Herbal Tea: There’s an herbal tea for everyone!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016 at 07:00 AM

It’s true; there are dozens of different herbal combinations that can make for yummy and healthy herbal teas. This beverage is an excellent way to treat yourself to something delicious and nutritious. Herbal tea is simply steeped herbs and spices. When looking for herbal tea, read the ingredient list; for maximum benefits, ensure your herbal tea does not contain artificial flavorings. Herbal teas tend to be caffeine-free, so they’re great for any time, especially right before bed.  The health benefits range from soothing aching tummies, to calming colicky babies, to alleviating insomnia, and more. All herbal teas vary in steeping temperature and time, so check the package for directions. The awesome part about herbal tea is that there are endless flavor combinations.  Whether you’re looking for floral, fruity, or nutty notes, you can find a tea for you in this group! All herbal teas vary in steeping temperature and time, so check the package for directions.

Want to learn how to brew herbal tea?! Watch our second installment in this “How-To” series on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnVKWcOrSz0

Recipe: http://adelightfulhome.com/diy-tea-recipes/

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Oolong Tea: Middle child syndrome?

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 07:30 AM

More processed than green, but less processed than black, oolong tea lands right in the middle! So if you’re looking for something with more punch than green, but not as strong as black, oolong is right up your alley! Because it’s made from the same plant as green and black, it contains all the same great catechins and their great benefits! Oolong is known for its natural fruity and floral flavors and sweet aroma. The leaves appeared rolled because of the wither process used to dry them.  So how do I make a proper cup? Oolong is best steeped at 1tsp per cup of water for 3-5 mins with boiling water that has cooled for about a minute. Why not have the best of both worlds?

Recipe: http://www.teatulia.com/recipes/cherry-ginger-oolong-mayonnaise-recipe.html

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Black Tea: Give me a pick me up!

Wednesday, January 13, 2016 at 06:30 AM

Black tea contains the most natural caffeine of all the teas. It also contains theophylline which provides a stimulating affect giving you alertness and a good jolt in the morning! Black tea also contains the same catechins as green and white tea, improving blood pressure, lowering cholesterol, lowering inflammation, blocking plaque formations that lead to Alzheimer’s, aiding in blood sugar regulation in those with diabetes, and aiding in healthy cell growth;  however, because black tea is fully oxidized, some of these beneficial compounds are lost. Due to the caffeine content, black tea also has diuretic and laxative effects when consumed in excess, so be cautious. Black tea provides the base for most flavored teas, chai’s and instant teas. Chai being one of the most popular of these black tea based teas. Chai is made by adding spices like ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and others to the black tea base. It is traditionally made by mixing water and milk and heating to just under boiling. You then add the tea and spices, allow the tea to steep with the spices for several minutes (or as strong as you like) and strain before drinking. Delicious! You can also make it dairy free with just water, or by using dairy milk alternatives like soy or coconut, or steam the milk and make a latte. How do I make black tea properly? Black tea is best steeped at 1tsp per cup of water for 3-5mins with boiling water that is allowed to cool to just lose its boil. Who needs coffee?!

Check out our FIRST Youtube video featuring a “How to” on how to make traditional chai tea on the stove!! https://youtu.be/e_nAs735EOM

Recipe: http://www.arborteas.com/pages/earl-grey-tea-madeleines.html

Chai Recipe: http://www.thekitchn.com/recipe-homemade-chai-47061

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White Tea: Just as good as green? Maybe better!

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 07:15 AM

White tea comes from the same tea plant as green (Camellia Sinensis). However, white tea is made from the youngest buds, and is the least processed, giving it the least amount of natural caffeine and possibly MORE of the health benefiting catechins we discussed with green tea! White tea is also known to have antibacterial effects, helping to protect against bacteria and other infections. White tea generally has the lightest color and flavor when steeped, making it less bitter tasting to some. How do I make it properly? Like green tea, white tea is best steeped for 2-3 mins at about 160-170 degrees, ideally 1 tsp of loose tea per cup of water. Boiling water can damage the catechins making them less effective. Adding vitamin C, like lemon, increases the absorption of the catechins, while dairy makes them harder to absorb. As with green tea, depending on the growing, harvesting, drying and processing techniques employed, there are many types of white tea available. So give them all a go and let us know what you think!

                Recipe: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/white-tea-poached-salmon

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Green Tea: Is it as good as everyone claims?

Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 07:00 AM

The short answer? YES! Green Tea has many benefits to your health. It has been shown to improve blood flow and lower cholesterol, lower inflammation, block plaque formations that lead to Alzheimer’s, aid in blood sugar regulation in those with diabetes, and aid in healthy cell growth! Many of the effects are from the chemicals called polyphenols (known as Catechins in tea) naturally found in the tea leaf. There are 6 primary types, the most well-known being EGCG. Green tea (from the plant Camellia Sinensis) has been grown and processed for centuries in East Asia. China has the highest production and export percentages currently. There are hundreds of different types of green tea available and they are created by different methods of growing, harvesting, drying and processing, creating many flavor profiles. Try many and see what you like, and don’t get discouraged if you don’t like the flavor of the first one you try! How do I make it properly? Green tea is best steeped for 2-3 mins at about 160-170 degrees, ideally 1tsp of loose tea per cup of water. Boiling water can damage the catechins making them less effective. Adding vitamin C, like lemon, increases the absorption of the catechins, while dairy makes them harder to absorb. Give these recipes a try and experience green tea in many new and delicious ways!

                Recipe: http://www.shape.com/healthy-eating/cooking-ideas/20-new-ways-enjoy-green-tea

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