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Drink green tea and start smoking!

By Hannah Graham |

It’s called the Asian Paradox: low rates of heart disease yet high rates of smoking. How does this happen?

According to this article, “One theory: The average 1.2 liters of green tea consumed daily by many people in Asia offers antioxidant protection.”

Certainly not a reason to start smoking but it’s interesting nonetheless.

1.2 liters.  I can’t say I drink that much each day. How about you?

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Secret tea ingredient that’s better than Xanax

By Hannah Graham |

I’m reading The Ultimate Tea Diet by Mark Ukra (”Dr. Tea”). It’s a very informative book and in it he discusses the three secret ingredients of tea.

L-theanine is one of the three secret ingredients in tea and only one other plant (an obscure mushroom) contains it.

Because of the way L-theanine affects the brain’s alpha waves, it relieves stress, anxiety and tension. In 2004, researchers in Australia compared L-theanine to Xanax, an anti-anxiety medication.  Ukra reports that “they found that L’-theanine tended to reduce anxiety during a relaxation phase of the study, while the drug had no such effect.”

Pretty cool.

I’ll have more posts about the information in Dr. Tea’s book, including the two other secret tea ingredients. Stay tuned.

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A cool tea quote

By Hannah Graham |

“If you are cold, tea will warm you. If you are heated, it will cool you. If you are depressed, it will cheer you. If you are excited, it will calm you.” –William Gladstone, British Prime Minister

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Drink green tea before exercising and burn more fat

By Hannah Graham |

You burn 17 percent more fat during exercising if you drink green tea beforehand.

This is according to a study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

This gives me yet another excuse to drink more green tea.

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Honey with your green tea

By Hannah Graham |

I recently wrote about how green tea is a superfood.

I left one superfood off the list because I wanted to devote an entire post to it.

Raw honey.

Mixing honey with your green tea gives it a nice flavor.  It’s best to let the water cool down a little before adding it so that you don’t lose too many of the nutrients.

I also have raw honey when I’m not drinking tea. I have 2-3 tablespoons a day throughout the day.

I do this because I recently read about how raw, local honey can eliminate seasonal allergies. So I and one of my daughters have started using it every day. We’ll see if it really does get rid of those pesky allergies. I’ll be sure to let you know one way or another.

Raw honey has other advantages too. It has antioxidants and B vitamins . It increases energy and can even eliminate bad breath. It also aids in digestion because honey has a lot of digestive enzymes in it.

It’s best to get it from a local source if you are hoping to eliminate season allergies. That’s because you want the honey to have the pollen from your local area and the honey will help give you immunity to those specific pollens that you are exposed to every day in the spring and summer.

Honey is also an appetite-suppressant. So if you are overweight and use green tea to help with your weight loss because green tea is an appetite-suppressant, go ahead and add honey to the tea. You’ll find you won’t need big meals anymore.

If you are a fan of both honey and green tea feel free to leave a comment.

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Green tea is a superfood

By Hannah Graham |

Did you know that green tea is a superfood? At least according to the Center of Disease Prevention and Reversal and other superfood lists I have seen.

Superfoods are packed with nutrients. They can help lower your cholesterol, reduce your cancer risk, strengthen your immune system and more. Without the side effects that drugs have.

Green tea is already part of your daily diet (I hope!). Here are some other superfoods:

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Green tea cookie recipe

By Hannah Graham |

I found this cookie recipe and wanted to share it with you. I think it would taste great with matcha tea or any green tea.

Do you have a favorite cookie recipe that uses tea? Or any other tea recipe? Feel free to share it.

Tea Cookies
(adapted with very minor variations from Lovescool/Amai Tea & Bake House)
3/4 C (2.25 oz) confectioners sugar
5 oz unsalted butter (5/8 C, or 1 and 1/4 stick), straight from the fridge, cut into 1 tbsp slices
1 3/4 C (8.5 oz) all-purpose flour
3 large egg yolks (save the whites to make tuiles or macarons)
1 1/2 tbsp ground tea of your choosing
1 C granulated sugar (for coating)

Preheat the oven to 350 F. Line two baking sheets with parchment paper.

