For The Love of Tea
A delightful and warm drink, and a favorite among the English and Asians, it is a great start to the morning. With so many variations like black, green and herbal teas, it goes well with light and savory confectionary, and even with stronger and spicy eastern meals.
Tea helps in digestion, and black tea often is had with ginger extract. To make a delectable cup of warm coziness, boil a few shreds of fresh ginger in water and bring to a boil. Add processed tea leaves just before turning off the heat. This preserves the delicate taste, and keeps it from turning bitter.
Green tea has the highest amount of polyphenols. Such a simple and easy way to relax and unwind after a busy day, and a healthy option that it is served with meals in Chinese restaurants. They help in weight loss, help fight imflammation, and may lower the risk of cancer.
Tea is rich in antioxidants, important in maintaining healthy and glowing skin. Catechins present in green tea can reduce the formation of free radicals, which affect skin health.
Match tea, popular in Japanese cuisine is made from green tea leaves. The mild, tasty and quaint flavor goes well in cakes, ice creams and other desserts.
Savory and spicy herbal teas are popular, and are a tasty variation. Tea also helps you stay alert.
White tea has a higher concentration of antioxidants. It is a great substitute for coffee since it has lesser caffeine. The best benefit is when had without adding milk. It has a great aroma, and leaves a fresh aftertaste.
Coffee Day, Coffee Way
Who doesn’t love the blissful aroma and tempting lure of a warm cup of coffee every morning, and practically anytime of the day! To me, possibly the best discovery known to man – at least that’s how I feel when looking out the windows, watching the falling snow make a pretty picture. It surely is one tasty way to come alive, and set oneself up to skip through the day.
Espresso, roasted, milk, flavored, instant – tasty though high in caffeine, the soft warmth and glow of the drink has traits valuable. Coffee contains Vitamins B2, B3, B5, manganese and potassium. It helps in digestive function.
Limit your coffee intake if possible, to the mornings, since it can interfere with your sleep. If you must, choose decaffeinated coffee, or a cup of tea instead. It is also safe to limit the quantity of coffee to a cup or two a day, and without sugar or fatty creamers. Excessive amounts of coffee have adverse effects on your health, and become an addiction which one needs to be careful about.
Coffee finds it best use in drinks, cakes (tiramisu, yes!), ice creams, candy, cookies and milkshakes. So next time, you find yourself sleepy-droopy, or needing just a little sunshine, cuddle on with your warm and bubbling friend!
Chocolate Fiesta & Fun
Yes, you heard me! Those ooey-gooey, crunchy, creamy, dripping with joy and happiness ‘little-somethings’ that one finds hard to resist!
You and I know firsthand the happy feelings it can create, the dreamy concoction has great health benefits that may surprise you. Wonderful for Valentines, birthdays, surprises and every other time – they are rich in iron, magnesium, manganese, potassium, zinc and phosphorous.
It is best to have a little black chocolate every day. It has caffeine but very small amounts and will not interfere with your sleep at night. Choose options with at least 70% of cocoa in it, and very little sugar.
Chocolate is rich in antioxidants, polyphenols, and flavonoids which may help lower blood pressure, and minimize the risk of heart disease.
It has been thought to improve brain function, and it sure does work emotional wonders!
The cocoa in chocolate is known to be an excellent facemask (if you can keep them from smacking lips!)
So, ere the blues come, make sure you are stocked up with a delightful dose of the happiness charm. Here’s to happy faces, excited giggles and pretty wiggles!