Give green tea festive twist

New Delhi, Oct 19 (IANS) Fasting for nine days during the Navratri festival? Don’t let it wreck your diet plan, instead give the humble green tea a makeover with ‘upvaas friendly’ recipes.

Chef Anoop Paul shares some ‘upvaas friendly’ Lipton Green Tea recipes:

* Sparkling Fruity Green Tea

Ingredients:

Three cups (750 mL) water
Six green tea bags
1/2 cup chilled purple grape juice
One medium orange, sliced
One medium lemon, sliced
One medium lime, sliced
1/4 cup chilled club soda

Directions:

Pour boiling water over green tea bags in teapot; cover and brew for three minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze; stir and cool.

Combine tea with remaining ingredients except soda in large pitcher; let it chill for at least two hours. Just before serving, add soda. Pour into ice-filled glasses.

* Green Tea Iced Tea

Ingredients:

Four cups of boiling water
Six green tea bags
One tablespoon of honey

Directions:

Pour boiling water over green tea bags in teapot; cover and brew for three minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze; stir in honey and cool. Pour into ice-filled glasses and garnish, if desired, with lemon or orange slices.

* Fruity Green Tea Smoothie

Ingredients:

One cup water
Four green tea with honey lemon tea bags
One ripe banana
1/2 cup ice cubes

Directions:

Pour boiling water over green tea with honey lemon tea bags; cover and brew for one to one and a half minutes. Remove tea bags and squeeze. Stir in sugar and chill. In blender, process tea, banana and ice cubes until blended.

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