There is nothing better than homemade indian chai in the morning. All the cafes have tried to imitate traditional recipes, but they all add syrups, mixes or too much sugar. Here’s our favorite family recipe, which I’m sure you’ll love. It’s spicy, delicious and a great pick me up:
Boil 4 cups water in a pot. Add 3 teaspoons of black tea (CTC is the best, the stronger the better), a few teaspoons of freshly grated ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon of tea masala (a blend of spices which you can pick it up at any local indian food store). If you don’t have an indian store nearby, just use dry spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, cloves or star anise.
Boil for 2 minutes and then add lowfat milk. If you don’t like or can’t have dairy, skip the milk. Boil for a few more minutes. Warning…don’t leave the pot unattended while the tea with the milk is boiling. Trust me, you’ll have a huge mess on your hands! Avoid this by immediately reducing the temp once the chai begins to boil and moving the pot so that it’s not sitting directly on the burner. Let the chai simmer for a couple of minutes and then strain and serve.
All of this may sound like a lot of work for a cup of tea, but believe me it’s more than just any old tea, and it’s definitely worth it!!!
Just when you think you have been made aware of all the benefits to drinking tea, another one comes along. Researchers at Texas Tech University have discovered a correlation between drinking tea on a daily basis and prevention of osteoperosis among a group of women with low bone mass. Specifically, those in the study of who drank the equivalent of 4 cups of green tea per day, showed a significant improvement in bone formation.
Did you know that drinking tea can actually help you rehydrate? Or did you know that one study showed that just drinking 3 cups of tea a day is linked to a lower risk of coronary disease? Would you like to see the other 6 health benefits of drinking tea?
Just watched the Perfect Cappucino yesterday and have to admit that, initially, I wasn’t really excited about a coffee documentary, since I don’t drink coffee. I could not have been more wrong about the movie. Amy Ferraris, the filmmaker, does a fantastic job of describing her search for the perfect cappucino. What does this have to with tea? Watch the movie and pay particular attention to an independent coffee shop called the Double Shot Coffee Company in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We feel the same way about tea as Brian, the owner feels about coffee. Much of the movie is focused on Starbucks and why Americans are so obsessed with the global coffee conglomerate. The movie is just as much about culture as it is about coffee. Whether you drink coffee, tea or both, I highly recommend the Perfect Cappucino.
As I have always said in previous blog posts, black tea does not get enough credit these days with all the press surrounding green tea. Drinking black tea has numerous health benefits, and a recent study demonstrates just how healthy black tea can be…click here for full article.
Our version of Ginger Peach is now available and just in time for summer. This zesty blend combines farm-fresh, loose black tea with natural peach flavor and natural ginger. The ginger is a bit strong in this tea, but don’t let that scare you. Ginger Peach has amazing flavor, and I would highly recommend drinking this delicious black tea over ice.
Rooibos tea is widely used in South Africa for treating colic and a variety of other ailments in infants and children. One of the key factors in relieving symptoms of colic is related to sweetness, which is evident in the use of gripewater for infants. In gripewater, sugar is the source of sweetness, whereas with Rooibos tea, the sweetness is natural. Click here for full article.
Recent findings published in the UK Nutrition Bulletin demonstrated a correlation between drinking black tea on a daily basis and reduced risk for heart attacks and diabetes. In fact, the study suggest that drinking 3 cups of black tea a day can reduce the risk for a heart attack by 60% and dramatically reduce the threat of diabetes. Antioxidant flavonoids and theanine, are the keys to preventing artery-blocking blood clots as well as controlling blood pressure. Full article here
First, there is absolutely nothing wrong with cloudy iced tea, other than it does not look very appealing. Iced tea becomes cloudy because the polyphenols in the tea bind with the minerals in the water in which it was brewed. This effect is heightened when tea is refrigerated for long periods of time.
The primary reason tea companies promote the concept of non-cloudy tea is for the purpose of marketing. Many of these same companies include additives in their tea blends to prevent clouding of tea. Home remedies include adding citrus or boiling water to the tea to remove the cloudy effect. The bottom line is that, while cloudy tea may look unappealing, there is nothing wrong with the tea. In fact, cloudy tea often indicates a higher quality of tea leaves.
It seems as if drinking tea has now become quite socially acceptable, even for men. Everyone is drinking some type of tea these days, especially green tea. They have been told that tea will cure all their ills. Manufacturers have also jumped on the bandwagon with all kinds of crazy products, including slimming tea and green tea pills. If you think either slimming tea or pills with green tea extract is your ticket to losing weight and a healthy lifestyle, think again.
Loose tea is definitely a part of a healthly lifestyle, but tea in itself will not shed the pounds. Have you ever noticed that people who drink tea regularly seem to also pay attention to the other aspects of their health, such as what they eat or how much activity they get. There is no magic pill, and drinking loose tea every day will not single-handedly solve all your weight or health problems. That said, when combined with other healthy lifestyle choices, drinking tea can be very beneficial to your health. In fact, studies have shown a number of positive benefits from drinking tea, including improving cardiovascular health, reducing risk for some cancers and boosting one’s immune system.