Organic Apple Ginger Mint – Tea Review

When I heard the name of this tea I was intrigued. It had so many things that I liked just in the name – apple, ginger and mint. Yumm! So I had to give it a try. It is soft and subtle but with a great mint and fruit flavour. There is just the right amount of ginger to not make it too ‘gingery’ but still give it a bit of a kick. I wish I could add a scratch and sniff button the blog so you could smell it!

Organic Apple Ginger Mint Tea

This tea has some great healing properties too.

I like to have it after a meal because the peppermint, chamomile and ginger are all known to aid in digestion and calm the stomach. Chamomile is also a great flower for soothing stress so you might want to try this one in the evening as well – or whenever you get a chance to take a little moment for yourself.

The ingredients in this lovely blend are:

Spearmint, peppermint, rosebuds, hibiscus petal,osmanthus petals, chamomile, apple pieces, honey-bush and organic ginger.

If you have tried any other teas from the  Steeped Tea collection let me know in the comments below. I am always looking for feedback on great tea!

You can find Apple Ginger Mint and lots of other delish tea combos on my Tea Page  under the shop button.

Cheers!

 

Earl Grey de la Creme tea review

I took a poll on Facebook a few weeks ago asking people about their favourite teas. I got lots of different answers and learned about some new teas that I hadn’t tried before. The responses ranged from Masala Chai to Tulsi Tea to Lemon and Ginger and many more. It seems that each tea appeals to us differently according to our personality, palate and mood. This makes me happy because I always look forward to a my daily cup of tea and I can change it up depending on how I feel.  In the fall and winter I seem to be drawn to spicy , warmer teas as natural way to warm up. Summer has me brewing up all kinds of fruity and green iced teas. ( ah summer….) But lately the tea that gets me  going in the morning with just enough caffeine to tackle the morning gong show is Earl Grey de la Creme. Yummy  on so many levels.

It’s a creamier version of your typical Earl Grey and has some pretty blue flower petals in it too. The trick with this one is that you have to brew it as instructed on the package otherwise it gets a little too bitter. I add a drop of maple syrup and a bit of almond milk to mine and voila! If you are feeling extra fancy you can even froth the almond milk and make a dairy free tea latte. It comes in a black tea and green tea version.

Check out Earl Grey de la Creme and tons of other teas at JASMINSTEAS. Steeped Tea will also donate $1.00 from every 100gram bag sold to the Children’s Miracle Network .

If you have any questions about the teas you see just leave them in the comment section below and I will get back to you.

Happy Sipping!

 

Hot Yoga – a tea review

As the weather changes over to a windy, cooler time of year I feel my body needing to warm itself up from the inside. To balance out the damp and cool I want something spicy and warming but not too sweet.

When I tried Hot Yoga Tea  I was pleasantly surprised at how delish it was. It was subtle, warm and spicy but still light. It gave me that cozy feeling I was craving and had a great flavour too. The bouquet is multi layered and smells similar to a chai tea but a little less heavy. The bonus of this tea is that is full of things that are good for you – especially as it gets colder out and the body needs to fortify.

The ingredients that make up this  spicy blend are:cinnamon, hawthorn leaves and flowers, ginger bits, cloves, black pepper, cardamom, safflowers and malava flowers. Ginger is warming and calming, cardamom can help ease digestive upset and freshen your breath while clove is said to have an anti inflammatory effect on the body. It is a great tasting combo for a cool fall night.

Yummmmm….

My love for all things tea has lead me to become a part time Tea Consultant for a company called Steeped Tea.  There are so many health benefits to drinking tea that I feel it is a perfect match for me and for my blog. I will be reviewing teas each month and if you like what you read you can purchase them directly through my online Steeped Tea page at  Jasmin’s Teas

 

Four reasons to eat more fruit

Once summer hits I start to crave fruit. Fruit salads, fruit smoothies, grilled fruit and just mounds of fresh chopped fruit. There are so many benefits to fruit that it makes it an easy choice for a healthy summer snack. Ditch any fruit that is canned, in syrup or packaged and just go for the fresh stuff. You can get creative by making different smoothies and freezing them in popsicle forms or even popping them on the BBQ and grilling them. Peaches and pineapple are amazing grilled!

