Recipe: Green Tea Infused With Apples and Cinnamon

A brain-healthy choice, steeped in flavor
Glass of tea with apples and cinnamon sticks on a surface surrounded by ingredients

This hot beverage is another brain-healthy choice. And tea is a great source of EGCG catechins, which are among the most potent antioxidants. On top of that, cinnamon adds not only a flavor boost, but is also loaded with antioxidants. So, go ahead, sit back and sip!

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  • 3 cups water
  • 1 green tea bag
  • 1/2 stalk (bottom portion) fresh lemongrass
  • 3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • Fresh mint sprigs, for garnish


  1. Bring the water to a gentle boil in a small saucepan.
  2. Turn off heat and add the tea bag.
  3. Bruise the lemongrass with the back of the blade of a chef’s knife and add to the saucepan.
  4. Let steep for 30 minutes, and then pour the tea through a fine-mesh sieve into a clean saucepan.
  5. Add the apples and cinnamon and bring to a boil over high heat.
  6. Turn down the heat. Simmer until the apples are fork-tender, about 6 minutes.
  7. Using a slotted spoon, remove and discard the cinnamon stick and apples.
  8. Pour the tea into teacups or mugs, garnish with the mint. Serve immediately.

Nutrition information (per serving)

Makes 3 servings

Calories: 0
Total fat: 0
Trans fat: 0
Cholesterol: 0
Sodium: 0
Total carbohydrate: 0*
Fiber: 0
Sugar: 0*

*A small amount of carbohydrates and sugar will be added due to the leaching of apples into the water.

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— The Alzheimer’s Prevention Cookbook: 100 Recipes to Boost Brain Health (© 2012 Ten Speed Press).

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