Tag: tea

Food Fight!: Caffeinated Drinks

by in Food Fight, July 16, 2014

caffeinated drinks
Looking for that morning or afternoon buzz? Caffeinated creations — including coffee, tea, soda and energy drinks — vary not only in their pick-me-up powers but also in their nutritional benefits. Find out which ones offer the most (and least) perks.

Coffee
Caffeine content: A typical cup of coffee (8 fluid ounces) contains 80 to 100 milligrams.
Perks and minuses: While black coffee contains an almost nonexistent amount of calories (about 5 per cup), too much cream and sugar will quickly change that. On the plus side, coffee is rich in flavonoids and other antioxidants that may benefit brain and heart health.

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Summer Sips: Which Are the Healthiest of the Bunch?

by in Grocery Shopping, July 2, 2014

summer drinks
Looking for something refreshingly fun to beat the heat this summer? Check out these sensible sippers. Read more

Win This Tea Kettle!

by in Giveaway, September 18, 2013

tea kettle

Fall is right around the corner, and cool nights call for curling up with a cup of tea at home. Make eight cups of hot water for pour-over coffee or tea in no time with the 2-Quarter Morning Bird Teakettle from Circulon. This carbon steel pot’s easy squeeze-and-pour handle makes divvying up drinks with one hand extra easy. Available in multiple colors, this tea kettle works on any type of stovetop—and it looks cute, too!

You can buy your own Circulon Teakettle or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, your favorite type of tea. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, September 20 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one Circulon Teakettle each to three randomly-selected commenters. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on September 18 and 5 p.m. EST on September 20, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $40. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite type of tea?

Taste Test: Bottled Lemon Iced Tea

by in Taste Test, July 17, 2013

lemon iced tea
Looking for a refreshing beverage to beat the summer heat? See the results of this taste test before popping open a bottle of sweetened iced tea.

The Criteria
This taste test focused on sweetened teas with lemon (no other flavors for this challenge). Close attention was paid to ingredient quality, calories and sugar, and each tea was rated using a 5-point scale (5 being the highest). Although the teas came in various sized containers, all teas were scaled to 16-fluid ounces, the most popular size.

One thing that varied widely was sugar content, something worth keeping an eye on. The tea with the highest amount contained 48 grams, while the top-rated bottle had fewer than 10 grams. (To help put things in perspective, a 16-ounce soda/cola contains 52 grams of sugar.)

Here’s how the teas stacked up!

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Win This Tea Collection!

by in Giveaway, February 27, 2013

Numi Tea

Add a new type of tea to your go-to list: pu-erh. This fermented, dark tea hails from China, and has a deep, pronounced flavor. For adventurous tea drinkers who want a crash course in multiple kinds, try Numi Organic Tea’s Indulgent Pu-erh Tea Collection. Housed in a sustainable bamboo box, this collection comes with six variations including chocolate, cardamom, ginger, jasmine and basil-mint.

You can buy your own Indulgent Pu-erh Tea Collection or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, which Pu-erh tea you’re most excited to try. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, March 1 at 5 p.m. EST.

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Win This Tea Infuser!

by in Giveaway, February 13, 2013

Tea Infuser
Whether or not Cupid’s arrow finds its way into your heart this Valentine’s Day, you can bet it has a place in your kitchen. Fill this heart-shaped tea infuser with your choice of loose tea, and your sweetie is sure to fall in love. Not sure what kind you like best? We’ve got you covered with our Tea 101 guide.

You can buy your own Tea to My Heart Infuser or enter in the comments for a chance to win one. Just let us know, in the comments, you’re favorite type of tea. The contest starts at 10:00 a.m. EST today, and ends on Friday, February 15 at 5 p.m. EST.

We’re giving away one tea infuser each to 10 lucky, randomly-selected commenters. You must include your email address in the “Email” field when submitting your comment so we can communicate with you if you’re a winner.

You may only comment once to be considered and you don’t have to purchase anything to win; a purchase will not increase your chances of winning. Odds depend on total number of entries. Void where prohibited. Only open to legal residents of 50 U.S. states, D.C. or Puerto Rico, and you must be at least 18 to win. For the first day of the giveaway, all entries (answers) must be entered between 10:00 a.m. EST on February 13 and 5 p.m. EST on February 15, 2013. Subject to full official rules. By leaving a comment on the blog, you acknowledge your acceptance to the Official Rules. ARV of each prize: $10. Sponsor: Scripps Networks, LLC, d/b/a Food Network, 9721 Sherrill Blvd, Knoxville, TN 37932.

So tell us, what’s your favorite type of tea?

Tea: Facts vs. Myths

by in Healthy Tips, February 7, 2013

herbal tea
I’ve heard it all when it comes to tea and oftentimes what’s said just isn’t true. Here’s the real truth when it comes to one of the most popular drinks in the world.

Myth: Herbal teas are true teas
True teas including black, green, white and oolong come from the camellia sinesis plant. Herbal teas are made by steeping fresh or dried flowers, herb, seeds, roots or plant barks in hot water. The so-called “teas” are really called tisanes.

Fact: Green tea has caffeine
Green tea has about 35 milligrams per cup. Iced green tea also contains caffeine — about 15 milligrams per 16 fluid ounces. If you’re an avid green tea consumer, be careful—the caffeine can add up quickly.

Myth: Decaffeinated tea is caffeine free
Decaffeinated teas do contain some caffeine, about 2 to 10 milligrams per cup. If you’re looking to go caffeine free, herbal teas are your best bet. If you do go for the caffeinated stuff, keep in mind that the amount of caffeine differs from tea to tea: Black tea has around 60 milligrams of caffeine per 8 ounces, about double that of green tea.

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Cooking with Tea

by in Uncategorized, June 24, 2012
mint tea
Tea -- it's for more than sipping.

A few weeks back we talked about the different types of teas and why they are so good for you. This week I wanted to expand on the topic because believe it or not, you can do more with tea than just drink it. Tea is a hot new trend in the cooking world and adding tea to a recipe is a perfectly healthy way to cook.

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Tea 101

by in Uncategorized, May 7, 2012
tea
Which tea is your favorite?

Tea is the second most popular beverage around the world, eclipsed only by water. In general, tea refers to dried leaves of the camellia sinensis plant prepared by steeping in hot water. It can be served hot or cold. In the United States, 85 percent of the tea consumed is iced, a uniquely American preference. One pound of tea leaves yields about 200 cups, making tea one of the cheapest beverages available, following tap water.

The camellia sinensis plant is grown at high altitudes in damp, tropical regions. Tea, like wine, is named for its place of origin, such as Darjeeling, Ceylon (now known as Sri Lanka) and Assam.

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Top 10 Foods for Stress Relief

by in Healthy Tips, April 15, 2010

salmon

Eat your way to a more relaxed state — and no, we don’t mean pigging out on high-calorie junk food. While there isn’t a cure-all food to magically erase frustration, you can get some stress relief with a combo of exercising, eating small meals throughout the day and getting more of these 10 fresh goodies.

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