I love my morning ritual. I wake up and walk to the kitchen to boil a pot of water. I allow the water come to a nice long boil, remove it from the burner and drop in my tea bag, allowing it to steep for 3-5 minutes. I only drink green or white tea in the morning and it always includes a spoonful of local honey (honey has an added bonus -it has helped my allergies).
I’ve given many people advice on starting to make the change to green tea. Most want to switch because of the many health benefits. Studies have shown green tea has powerful antioxidants, boosts the immune system, reduces the severity of rheumatoid arthritis, and aids in weight loss.
I like that tea gives me a boost in the morning and I also find it really thirst quenching. I drink coffee when we travel and I enjoy it (hey, who doesn’t love a café con leche in Spain) but it’s not something I crave daily.
I remind everyone there are different types, quality and flavors of green and white teas. First off, quality tea is really important to me. Green tea can be bitter (i.e. what is served at a Chinese restaurant). My brand of choice right now is Mighty Leaf. It’s a loose leaf tea packed in silk bags. Green Tea Tropical is my favorite.
I love mixing different flavors of tea bags when brewing a pot. Combining green tea bags with mint and chamomile is a great blend. I learned this when I was visiting Turkey. Their beverage of choice is tea, and is right up my alley. There were amazing tea infusions and blends everywhere we went! They also added lemons, oranges and fresh apples to the summer tea blends.
I could go on and on about my love of tea, so until next time………… Cheers – Nicole