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March 24, 2014

KIDS AND TEA – NOT A BAD THING…..

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 9:54 am

 

 

Child drink  water from  white cup.

While increasing consumption of caffeinated beverages by young children and adolescents stokes fears of negative repercussions on their health, this systemic review of 13 observational studies and official guidance on caffeine consumption from several countries claims that caffeine is unlikely to be harmful when consumed in moderation.

In fact, the review cites a study that found that caffeine intake in low doses actually improves performance on attention and motor task tests in children.

The result suggests that younger children may safely consume up to two cups of tea daily and older school aged children can consume up to three cups of tea per day.

 

source : world tea news

March 21, 2014

Elderberry Candy Bars

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:00 am

Cold and flu season I not over and I still have customers coming into the store asking for herbal remedies. Elderberries is at the top of my list and every season I make several batches of elderberry syrup. I do like this recipe for elderberry candy bars. Not only is it a great tasting snack – it is loaded with the anti-viral properties of the elderberry. Kids love them, so why not add them to their lunch box?

Elderberry Candy Bars

Ingredients: 1 1/2 cups of dried elderberries

5 tbs sugar

1pt jar creamy peanut butter

                                                                        1 15 oz can condensed milk

                                               2tbsp. vanilla

In a large  mixing bowl, blend the peanut butter and sugar. Add milk and vanilla. Mix everything until candy can be formed into logs. Add elderberries – then mix again and wrap logs in aluminium foil. Freeze until ready to use.

March 17, 2014

What Makes Green Tea Green?

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:15 am

Green tea with leaves

 

A good question to ask…..especially on St. Patrick’s Day when everything revolves around the color green!

 

Green tea is only one of six tea categories, but one that has gained tremendous popularity in recent year due to its wide range of health properties.

Even though it is in its own category, green tea comes from the same plant like its fellow varietals – Camellia Sinensis. It is the processing after the tea leaves are picked that creates white, green, oolong, black and pu-erh teas.

Green teas are mainly produced in China and Japan and the most consumed  tea in Asia. While oxidation – the step in which oxygen molecules interact with the chemical compounds in the tea leaf – is a crucial aspect of black and oolong teas, green teas are defined by the way they are shielded from that process.

Green tea undergoes a steaming (Japan) or pan firing (China) process soon after harvest, which preserves the leaves and largely prevents oxidation from occurring. This also preserves the green color and ensures a fresh-tasting leaf, leading some tasters to refer to the green variety as tea in its most natural form.

The taste of green tea can range from vegetal to smoky to nutty, depending on factors such as when it was picked, climate, soil texture and terroir. The reason why green tea is attributed such strong health benefits lies in its high concentration of an antioxidant labeled “EGCG”. Research has shown that this antioxidant bolsters the health of cells in the human body.

March 14, 2014

Irish Shortbread Recipe

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:10 am

 

 

St Patricks day

We have just the perfect shortbread to go along with the morning cup:

Ingredients: 1 cup butter

1/2 cup caster sugar (superfine/baking sugar)

1 cup all purpose flour

1/4 cup cornstarch

Cream the butter and sugar. Add the flour and cornstarch. Roll out and cut into squares or rounds and bake at 300F until done.

If you would like to add a festive (and healthy ) spin on the shortbread, add 1 tbsp. of Matcha green tea!

Cheers!

 

March 10, 2014

Rooibos – The Healthy Drink for Your Child!

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:10 am

 

Overweight and obesity in children is on the rise in the United States. According to statistics published by the Department of Health
and Human Services, the number of adolescents who are overweight has tripled since 1980 and the prevalence among younger children has more than doubled.

While genetic factors play a role in some cases, more often it is the lack of physical activity and unhealthy eating habits, including too
many sugary drinks like sodas and even fruit juice that contribute to the increased number of overweight children.

