I’ll Take Mine With Honey! Drinking Tea.

tea cup and book

Just finished listening to an old podcast of The Splendid Table and one of the topics was white tea.

Now I’m as much of a tea freak as they come but I had no idea about teas.

Seems that all teas come from the same plant: Camelia sinensis?

Black, green and white are different because of  the way they are processed.

Black is the most processed it is rolled, dried and oxidized.  That process produces it’s distinctive flavor.

Green is next with unoxidized leaves but heated to eliminate the enzyme that causes oxidation.

White tea or some call raw tea is dried in the sun for day (the other teas are dried in a few hours) and then heated to reduce moisture further. Originally grown in three small villages in China, white tea has become so popular that it is now grown all over the world.

All  teas have  some health properties such as black is known to reduce heart disease and green, cancer with it’s super anti-oxidant content.

All teas help lower blood sugar, kills bacteria in the body, enhance bone density, prevent cavities and boost metabolism that promotes weight-loss.

Some other teas we see out there have a basis in these three teas but with additions.

Oolong tea is a mix of black and green teas that have been fermented.  This tea is known for it’s digestive properties.

Earl Grey tea is black tea with bergamot added.

Now my favorite category of teas, herbal are not really teas at all.  They are dried leaves and flowers and are only considered teas because they are dried and we steep them in hot water, much like real tea.

I drink tons of tea and some I do so for more medicinal reasons – immune booster, cold and sore throat fighters, menopause symptom relievers, mental clarity promoters, and calming teas like chamomile.

I love that a cup of warm comforting tea can work its magic and taste so good.

Here are a few of the teas in my closet.

Tea boxes

I am really excited because I just ordered several blends of herb teas from a supplier in Canada.

These blends, help detox the body, purify the blood and provide a restful sleep.

I have included a couple of cool websites and well as the website where I ordered my tea, just in case you’d like to check them out.

Think I’ll go have a cup of blue lavender tea and read a little Anne Lamott and relax!

I’d love to hear about your favorite tea.  Leave your comments below!

Your Deserve to be Healthy!

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Teas Sites and Resources:

http://www.teapalace.co.uk/Different-Types-of-Tea-Adifferent/

http://teasource.com/

www.harmonicarts.ca

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Cha Cha Cha Chia…… Really, did I just say that?

Everyone is looking for that perfect food that will make getting and staying healthy really simple.
There is a great little food emerging out there that not only keeps you full for longer but adds fiber and calcium to your diet.

And what is so cool is that these have been around for years!

They actually disappeared from the food scene a long long time ago but re-emerged in the early 90’s!
 
We are talking about the Chia Seed !  It has hit the market in a big way!

Who can forget the chia pet from so long ago but now we find out we should have been eating those little seeds instead of planting them.

My guinea pigs used to devour those things….they were so ahead of their time! 😎

Chia seeds come from a desert plan Salvia hispanica.

They’re a very high plant source of those Omega-3 essential fats, a great source of fiber and you can add them to just about anything.

Chia seeds also have protein and calcium, and unlike flax seed, they don’t go rancid.

So what do these little seeds do?

Weight-Loss Assistance

Some people say they keep you feeling fuller longer so you can stick to your weight loss plan.

Balance Your Blood Sugar

 It’s unique combination of soluble and insoluble fiber combine to slow down your body’s conversion of starches into sugars.
If you eat chia with a meal, it will help you turn your food into constant, steady energy rather than a series of ups and downs that wear you out.
 
Keeps  Everything Moving!
 
A great source of fiber, these little seeds will help to make you regular.  Complete and regular bowel movements are a key to good health.
Poor transit time contributes to immune system issues, digestive disorders, colon and other digestive cancers, skin and neurological issues, just to name a few.
 
Adds in Omega 3’s
 
Chia seeds typically contain about 20 percent protein, 30 percent fat and 40 percent carbohydrates.
The fat in chia seeds contain a very high concentration (about 61%) of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Chia Seeds are the highest known whole-food source of Omega-3 acids.
These acids promote cardiovascular and mental health and benefit many body functions.
  
High In Anti-Oxidants
 
Anti-oxidants help prevent free-radical damage in your body. Free radicals lead to problematic conditions such as premature aging of the skin and inflammation of various tissues.
Fight free radical damage by staying fresh and healthy with nature’s anti-oxidant powerhouse.
So where do you get these seeds and how do you use them?
 
One warning is to be aware that people who take blood thinners like warfarin should exclude this from their diet as Chia seeds might increase the risk for bleeding.
 
You can buy chia seeds at just about any health food store.
 I get stuff  like nuts and seeds from Nutsonline.com.

You can sprinkle them in anything.
They will absorb liquid so you can make a jell out of them to use in baking.
Many people add them to pudding.
 
So go check these little seeds out but remember there is no silver bullet for good health. 
 
By following a plant based diet, drinking plenty of water, creating periods of regular exercise in your life, getting 7-8 hours of rest a night and surrounding yourself with fun and supportive people you will go a long way in creating a life of good health and longevity!
 
Rock on little Chia!

(I love this one!)
 
If you have a subject that you would like to see in my blog, please let me know. 

Your good health is important to me….

You Deserve to be Healthy!