In a stand mixer using the paddle attachment, mix the sugar and ground tea together. Add the butter and continue mixing until smooth and pale.

Add the flour and mix until well combined.

Add the egg yolks and mix just until the eggs are fully incorporated and a mass forms.

Form the dough into a disk and chill in the refrigerator until firm – the original recipe calls for at least 30 minutes, but with our fridge we prefer to let dough chill for at least a couple of hours before rolling it out.

Which is what you’re doing next, of course – rolling it out. To about 1/2″ thick, which will feel surprisingly thick to those of us more used to rolling out pie crusts.

Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Cut the dough with small cookie cutters of whatever shape you like. Ours were about 1″ diameter.

Toss each cut cookie in a bowl of granulated sugar to coat.

Place the sugar-coated cookies onto a parchment lined baking sheets, about 1″ apart. Bake for 12-15 minutes, rotating from top to bottom and back to front halfway through the baking time. When they are done, they will be slightly golden around the edges.

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Yay! White AND Green tea together!

By Hannah Graham |

I recently wrote about white tea and how it is just as good for you as green tea.

<Actually it’s even slightly superior to green tea, ahem, but I don’t want to emphasize that too much, being the green tea junkie I am. :-) >

Anyway, while at the grocery store the other day I spotted this product:

Green & White Tea Fusion made by Stash.

You can read more about it at their website.

Try it and let me know what you think! If your grocery store sells Stash tea they should have this blend. This tea has a nice, light, slightly sweet taste (thanks to the white peony, no doubt).

I’m always excited about finding a new tea. If you have any new tea discoveries, feel free to share them!

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At last! A proper tea kettle for green tea drinkers.

By Hannah Graham |

Finally, a tea kettle that lets you adjust temperature settings. The proper way to brew green tea is with water that is hot but below the boiling point. This kettle has a setting for that:

Adagio UtiliTea Variable Temperature Electric Kettle 30 oz.

Of course it makes boiling water, too, for those times you drink dark tea.

Check it out!

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White tea vs. green tea

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As a green tea devotee it’s almost hard to admit that there is a tea out there that is superior to green tea in terms of health benefits.

But don’t fear. This doesn’t mean we have to give up our green tea. The two teas are similar enough that we can enjoy them both and benefit all the more.

White tea is getting more and more attention so it’s appropriate to examine what white tea is, exactly, and how it compares to green tea.

White tea is minimally processed, just like green tea. It is harvested just before the buds open and the buds still have white hair on them, thus the name “white tea.”

White tea has a sweeter, lighter taste than green tea. Like green tea, you should steep it in water that is below the boiling point.

White tea has slightly less caffeine than green tea (15 mg as opposed to 20 mg). The varieties of white tea include:

*White peony.

*Golden moon.

*Silver needle.

*White cloud.

Such poetic names.

White tea even has a more polyphenols (antioxidants) than green tea does. Here’s a list of all the wonderful things antioxidants do for you:

*Inhibit growth of cancer cells

*Reduce high blood pressure.

*Protection against getting a stroke.

*Improved blood flow to the heart.

*Reduce cholesterol.

*Inhibit the formation of blood clots in artery walls.

*Maintains even blood sugar levels.

*Lowers the risk for osteoporosis.

*Enhances immune function and helps fight infections.

*Inhibits the growth of bacteria that can cause gum disease, cavities, and bad breath.

Pace University conducted studies in 2004 that show that white tea is even more effective than green tea in killing bacterial viruses. It’s also especially effective in killing staph infections and killing the bacteria causes tooth decay.

The bottom line is that both teas are comparable and very, very good for you. Pick the one that you like the best and drink up!

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