#7DayDrinkGreen Challenge and Nanami Tea

I drink a lot.

I know. It’s Cinco De Mayo and you automatically thought I meant margaritas. Well, I like those too but….

I meant I drink lots of liquids. I love lattes, juice, smoothies, water, coconut water, kool-aid if I make it myself, protein shakes and tequila shots (it’s Cinco De Mayo). With all of the changes I’ve had in my health (and budget) lately, it’s become imperative that I make good, sound choices and consume things that are 1) tasty 2) beneficial to my health wise and 3) cost effective.

So, when I was offered the chance to review Nanami’s green teas as a part of my ambassadorship with FitFluential  and participate in their #7DayDrinkGreen challenge, I signed up immediately.

I am a tea lover in general and green tea is my favorite. Because green tea has been discussed so much for its benefits, it’s probably the one tea that is the most accessible. However, let me assure you that all tea is NOT created equal. Over the years I have become more of a fan of certain brands (how it’s packaged DEFINITELY makes a difference) and I very much favor loose leaf over anything.

Nanami sent me four types of greentea; matcha, hojicha, genmaicha and sencha, and challenged me to drink nothing but the teas and water for seven days. That was more of a mind challenge than anything. I have “habits.” I drink certain things before class, before bed, on my way to work. Focusing on drinking just the teas was going to take more than discipline, that is, until I drank the first cup…..

OMG…..

I had the genmaicha (green tea mixed with roasted rice)  on the first day. The good thing about a good quality tea is you can brew it twice (ahem…cost effective). I drank one cup before I went to work, left the leaves in my teapot and brewed it again before my evening classes.  I will have to say it turned out to be my favorite and I drank more of it than anything.

My second favorite was the matcha powder. I used it to boost up my smoothies on the days when I was rushing and didn’t have time to brew tea or just needed an extra little something during the day. Side note: I am pretty much at the point of adrenal burnout and can drink six shots of espresso and not feel an energy boost at all so I’m probably not the best person to ask about the specific amount of energy I get when drinking the teas. I did, however, feel refreshed.  I rotated the other two in the mix and because I have a fancy tea pot where I can control the water temperature I made sure I followed the brewing instructions Nanami sent me.  All teas just canNOT be brewed at the same temperature and taste right. Super hot water on my green tea will get my blood boiling.  Guess that officially makes me a tea snob. 🙂

I made it through the seven days and the challenge just reignited my love for green tea. The quality of Nanami green teas is amazing (and I’ve had quite a bit of tea in my life) and even though I was sent these in exchange for my review, if you know me, you know I don’t recommend anything if I don’t like it.

I’m actually about to go brew a cup now.  Let me know if you try it and if you want to try a #7DayDrinkGreen challenge yourself.  I’m down to go at it again!

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