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Embrace The Taste Of Summer With Bigelow Tea Red Raspberry

bigelow tea red raspberry iced teaA bowl of fresh, sun-kissed raspberries has always been synonymous with summer, and Bigelow Tea has captured that flavor with Red Raspberry herbal tea. Deliciously tangy with a hint of sweet, Bigelow Tea Red Raspberry tea is made with quality ingredients including hibiscus, rose hips, apples, elderberries and, of course, raspberries! Bigelow Tea enthusiast Nancy from Des Plaines said, “I love this tea! Because I love raspberries, I decided to try it and found that the flavor of this tea is definitely raspberry.”

For centuries, raspberries have grown wild and free around the world. The raspberry plant was believed to be a native to Turkey, and was even thought to have been gathered by the people inhabiting Troy in the first century B.C. Vividly colorful and refreshingly juicy, raspberries also offer plenty of health benefits—a cup of the fruit contains high levels of assorted vitamins and minerals. And studies suggest that the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties in the fruit can fight against cancer, heart disease and age-related decline.

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This season, we’re definitely celebrating all things raspberry. Get adventurous in the kitchen with a few of our favorite recipes using Red Raspberry tea! A bowl of Sparkling Raspberry Ginger Splash is sure to wow guests at your next barbecue or treat the kids with Double Raspberry Tea-sicles. If you own an ice cream maker, you’ll definitely want to try our recipe for Raspberry Sorbet. Or, simply enjoy a tall glass of Red Raspberry over ice (try it with a handful of fresh raspberries!), or a warm mug of it for a relaxing evening in.

Find the joy of summer in Red Raspberry tea—and with the flavor, continue to feel that sunshiny vibe all year ‘round!

Sweet Dreaming With Bigelow Tea

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Arianna Huffington of the Huffington Post spoke about the power of sleep in one of her TEDWomen talks, and told her audience that “the way to a more productive, more inspired, more joyful life is getting enough sleep.” At Bigelow Tea, we agree, but unfortunately 45 percent of Americans suffer from poor or inadequate sleep which is “linked to poor health, mood disorders and low productivity” according to National Sleep Foundation data.

We have our own recommendations for getting a good night’s sleep, but check out these great bedtime routine tips from Lifehack (we are especially fond of #3), and let’s see if we can all sleep easier tonight:

  1. Prepare for bed and go to sleep at the same time daily.
  2. Take a warm bath as part of your routine.
  3. Drink a soothing beverage like herbal tea. (May we suggest pairing Bigelow Cozy Chamomile Tea— where chamomile has long been thought to have calming and anti-insomniac benefits—with Bigelow Sweet Dreams Herbal Tea, a blend of chamomile and mint?)
  4. Relax your body and mind by reading, doing yoga or journaling.

Make the most of your bedtime with a restful sleep, and before you know it, you’ll see improvements during your day. Good night and sweet dreams!

Bigelow Tea Shares Favorite A Few Interesting Tea Facts

At Bigelow Tea we love discussing and sharing interesting facts and history about our favorite beverage- tea! The folks over at Mental Floss put together this quick video of thirty-six of the most interesting facts about tea. Here’s a few to sip on:

  • Tea is the world’s 2ndmost popular drink. Water comes in at number one which coincidentally, is a crucial ingredient in making any cup of tea!
  • 85% of the tea sold in the US is iced tea per Mental Floss. At Bigelow, we sell a variety of special iced tea blends but we always encourage our fans to be creative and experiment with brewing their own iced tea at home with any Bigelow tea flavor!
  • Contrary to popular opinion, iced tea did not originate at the 1904 World’s Fair. A recipe can be found from an 1877 cookbook.
  • “Chai Tea” is redundant and actually means “tea tea”. We’ve put a modern twist on this ancient classic with Bigelow Caramel Chai.
  • In 1901, two American women invented the modern tea bag. Just 44 years before our founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow started Bigelow Tea in her kitchen in New York City!
  • If you find yourself in Zillah, WA, keep an eye out for the service station shaped like a teapot! Sounds like the perfect road trip to us!
  • English tea parties became popular around the 1840s when Queen Victoria and her friends would host tea and snacks between lunch and dinner. Check out our tips for hosting the perfect tea party here.
  • The London Tea Auction was a staple of tea trade for 300 years. Today there are actually E-auctions in India!
  • The British Standards Institute has a guide for preparing tea. Bigelow third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow also has her very own guide for the perfect cup of tea!

