If you didn’t sing the title of this post to the tune of “My Favorite Things” from the Sound of Music, then I am disappointed and you need to go listen to that song and culture yourself a little bit.
Recently I have really been into the whole tea thing and I would love to share some of my favorites with you.
Back in November maybe, my Aunt sent me a bunch of loose tea from Teavana to try out. I had already possessed the special strainer thing from Teavana (I honestly forgot what the real name is, so special strainer it will have to be for now) that steeps the tea and you put it on top of your mug to drain…I was so excited to start getting more into the drinking of it instead of just having it sit up in my cupboard collecting dust. Well now I just needed a way to heat up the water! I still have a Kurig and everything but it doesn’t exactly boil the water.. And I wanted to do everything properly. I then decided I needed a kettle! So of course, my amazing Aunt bought me an electric kettle and it is my baby.. I love it!! It lights up blue and it’s clear so you can see the bubbles and ugh, it’s the best thing. Anyway, I now use that to boil my water to get the right temperature for the tea! Some might say it really doesn’t matter if the water is boiled or not but most (if not all) tea packaging says to steep in boiled water, so why not. Apparently it is important in “really bringing out the flavor” or some silly thing like that.
To start, since the beginning of my introduction to tea, Chai has been one of my top favorites! I love all the spices and I love the cinnamon twinge to it the most. I was so excited when my Aunt sent me Teavana’s Oprah Chai.. Yes, Oprah has a tea named after her.. Anyway, it was the first cup of tea I brewed with my new set up. It was delicious! I highly recommend it if you can still get it, if not, any chai is good. Chai was actually first introduced to me in a chai latte.. ya know with all the fancy milk and design on top… but once I tasted the chai stripped of all the other stuff, I fell in love again. I still want to learn how to make a latte like that but sadly I have to stick with my k-cups for now.
Here, I’ll list some health benefits for you, just because I like to feel helpful haha.
-Many of the herbs in chai tea are considered powerful anti-inflammatory agents.
-Chai is also known to be chock-full of antioxidants that may help your over-all health!
-Something I never knew until doing some research was that this tea is traditionally drunk after meals, due to its digestive-boosting effects. Three cheers for easy bowel movements!!!
This is where I found the info! http://healthyeating.sfgate.com/health-benefits-chai-tea-9942.html
I really enjoy green tea from time to time but I definitely do not drink it as much as I should.. However I did just buy a box so maybe I will be more motivated. I am always hearing great things about green tea and what it does to help boost your health but sometimes I’m just really not in the mood for the taste of it hot. I think I will need to try drinking it iced, especially when the weather warms up! I suggest, if you are an avid green tea drinker, to buy a higher quality tea as some cheaper kinds may not contain all the special and magical ingredients that make drinking the tea worth it!! Plus, it will probably taste better too!
Im not listing all the benefits, but just know, almost all the tea you can drink will have at least one benefit! And some share the same ones as others too!
-Green tea is loaded with antioxidants which helps reduce the formation of free radicals in your cells that are known to cause signs of aging and diseases!
-It’s great for your brain! I’m not sure if green tea will make you a genius overnight, but it is shown to help with your brain function!
-For anyone out there looking to slim down a bit, green tea may be able to help you! Now, it does depend on your chemical make up and all that jazz, but it doesn’t hurt to try! It was shown to boost metabolism in some individuals.
This is where I found my info! http://authoritynutrition.com/top-10-evidence-based-health-benefits-of-green-tea/
I recently took a trip to Harris Teeter (for us New York people, it’s almost like a Wegmans but not exactly.. hey nothing can ever beat Wegs, so yeah) and I was in the tea aisle. I came across this tea brand called Pukka who had “detox”, “three ginger”, “love” and some other box of tea. The detox caught my attention… not to mention it was buy one get one free so obviously I was going to buy it to try. As one does. I chose “detox” and “three ginger” because lord knows I am done with love for a while.
The organic ingredients of this detox are: aniseed, fennel, cardamom pod, licorice root, coriander seed, and celery seed.
Trust me, you can smell the licorice! It’s so potent! But don’t worry, when the tea is brewed, you really don’t notice the licorice all that much in the taste. I was afraid of that flavor becoming too much, I didn’t want to feel like I was drinking liquid licorice candy.
I really hope this detox thing works!
Next, I grabbed for the “three ginger” tea. I figured I would get a morning and a night time tea routine going. Detox before bed and wake up with ginger in the morning!
The organic ingredients of this “three ginger” mix are: ginger root, galangal root, licorice root, turmeric root, and ginger essential oil flavor (which was the only thing that contains non organic lecithin)
What I thought was interesting was that the licorice in this tea was almost nonexistent. I know its in there but I couldn’t really smell it or taste it for that matter (which is totally fine haha). I picked the ginger for the morning tea because it is known to wake you up and give you some good energy. I will definitely be needing that for my 7:50 am class three days a week.
Also, I’d like to mention that these purchases were me completely going out of my comfort zone! I had only been introduced to a couple different chai’s, green tea and some more fruit based teas. So this has been an adventure and surprisingly a success!
I really do like the taste of both teas. They are not too strong and over powering which is good because the stronger it is I feel the more bitter it becomes and I cannot do bitter! No way! A little sweet is perfect. I have stopped (not completely) using honey in my tea as I read somewhere that it will change the taste of the tea or mess up the true flavor. I mean I do love my honey and will usually use it in my green tea for more flavor but I decided to switch to sugar instead. Sometimes the tea doesn’t even need the sugar but when I do put it in my tea, it is not the usual table sugar that you are all familiar with. I really love the idea of natural and unrefined things. Therefore along with my tea from my Aunt, she sent me a bag of rock sugar. It is basically sugar before they turn it in to the pretty white stuff. Some may say it looks yucky, but I think its pretty cool… I mean who wouldn’t like putting rocks in their tea? (they aren’t really rocks, for those of you without humor) You can get this sugar at Teavana if you’re interested, and you can probably get it at almost any grocery if you look hard enough!
So, when I got home to unpack everything, I read more on the Pukka tea boxes and what the company had to say about themselves. I was quite impressed actually! The design on the packaging is printed with vegetable ink on card that is from renewable sources and its recyclable. Also, they do not staple their bags so they’re wildlife friendly (always need to think of the critters out there)! And to top it all off, they use non-GM ingredients, so you know that what is going in to your body, is good for your body. Brilliant right!!? Yeah, I agree.
Now I think I am going to go brew myself some green tea and with every sip, think of how good it is for me! (maybe that will help me get past the taste) Go brew your own cup and let me know what your favorite is!
Thank you so much for reading,