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Top 10 Reasons to Have a Cup of Tea

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Did you know that January is National Hot Tea Month? We celebrate tea all year long but we thought that it would be a great time to focus on the many reasons to add a cuppa to your day. We had a hard time keeping the list down to just 10.

1. It relaxes you.
L-Theanine is an amino acid found in tea that is known to reduce stress and anxiety while also improving relaxation.

2. It contains antioxidants
While it will never be a cure-all, tea contains antioxidants which help our bodies defend themselves against free radicals. Some studies suggest that it may protect against certain kinds of cancer.

3. It’s a healthy alternative to sugary drinks
Tea in its natural state contains zero calories. That makes it a great alternative to soft drinks and sugary juices.

4.It protects your teeth and gums
Tea contains catechin, an antioxidant that supports healthy gums and teeth.

5. It keeps you hydrated.
Despite it’s reputation because of caffeine, tea has been proven to hydrate our bodies just as much as water.

6. It keeps your heart healthy.
The flavonoids in tea promote heart health by reducing plaque build up in the arteries.

7. It is one of the world’s oldest beverages.
Tea has been cultivated since the Neolithic period. Each sip connects you thousands of years of history.

8. It’s celebrated by cultures all of the world.
England, India, China, Japan..the list goes on. There’s not many things that the whole word can agree on but a love for tea is definitely one of them.

9. It lets you get creative.
Tea can be prepared in so many different ways. Infuse it with fruit or even try using it as a base for a cocktail.

10. It tastes great!
All other benefits aside, we love tea simply because it tastes amazing.

What are your favorite reasons for drinking tea? Let us know in the comments!

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What’s in My Cup? Strawberries!

Although March in NYC has felt awfully winter-like, springtime has officially started. This means warmer weather, spring flowers and local produce will soon be drawing us outdoors. Strawberries–one of the OWL’s favorite fruits–happens to be in  peak season just around the corner starting in April and going through June. As the most cultivated berry in the U.S., our adoration of this delectable, natural treat is not uncommon.

For as far back as ancient Roman times, the strawberry has been noted for its medicinal use, and the fruit has not fallen out of favor over the centuries. Today, we see the modern strawberry in desserts and savory dishes alike. Bright and aromatic, strawberries are delicious when freshly picked, preserved in jams or baked in pies. Another creative way to take advantage of the rich flavor in strawberries is by adding them to beverages–tea in particular!

The Teaologist tea blends only include whole dried fruit (no added flavoring) for a reason: to optimize the nutritional benefits and flavors of the ingredients.

Strawberries are an excellent source of vitamin C, fiber, flavonoids and many other nutrients. Adding whole, dried strawberries to a tea blend can work to soften harsh or bitter flavors, or boost a sweeter flavor profile.

Below are two of our favorite blends that incorporate the strawberry. For the moment at least, these blends may be brewed hot, but soon enough you’ll be enjoying an iced glass under the sun.

The Berry Bunch blend is fruit-forward and includes both dried strawberries and strawberry leaves as well as rose petals, blueberries, cherries, rosehips, blue mallow blossom and raspberry leaves.

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A tea twist on the classic, the Arnold Palmer blend features white tea, strawberry, strawberry leaf and rose petals.

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Happy Spring!

xox,

The Sunshine OWL

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