Healthy Changes | Iced Green Tea

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I fell off of my daily green tea wagon  about two months ago because drinking lemon water, a green smoothie and green tea each morning was getting to be a bit much on my digestive system. Last month I came up with a solution that I am enjoying and can stick with.

teaI make a pitcher of iced green tea each week by brewing one bag of green tea and one back of fruity herbal tea together in 8 ounces of filtered hot water (I usually add honey as well). Once the tea has steeped, I fill the pitcher the rest of the way with filtered ice water, thus creating iced tea. I add a couple of lemon slices and leave the tea bags in. Voila! A prepared non-water drink right in my own home. I usually have a cup of iced green tea when I get home in the evenings or with dinner for a nice refreshing, sweet treat.

Who knew iced green tea could be so great!

 

The Perfect Cup of Green Tea

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I’ve spoken of my taking up tea this year. I have been a tea drinker for 3 years, but since changing my eating habits, I have truly become a several cups a day tea drinker.  I have tried green tea in many forms, mainly straight up, flavored and Matcha. To this date I still prefer straight up green tea, specifically Yogi Green Tea. Well last week I went and had a facial to help with my acne issues and my facialist suggested that I drink green tea, I told her that I do and she asked what I put in it. I told her that I have tried it with lemon, rock sugar, and raw honey.  I have stuck with the raw honey even though its still nothing spectacular, just something that I know has good health benefits and a good way to start my day. She said that she uses a cinnamon stick and raw honey in her green tea, and that since cinnamon is an anti-inflammatory spice, I should try this combination as an internal acne fighter. Well, she is a freakin genius!

greenteaEvery morning this week I have begun my day with a cup of green tea with half of a cinnamon stick and 1/2 a teaspoon of raw honey. I LOVE IT! The cinnamon adds the PERFECT touch to green tea. All I can say is try it! You will not be sorry.

The Perfect Cup of Green Tea

1 Tea Bag of Yogi Green Tea

8 oz Warm Water

1/2 tsp Raw Honey

1/2 Stick Cinnamon

Grocery List: 08/11/13

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I didn’t have to buy as much this week, but I am still stocking up on fruits for smoothies, so I still came close to the same price as last week, aka expensive. However, I am eating more from home, so its actually cheaper because I am not spending soo much money eating out. I bought Coconut Oil this week as I intend to try cooking with it. Its just an alternative to Olive Oil, speaking of Olive Oil, I bought olive oil specifically for eating, not cooking.  My boyfriend wanted Turkey Burgers, so I bought them for him, I may eat them, I may not.  Enough already, let’s get to the list:

The List

groceries

Produce

I Love Organic Girl I Heart Baby Kale

I Love Organic Girl Supergreens

Peaches

Sweet Potatoes

Scallions

Cilantro

Tomato

Cherries

Blueberries

Strawberries

Bananas

Lime

Meat

Turkey Patties

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast

Frozen Food

Strawberry Sorbet

Grocery

Ezekiel 4:9 Cinamon Raisin Cereal

Colovita Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Nutiva Coconut Oil

Other

Smoothie Straws

Yogi Chai Rooibos

Bottled Water

Bottled Drinking Water

I am freezing the Blueberries, most of the Strawberries, 5 of the bananas, and two of the peaches for smoothie making. The two lettuce blends are not for salads, instead they are for smoothies. They are new for me, but I read the labels and between the two they have spinach, kale, swiss chard, tango, romaine, oakleaf lettuce, tat soi, and arugala. I consider that a hella wonderful mix, the downside is the fact that they are about $5 each which is $1 per ounce. I don’t mind the price, due to plain convenience, but it is cheaper to buy these greens separately. I made my entree for taking lunch this week and it is divine, I will post a recipe tomorrow.

freezing

 

My New Toy

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A couple of weeks ago, a person in my life who shall not be named, broke my tea kettle. I thought, no big deal, I’ll get a new one soon. Well it took a couple of weeks without a kettle to realize how much I have incorporated tea into my life, so much so, that its quite difficult to live without it. I tried just warming water in the microwave, but its hard to take the water out before it boils, which is ideal when making tea. Thusly, I was only making black tea, which is fine brewed in boiling water, and well that was getting old fast. Resultantly, I went on the hunt for a new tea kettle, and after a bit decided to buy an electric kettle, more importantly, one with variable temperatures. After much research I decided on this one:

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Cuisinart PerfecTemp Cordless Programmable Kettle

 

It has settings for the various types of tea so I should get more flavor from my favorite teas. This means an even more enjoyable tea and faster tea making experience. This kettle is about to get tons of use.

March Health Challenge

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Republic of Tea Hibiscus Blueberry Tea, Republic of Tea ACai Green Tea, Twinings Earl Grey Tea, Mighty Leaf Chamomile Citrus Tea, Yogi Pomegranate Green Tea, Republic of Tea Honey and Ginseng Green Tea

For the month of March, I decided to challenge myself to drinking two cups of tea each day. To give you a little background, I do not drink coffee because I do nott think it tastes appetizing.  I am a tea drinker, but most days I drink Twining’s Earl Grey (probably because of Captain Picard) and occasionally I drink other teas.  Hence, the 100 count box of Earl Grey above.  I am not a fan of most black teas (exception being Earl Grey), I love green tea, and other Herbal tea’s, so they are always in my stash.

Everyday, I have been drinking either Green tea, Superfruit tea, or Hibiscus tea sometime before my 3:30pm meal. I drink my second cup of tea either during or after dinner, this tea is my comfort tea, good for putting me in sleep mode, for which I usually drink Earl Grey or Chamomile tea. So far, this works for me and is an easy change. I find myself staying away from juice, and because tea is made with water, I am also getting another couple cups of water each day. Tea’s also have beneficial qualities for the body, so I think this choice is a winning choice.

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Blue Agave Nectar, Organic Raw Honey

When I feel my tea needs a sweetener, I use either Agave Nectar or Organic Raw Honey. I tend to skip both with Earl Grey, and give it a shot of lemon juice. Try it! Its delicious!