5 Green Drinks You Should Be On the Lookout For. Colors often create an emotional correlation when you think about them. For red, anger. For pink, love. For white, purity. When it comes to food and drink, we often associate the color green with being healthy. Green can be relaxing, restful, healing, or natural. We might think of the earth or plants and vegetables. With many green drinks, their color brings about these connotations. Though the color green doesn’t ensure something is “healthy,” it does mean that all of these drinks are derived from plants in one way or another. Whether you’re a tea drinker, someone who loves smoothies, or a person who enjoys a cocktail, there is a green drink on this list that you should be on the lookout for.
Okay, kombucha isn’t always green in color, but it can be. However, like many other drinks on this list, it’s something that many consume in order to be healthier, though there are proponents and critics regarding the health benefits for many of these drinks. Those who drink kombucha swear by its uses for things like fighting colds, promoting a healthy gut, and preventing diarrhea, among other effects, due to its richness in healthy probiotics. It’s been used for thousands of years and is created through fermenting sweet tea with a culture of yeast and bacteria. Just be wary of any at-home kombucha and know that it contains some alcohol.
Cannabis cocktails may not necessarily be green in color either, but they contain a green plant known as cannabis. Cannabis cocktails aren’t legal everywhere as many states consider marijuana to be illegal. However, with the growing legality of cannabis, cannabis cocktails are becoming popular in the states who have legalized it. Typically, these drinks are created by infusing alcoholic drinks with the cannabis extract known as cannabidiol (CBD). THC is the component of cannabis known to cause the feeling of being “high,” whereas CBD is able to decrease feelings of anxiety. Cocktails, beer, and wine have all been used to create “green” alcohol/cannabis-infused drinks.
Matcha is made with green tea, but it’s ground into a powdered form and whisked into hot water to form a frothy drink instead of being steeped. Matcha is used in the Japanese tea ceremony in which it’s prepared, presented, and sipped. Some drink matcha for the caffeine boost, and some drink it because of the health benefits it provides. Matcha is rich in antioxidants and can help with blood sugar, blood pressure, and metabolism. Natural matcha has a strong taste, so some drink a powdered mix, but be aware that many mixes use sugar to make it easier to drink. If you enjoy tea, or are looking for a new green drink, many swear by matcha tea.
Kale is a vegetable that is growing in popularity. You can have a kale salad, eat dried kale, or have kale soup. However, if you’d like to take part in the kale craze, as well as the health benefits of kale, you can have it in a smoothie. Not only do you get the enhanced nutrient absorption, you get to consume your vegetable intake in an easy way by juicing it. And kale is a great option for that because it’s loaded with antioxidants, has a lot of vitamin C, and is one of the best sources of vitamin K. Juicing it or eating it are both beneficial, but when juicing it you can add many other fruits and vegetables as well.
Kratom is a tropical evergreen tree from Southeast Asia and occurs naturally in Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia, Myanmar and Papua New Guinea. The potential impacts of this herb can be interesting. It may cause stimulation in low doses and a depressant effect in higher doses. Though there are a variety of ways to use kratom, one of them is to drink it as a tea. There are some popular varieties largely based on where they were cultivated and the effect you’d like to get. Red bali is a red strain from Bali, and green maeng da is a green-veined strain commonly from Indonesia and Thailand, to name a few. Just be sure you’re researching your state’s legal status on kratom tea before trying this green drink.
Green drinks can be calming, invigorating, healthy, or simply created from a plant. Though not all of these drinks are for everyone, there might be at least one on this list to keep an eye out for. Not all green drinks are created equal. Some are hot; some are cold; others are blended; some are fermented; and others are frothed. Each has something unique and special. Deciding which one is for you will involve deciding which one you’d get the most out of.
Guest Post by Chelsy Ranard