Coffee has been an addiction since the good ‘ol late night studying-partying college days, so we’re closing in on a twentieth anniversary soon. And recently my coffee drinking has gone through the roof since having kids until I started getting daily headaches. But recently things have settled down a little and I’ve been gradually reducing it to a more reasonable level of 2 cups per day (albeit large).
So I wanted a tea blend which I could consume daily in large quantities without the negative effects of coffee and it’s addictive nature. The tea should also help with blood sugar and reducing hunger pangs while providing nutrients and antioxidants so that I could use it as a meal replacement. I couldn’t find anything made specific for this purpose which I really liked (and most of the commercially sold teas did not seem to taste good to me on paper) so I decided to create it myself. Cheaper this way too.
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The five ingredients and their respective benefits are as follows:
- Pu erh – Contains caffeine and boosts fat burning
- Chrysanthemum flowers – Adds a nice flavor and mild sweetness, while increasing insulin sensitivity (lowers blood sugar), refreshing
- Matcha powder – Contains L-theanine for brain function and increases fat burning
- Goji berries – High in antioxidants and lowers blood sugar
- Genmai green tea/genmaicha – Adds a nice flavor, increases satiety and fat burning
I decided to name it Daigoro, after the son of Ogami Itto from Lone Wolf & Cub (For me the most epic samurai manga of all time). ‘Go’ also means five so it’s kinda apt, as the tea is made up of five main ingredients.
The main flavors that dominate will be the Pu erh and chrysanthemum (which is a common mix for chinese tea drinkers) so if you’re familiar with that, this will taste pretty similar.
Finally, pack everything into individual tea bags (I got mine off Lazada as usual, I picked the large size) and its ready. You can use one of those inexpensive digital scale spoons (and I have one), but I’m after a few preparations I can just eyeball it without altering the taste too much. As for the water, just do some trial and error to get the amount you like. Generally for a large sized tea bag I will steep with about 850ml of water. If using a smaller cup I’ll just do a double steep.
Personally, I think it has a really nice soothing taste and really does help to reduce blood sugar while increasing satiety levels. It feels like I can drink this long-term without getting sick of it. Hopefully some folks out there will give it a try and share their feedback with me.
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