Enjoy a hot cup of goodness
For many people, sitting down with a hot cup of tea can be pure bliss—a delicious way to savor a little quiet time with the morning paper, a good book, or a special friend. But did you know that a tea-drinking habit might actually be good for your body as well as your soul?
Tea (especially green tea) contains naturally occurring flavonoids which have effective antioxidant properties, so tea can be a great way to increase your intake of antioxidants.1 Some studies suggest that antioxidant-rich foods may play a role in reducing the risk of some cancers and heart disease2, and antioxidants also protect your body’s cells from damage—something that’s really important as we age!3
Tea is great because of what it doesn’t have, too! It has less caffeine than coffee (roughly half)4, plus it helps to keep you hydrated, since it is, after all, made with water. In fact, according to the Journal of American Clinical Nutrition, tea is second only to water as the healthiest beverage of choice!
For a more in-depth look at the health benefits of different types of teas, and how to prepare them to get the most benefit from them, visit WebMD.
So now that you know it’s not only delicious, but also good for you. So why not plan a little tea party for friends or family? The only thing nicer than having a cuppa is sharing it with people you care about.
First, make the perfect cup of tea by following these steps from the Tea Association of Canada:
- Start with fresh-drawn cold water and bring to a rolling boil. Remember the hotter the water the better, as only boiling water will bring out the maximum flavor from the tea leaf.
- Warm the teapot to help keep your tea hot longer.
- Use one teaspoonful of loose tea or one teabag per cup (5-8 oz.) of water.
- When the water has boiled take the warmed teapot to the kettle and pour over the tea.
- Cover and let steep for 3 to 5 minutes to ensure maximum flavor is released.
- Strain tea or remove the teabags.
- If you prefer your tea less strong, add more water after the steeping period.5
Tea time goes really well with something sweet, like these almond and honey butter cookies from Eating Well that don’t have too much saturated fat and are sweetened with honey!
Not only will your guests love the perfect spot of tea and the yummy snack to go with it, they’ll love spending time with you.
For more information on everything tea-related—including when it was discovered, where it’s grown and who invented that first frosty glass of iced tea — visit Tea.ca.
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