Some of my fave fruits for summer and their health benefits:

( I try to buy organic fruit if they are on the Dirty Dozen list)

Strawberries :  full of antioxidants that can help boost the immune system and give your skin a healthy glow  click here for more  

Pineapple: love it in smoothies,  contains bromelain which is an excellent anti inflammatory, also helps promote good digestion  click here for more  

Grapes : I consider them natures candy and these guys are rich in vitamin C and K , the red and purple ones are also a source of resveratrol click here for more

Watermelon : so thirst quenching , contains lycopene and vitamin c which both help to boost your immune system  click here for more

Here is one of my fave watermelon recipes, Summer “Seeded”  Watermelon Frosty  from Healthy Happy Life

Handy tip: Food combining by having  fruit on it’s own can reduce gas and bloating.   Remember that fruit  breaks down and moves through your digestive system really quickly so it’s best to eat it on it’s own, 20 min before or after other food.

If you have any favourite fruit recipes please feel free to share them in the comment section below.

Happy snacking!

 

 

Winter warming ideas for those nasty colds

This winter when you get hit by an annoying cold that just lingers and makes you feel like crap for weeks ( sound familiar?) try some of these natural remedies to soothe and warm your system and help  get over the cold naturally.

1) Cold and stuffy soothing cup

  • hot water
  • fresh squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp honey
  • apple cider
  • dash of cayenne pepper

I love this blend because it warms me up, soothes my throat and lungs. The lemon help loosen up any phelgm and the honey helps to coat the throat. If you have a very sore throat please do not add the cayenne as it will be too strong on the delicate tissues.

2) Hot ginger tea with lemon and  honey – you can make this by adding freshly chopped ginger to boiling water and letting it simmer for 10 minutes, then add freshly squeezed lemon juice. If you dont have time to chop ginger you can use ginger tea bags and add the lemon juice, it won’t be as potent but it will do the trick.  Benefits of Lemon Ginger Tea

3) Diffusing essential oils in your home  that help to ease cold symptoms and boost immune . Eucalyptus, cajeput, thyme, lavender and lemon are all good choices. Add a few drops to a diffuser or bowl of hot water and breathe in

4) Add foods with vitamin C to your diet – citrus,red peppers, leafy greens, kiwi, strawberries. Here is a list of more : Vitamin C Foods

5) Make you own chest rub – add 2 drops of eucalyptus  and 1 drop lavender essential oils to 1 tbsp of either non- petroleum vaseline, aloe vera gel or shea butter. Mix well and rub it onto your chest as needed to help clear sinuses and improve breathing.

6) blankets, pj’s and SLEEPING – as much as you can to allow the body to restore and recharge!

Feel better!

Today’s smoothie cup to combat the holiday cookies!

All the ‘holiday cookies’  I’ve eaten over the past few days inspired me to add some kale to our morning smoothie – in hopes that it will counteract the sweets for today and for all the other goodies I will be forced to indulge in over the next two weeks! ha! Somehow in my mind I’ve convinced myself it is ok to have those chocolate peppermint cookies as long as I add extra greens in somewhere else. Right? So whether that’s correct or not I’m going with it!

This morning’s smoothie cup was dairy free and organic:

  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen  blueberries
  • 4 frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen chopped kale
  • 1 teaspoon chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon flax oil
  • splash of oj
  • enriched rice milk

Everyone was asking for seconds and thirds so I consider it a successful way to add ( and hide) the Holiday Greens!

….and make it ok to eat some of those festive baked goods…sort of…

Krispy Kale

I kept hearing how tasty kale chips were but was having a hard time believing it. I do enjoy kale now but it was an aquired taste for me. I couldn’t wrap my head around how it would be good as a baked chip alternative.

So I finally tried making them this week. INCREDIBLE! Now I get it. Not only are they delicious they are super easy to make. My love affair with kale has been rekindled. I found this recipe on epicurious.com. My kids are my litmus test since they are pickier than the average adult and if they like it then I know the grown ups will love it. The recipe I tried was for baking the the kale but there are also recipes out there for dehydrating the kale instead so that is stays raw. It’s up to you.

Kale is high in iron, calcium, vitamin K, vitamin C and powerful anti oxidants.

Try this!

What you’ll need:

  • a large bunch of kale – 12 leaves or so cut lengthwise stems removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Preheat oven to 250°F. Toss kale with oil in large bowl. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Arrange leaves in single layer on 2 large baking sheets. Bake until crisp, about 30 minutes for flat leaves and a few  minutes more for wrinkled leaves. Transfer it to a rack when you’re done so the leaves can cool. Enjoy!