Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Essential Eats: Types of Tea

      Hello everyone and welcome to the second week of January. This is actually my last week of break so I am trying my best to have as much relaxation time as I can before the semester begins again. I've spent a lot of my time lying in bed watching Downton Abbey. I also have a hair appointment this week as well as a photoshoot tomorrow so stay tuned for pictures from that.
      A couple of months ago I wrote a blog post on my fave coffee drinks and someone commented asking about drinks for people who prefer tea to coffee so I thought now would be a great time to write about that. 
      This post is about different types of tea, the benefits it has for you, how to drink it and my recommendations. So without further ado, let’s get right into the post.

Black Tea
About: Black tea is stronger than other teas and most of the time is highly caffeinated. It is called black tea for the color of the tea leaves. In other countries, black tea is also referred to as “red tea”. 
Benefits: Black tea has many benefits some of the important ones being it reduces the risk of a stroke and it can prevent cancer. It also has polyphenols which is an antioxidant that help block DNA damage associated with tobacco or other toxic chemicals. These antioxidants are different that the traditional ones found in our regular diet. 
How to drink it: Black tea is stronger than other teas so I steep my tea for about a minute to a minute and a half. Any longer than that will make the tea super strong and bitter. You can either add milk or sugar to the tea depending on your preferences. 
Recommendations: English Breakfast Time Tea from Trader Joes and Earl Grey by Bigelow.

Green Tea
About: Green tea has gone through minimal oxidation during processing so it is not as strong as black tea. It’s originated from China but is commonly found in other Asian countries. 
Benefits: Green tea is more caffeinated that coffee so if you’re trying to wean off coffee, I definitely recommend this. Green tea also has antioxidants that can reduce the risk of breast, prostate and colorectal cancer as well as it can reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. 
How to drink it: Green tea is definitely an acquired taste. I prefer it iced over hot but it has the same benefits either way. Since green tea isn’t super strong, you could steep it for a good two minutes. Don’t add milk though because it’ll curdle and mess up the taste. For sweeter I recommend honey over sugar. 
Recommendations: Mighty Leaf Green tea. Peach Green Tea Lemonade or the Green Tea Lemonade from Starbucks. I included my own recipe for the Peach Green Tea Lemonade in a previous post which you can read here.

Herbal Teas 
About: Herbal tea is usually made with herbs, spices, fruits or any other plant really. It is normally caffeine free which makes it a good tea for bed time. 
Benefits: Aside from the fact that it is caffeine free whatever herbal tea your having as benefits of it’s one. For example Lavender tea helps destress you and can help calm you down for sleep. Rose tea (my personal fave) helps with your complexion and is a natural digestive system detox. 
How to drink it: Similarly to the green tea, herbal tea isn’t as oxidized as black tea so feel free to steep your tea for two minutes or so. You can add milk to some herbal teas although it is not recommended and sweetening with honey would be a better option. 
Recommendations: Rose tea by Numi. Yogi Honey Lavender tea. Orange Grove Vanilla by Teazer (found online).

       I hope you all enjoyed this post. If you did please do not forget to give this a +1 on   Google+, share with all the tea lovers you know and if you have any tea recommendations for me please comment them down below. I love you all! See you next week!

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  1. I will definitely be trying the rose tea, it sounds like something I would like! This post was very helpful and also very cute, thanks Tara!
    <3 Catherine

    1. Thank you. I'm glad you liked it. Let me know what you think of rose tea after you try it.

  2. Tea is my favorite drink ever - my friends know that as I got a box of tea from each of them from the holidays, lol. I am so happy you wrote this post because I discovered so much more about the beverage than I ever knew before. I'll have to try Rose Tea & your Peach Green Tea Lemonade! I love the brands Yogi, Celestial Seasonings, and Bigelow :) x

    1. I always go back and forth between coffee and tea depending on how my stomach is that day. The Peach Green Tea Lemonade is a seasonal drink at Starbucks so I don't think it'll be back till the Spring.
      Another great brand I forgot to mention is Mighty Leaf.

  3. This is really awesome. And really good facts. Take care always, and inspired by how you did this post for essentials. I've been having trouble how to set mine out, and this is a great example, so thank you :). Take care again :D.

    1. I'm glad you liked the format. I had you in mind when I wrote this post. You're welcome!

    2. That's so awesome. And again, really nice post. Shall wait to view other posts from you. Take care again, so delighted right now, lolls :D

  4. I like this post, I've never seen anyone do this x

  5. I liked this post even though I'm not a love rod tea! X