Almond Tea

Almond tea is a health-boosting beverage prepared from powdered almonds. A traditional part of the Beijing cuisine, the herbal decoction derives its therapeutic properties from the presence of a host of vitamins and minerals in the almonds.

Almond Tea

History and origin

The natives of Beijing followed a traditional method of preparing the tea that involved soaking rice and almonds for 2 hours in cold water followed by grinding them into powder and preparing a paste for adding to water. As flavorings, cherries, honey, sesame, peanuts, and raisins were added to the herbal drink.

Almond Tea

Almond Tea

Almond tea health benefits: What is it good for

Cholesterol control

Based on some research studies, the magnesium, potassium, vitamin E, monosaturated fats, and fiber content in almonds are believed to bring down the LDL levels, thereby helping in reducing the risk of high cholesterol.

For the digestive system

A fiber-rich diet of which almonds forms an essential part works as a natural remedy for getting relief from constipation. Consumption of the tea after meals facilitates smooth passage of food and normalizes bowel movements, preventing colon cancer as well.

Effects on blood pressure

Although reducing sodium consumption help in controlling high blood pressure levels, several studies have necessitated increased dietary intake of potassium and magnesium. While being low in sodium, it contains the other minerals in plenty that aids in regulating the blood pressure levels.

Cardiac health

Akin to olive oil, almonds are rich in monosaturated fats and vitamin E that play a crucial role in maintaining the function of the heart, inhibiting the risk of potential cardiovascular disorders.

Almond Black Tea

Almond Black Tea

For diabetes

Post meals, a warm cup of almond tea is believed to stabilize the levels of glucose and insulin in the blood, lowering the possibility of developing diabetes.

Weight management

Consumption of the tea might be useful in controlling appetite as it makes you feel full reducing the necessity to binge between meals.

Good source of energy

The riboflavin, magnesium, and copper found in the tea are the key ingredients for providing energy, helping you to stay active throughout the day, and also reducing dependency on caffeinated and carbonated drinks.

Birth defects prevention

Folic acid-rich foods are recommended to pregnant women to lessen the risk of neural tube defects and other congenital abnormalities apart from preventing anemia. While a handful of almonds serve as an excellent source of folic acid, intake of the tea also helps in lowering the risk of fetal anomalies. However, consulting a physician before including it in your diet is advisable.

Additionally, its phenylalanine content promotes cognitive enhancement and thus aids in boosting memory.

Almond Tea Pictures

Almond Tea Pictures

How to make almond milk tea

  • Boil powdered almonds in milk.
  • Strain the milk into a cup and keep aside.
  • Add 1 teaspoon of regular tea leaves to a cup of water in a saucepan and heat.
  • Pour the almond milk into the pan and strain the mixture.
  • Sweeten it with sugar or honey.

Note: If you do not prefer milk, then just dip an almond tea bag in a cup of hot water and have.

Almond bubble tea

The almond milk can also be used to prepare a glass of refreshing bubble tea with tapioca pearls, popularly known as boba.

  • Boil 2 cups of water in a saucepan.
  • Add 1/4 cup of tapioca pearls and let them sit for about 2 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and boil for another 12 to 15 minutes.
  • Cover the pan and allow the pearls to settle down for 12 minutes.
  • Prepare your regular tea in a cup with a tea bag. Cool it and refrigerate for a while.
  • Strain the tapioca pearls and add to a glass half filled with ice cubes along with the tea.
  • Pour the almond milk into the glass and add sugar (or honey) for taste.

Safety and precautions

Side effects

Like any other herbal drink, excessive intake of almond tea may lead to abdominal distress.

Almond Milk Tea

Almond Milk Tea

Where to buy

Almond tea powder and tea bags are available in several herbal tea selling shops and online stores. You can also purchase its other popular variations such as vanilla almond tea, cherry almond tea, almond black tea, and almond green tea.

Article was last reviewed on 3rd November 2017

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