I nearly forgot to post this one, I wrote it a few days ago. Read on if you like tea and want to use it to improve your health, fend off nasties and maybe even aid your weightloss.
I quite like a brew and lately I’ve thought more about the tea I drink. I don’t drink coffee much at all, I might have 5 cappuccinos a year if that. I love the smell of coffee so I bought a coffee machine to make my own cappuccinos and I whizz an espresso through every now and then to fragrance the kitchen.
I use my machine more to froth my hot choc drinks than anything.
I drink tea, a couple of cups a day maybe, some days none at all. I was brought up on good old PG Tips and have tried everything you can think of in the way of black teas.
When my brother was dying from cancer he had researched the benefits of various foods and he told me about Green Tea (click for health effects)and so I switched to that and now and then I’d have Green Earl Grey. Then I won some flowering teas which were super pretty and tasted divine but they were ridiculously expensive too so they are for a treat.
I didn’t like the early fruit teas as they became popular, I tried a few and they just were not nice. I think there have been some improvements over the years as the flavours are more subtly blended in my opinion and lots of companies do good ranges, Twinnings and Clipper are among my favourites.
When I started to brew Kombucha (click here for info) I learned more about tea and about the benefits of loose leaf over tea bags and now I’ve reverted to tea pot, leaves and
a strainer in the true Brit afternoon tea stylie. I did some research into black, green and white teas, flavoured teas and fragranced teas and looked into some of the health benefits of tea. I’d never thought about it before, I didn’t even know why Green tea was recommended to ward off cancer and to aid cancer sufferers in some way until I started my Kombucha research.
Now I’m pretty interested in incorporating more tea into my daily intake of good stuff. I’m brewing Kombucha with a 2:1 mix of green and white organic loose leaf teas and I’m having that three times a day so that’s probably doing me some good. I’m also trying to get at least 3 more cups of the stuff down me as hot drinks. I never drink any hot drinks really hot, I let them cool considerably, I don’t like the burning oesophagus feeling and I read somewhere that it’s not good for you anyway.
I also learned that the longer the tea is allowed to infuse the better. When I use a tea bag I leave it in until I finish drinking, a long standing habit if I’m drinking from a mug. I need to use tea bags at work, I don’t have time to faff with a tea pot and strainer there so I take in organic white tea bags (my favourite are these organic Clipper ones and at the moment they are only £1 for 40 at Asda so I’ve stocked up on them) and some Clipper green tea with a hint of lemon, they are quite zingy and refreshing.
You can also make your own tea bags by buying empty bags to pop your tea in, they’re relatively inexpensive, available from Amazon and many are reusable which cuts down the cost further.
Alternatively you can use any of these cute infusers for popping your dried leaves into. Some of these are so cute and fun and others far more serviceable. I have the guy lounging in the cup one and also one of the tong type ones. You can also buy cups and teapots which have inbuilt infusing pods which are quite useful.
There are tons of health benefits to be had from tea and different varieties give you different boosts of good stuff, antioxidants are the big one, with White Tea (click for health benefits) adjudged to give you those in bucket loads.
I never sweeten my tea (other than Kombucha of course as the SCOBY thrives off the tea and sugar) and I never add milk either so all in all it’s a pretty low cal drink packed with goodness.
This is all great and it serves another purpose, if I steer away from traditional black tea with milk I also shed the need for biscuits for dunking, they just don’t taste the same dunked in milkless white tea so it helps kill that craving.