Sunday, January 13, 2008

My name is Lauren and im a Tea-aholic.


I'm not quite sure why, but ever since I've gotten back to college I've been really addicted to drinking tea. I think because it's been a bit chilly outside and a cup just warms me up. I also don't add anything to it, so opposed to grabbing a soda or juice it has a lot less calories yet lots of flavor.It also has a lot of health benefits like cancer-fighting antioxidants, I like fruity herbal teas opposed to black or green tea.

New to tea drinking as well? Teavana has a handy guide for the beginning tea drinker:

The main categories of tea are White, Green, Oolong, and Black. We also sell Herbal Tisanes, otherwise known as herbal tea, which do not actually contain the Camellia sinensis, tea, plant.
White teas have very little caffeine, and brew a light color and flavor. White teas are the least processed of all teas; they contain the highest antioxidant properties, and are very low in tannins.
Green teas have only 5-10% the caffeine in coffee. Green tea is also high in antioxidants, which flush the toxins, boost the immune system, and help to prevent cancer. They also lower blood pressure, fight gingivitis and cavities, and help regulate blood sugar levels. Green teas should be steeped at a much lower temperature than boiling.
Oolong teas are semi-fermented teas, more than green, but less than black tea. They have 15% the caffeine in coffee. Most people commonly recognize Oolong tea as the tea served in Chinese restaurants. Oolong tea promotes weight loss by boost metabolism rate, and increasing digestion.
Black tea is the tea most people are familiar with as it is the one you have grown up drinking by dunking little paper teabags in your cup. Black tea is fully fermented. Black tea helps your body prevent the absorption of cholesterol into the blood stream thus it helps to prevent heart disease. Black tea contains 20 % the caffeine of coffee.
Herbal teas do not contain any leaves from the Camellia family. They are called teas because of the infusion process, sometimes they are called tisanes. Herbal tea is just pure herbs, flowers, and fruits. The health benefits of herbal tea varies from tea to tea.
Rooibos teas are made from a South African red bush that has higher antioxidants than green tea, and is caffeine free. Rich in vitamins, natural minerals, and excellent in aiding with digestion. Both herbal and rooibos teas are delicious iced or hot.

Any tea-drinking readers? i'd love some suggestions!

xoxo, lauren


susie_bubble said...

I love tea because tea loves meeee!

On a more serious note.... I'm loving matcha green tea powder and then adding some honey and lemon to it...or even dried apples... love making up my own fruit teas!

Summer said...

I saw those tea for one teapots at Urban Outfitters before xmas. I really liked them - and they had ones in blue with a similar pattern.

Glad you're loving tea - it's so much better for us then coffee. I drank a ton of tea getting through college. :)

hannah said...

i love tea. we have the celestial seasonings factory here in colorado, and i hop on any chance to go to it.


Secretista said...

Call me boring, but I stick to Lipton regular tea with some Splenda added to it, and that's it. ;]

Aisha said...

I love green tea. Uh and Bubble tea. Yummy.

fmg said...

reallyreally good: saffron tea. i'm slightly obsessed with this/ cart loads back with me from dubai. never seen it in the us though

Princess Poochie said...

Drop me an email, we can chat about tea for hours. I'm a huge tea drinker and tea party thrower from way back. I'd love to share recipes and ideas.


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