at a very reasonable price compared to health food stores. Instead of honey I use stevia, which when purchase without maltodexitrin in it is great. It to can be purchased there. I make a tea of Matcha, quarter tsp, Maca, half a tsp., lemon and stevia, quarter tsp., two times a day. I have mold in my house and have suffered horribly from it. This is the first time in over two years I feel something akin to normal. Best wishes and happy thoughts to you Amy. Love your site.

    9. Love it! I have a grapefruit my dad dropped off on me, I wanna try it with that!

    10. Oh my goodness, this looks so refreshing. That it's a healthy beverage is a bonus, for sure.

    11. Can't wait to try this! One word of caution regarding tea - squeezing the bag actually lets more of the bitter notes of the tea into your drink. If you've steeped it the right length of time, you have gotten all the good stuff out, and none of the bad stuff. :) So save the squeezing for your sweetie. ;)

    12. This is the Best Green Tea recipe in my book..I make it up every night so the favors blend and it's Great!!!

    13. Has anyone seen any positive results from drinking the tea? I am wondering how quickly the pounds come off.

    14. That sounds so wonderful, I'll going to try it tommorow!

    15. Amy, Thanks so much for the great recipe. I have been making this tea for month now and still love it. I auto-order the Good Earth Green Tea w/ Lemon Verbena from Amazon, add raw honey from the farmer's market, and a tangerine. I go through at least three pitchers a week. Thanks so much for the great posts! Love your site! And your pins :)

    16. What a great idea -especially as we head into summer.

    17. He formulated the Super Greens because he truly believes we need more greens in our diet.
      green drink

    18. Oh, I see that's easy recipe. I'll taste them tomorrow :)

    19. This recipe looks so refreshing and healthy. I have been trying to eat healthier and workout so I will add this to my menu.

    20. I have a Panasonic thermo pot. I love having 4L / 1 gallon of water hot at all the time. I'd share the link but for some reason my phone will not share.

    21. Hello, I was wondering if I can use mint tea bags :)

    22. Hello, I was wondering if I can use mint tea bags

    23. Hello, I was wondering if I can use mint tea bags :)

    24. Very nice for health, just try it one time..

    25. I loved it

    26. Wow awesome


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