Statistics published by the National Soft Drink Association (NSDA state that thec onsumption of soft drinks is now over 600 12-ounce servings (12 oz.) per person per year. Since the late 1970`s the soft drink consumption in the United States has doubled and is now at 150 quarts per year, or about three quarts per week. Twenty-one percent of the sugar in the average American’s diet comes from soft drinks!
That’s more than just an unhealthy consumption of empty calories. It is a dangerous overload of caffeine and potentially hazardous, nutrient-depleting additives.

Instead of letting your child overindulge in sodas and other drinks loaded with sugar, artificial colors and preservatives, try other healthy and tasty alternative. Rooibos – also called African Redbush or simply Red Tea is a great way to introduce your child to a healthier, yet tasty drink option.

Even though it is commonly referred to as a tea, Rooibos is actually and herb (Asphalthus Linearis), which is indigenous to the Cederberg mountains of South Africa. Enjoyed for centuries by the natives, both as a beverage and health tonic, Rooibos has been gaining
in popularity here in the U.S. as well. What makes Rooibos such a great drink for kids is the fact that it is naturally caffeine free and due to the
low tannin content, it is mild and slightly sweet tasting. (without the added sugar!)

  • Rooibos also contains essential minerals, such as potassium, calcium, copper, zinc, magnesium and fluoride. A glass
    of iced Rooibos is the ideal drink to replenish electrolytes on a hot Arizona summer
    day.
  • Unlike caffeinated drinks, Rooibos has properties that are calming and can even help with nervous tension and  disturbed sleep patterns. Its antispasmodic properties have long been known to relief stomach and digestive discomfort in adults and children. South African mothers often give their babies Rooibos to relief colic.
  • Much like green tea, Rooibos is rich in antioxidants and flavenoids
  • Rooibos is available in its original form or flavored with fruit and botanicals. It is easy to prepare and can be enjoyed hot or cold.

As a special summer treat, use Rooibos to make refreshing popsicles, lightly sweetened with agave syrup or stevia and replace
that juice box in your child’s lunch box with a thermos of iced Rooibos. For the occasional bubbly effect,  just turn your iced Rooibos into an Arnold Palmer by adding some mineral water.

Rooibos is a truly a healthier alternative tosugar laden drinks, providing minerals important to your child’s health and it
is so delicious that your child will quickly come to love it!

March 7, 2014

Will Honeybush Soon Be a Thing of the Past???

Filed under: Tea in Arizona — Kwingert @ 10:10 am

Honeybush

 

I came across this article in the World Tea News and wanted to share it with you since the future of this popular beverage seems to be uncertain.

“Fears were raised this week by South African Broadcasting Corporation that one of the country’s national treasures, Honeybush, is in danger of disappearing.

Honeybush (Cyclopia sp.) is a legume that grows only in the mountains of South Africa’s Western Cape. It has become a popular herbal drink because of its sweet flavor and it is often praised for its potential health benefits. There are 23 species of Honeybush; one is used to make an herbal beverage.

Demand for Honeybush has grown significantly with companies like Tazo, Twinings and Stash offering Honeybush blends in their lineup. The challenge is supply.

There is very limited commercial cultivation of Honeybush so supply has relied heavily on wild bushes. The small plantations that currently exist are only able to supply 25% of the need. Honeybush traders travel into the mountains and harvest what is to be sold. Concerns have been raised that improper harvesting has damaged the existing supply. Wildfires, droughts, and overharvesting have now raised serious questions about the plants’ long-term survival. Beginning in the mid-2000s, supply began to drop significantly, just at a time when global demand was increasing. The supply problems pose significant challenges to blending for consistent flavor and appearance and prices have now doubled.Honeybush

Currently 15% of the Honeybush produced stays in South Africa. The rest is exported, with 85% of those exports going to the United States and Germany. Honeybush producers worry that the plant simply will not survive and work is now being done to establish nurseries and plantations to grow more Honeybush for commercial use.”

source:  World Tea News