To learn more fun facts about tea, watch third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s video where she shares her tea expertise!

Bigelow Tea Recognizes Men’s Health Week With A Gut Check

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When it comes to men and belly fat, there’s no middle ground. Carrying a paunch poses serious health risks. In honor of National Men’s Health Week (June 12-19), the Bigelow Tea family is sharing ideas to help guys whittle their waists.

Extra poundage certainly isn’t just a man’s problem, but male weight gain tends to be concentrated in the midsection, while women are more likely to gain weight in the hips, limbs and breasts. Regardless of overall weight, excess belly fat increases the risk for heart disease, stroke, some cancers, Type 2 diabetes and sleep apnea. OK, that’s the bad news … the good news is that men can take charge with a fitness plan that suits their individual food preferences and lifestyle.

Consider Marv Leicher’s weight loss success story on WebMD. After trying a few different diets, he lost weight initially but always saw the pounds creep back. Sound familiar? Marv’s light bulb moment came when he realized he could stick with certain elements of each diet, but not all of them. So he picked the ones that worked for him, like eating a big breakfast and eliminating soft drinks. No more trying to leave food on his plate. He lost 30 pounds and has kept it off for a year.bigelow tea classic green tea

If replacing soft drinks is something you would consider, Bigelow Tea is the perfect replacement. Whether it’s Green Tea or a favorite black tea variety, like Earl Grey, unsweetened tea is a wonderful way to hydrate without adding extra calories. And during Iced Tea month, it’s even better over ice!

So guys, here’s to finding your personal path to fitness—and enjoying the journey with plenty of your favorite Bigelow Tea!

 

Image by Ellen Munro via Flickr

Go, Girl! Make Bigelow Tea A Part Of National Women’s Health Week

It’s never too early or too late to work toward a healthier lifestyle. And no matter what type of health routine you subscribe to—be it physical, mental or spiritual—you can always complement it with Bigelow Tea. If you’re not already carving a few minutes out of your day to enjoy a cup, National Women’s Health Week is a great time to start.

Check out our video as president and CEO Cindi Bigelow shares fun facts about tea and describes how Bigelow Tea ties perfectly into a healthy lifestyle. For instance, a Columbia University study showed that the polyphenols known as EGCG in green tea reduce the chance of cancer, and a Harvard University study suggested that black tea may reduce the chance of a stroke or heart attack by 45 percent. Wow! Talk about being steeped in health benefits!

Whatever you choose to do to improve your personal well-being, the vibrant flavors and natural ingredients of Bigelow Tea make a perfect pairing for healthy living.

Bigelow Tea Discusses The Importance Of Celiac Disease Awareness

With more than 130 distinct flavors, Bigelow Tea takes pride in giving you that perfect cup. And that means offering options to the tea lovers that may have dietary sensitivities or conditions, too.

Take Celiac disease as an example.

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Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten, a protein found only in these grains: barley, rye, oats and wheat. When someone with Celiac disease ingests gluten, it can lead to damage of the small intestine. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, it is estimated that 1 in 100 people worldwide are affected, and two and one-half million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. Thankfully, awareness is growing about gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance.

While tea is a naturally gluten-free beverage, sometimes a tea or an herbal tea may contain a small amount of gluten-containing grain as an ingredient. If you have concerns about gluten, here’s some good news! Most Bigelow teas are formulated to be gluten-free, and each gluten-free flavor is clearly labeled on the box. On the Bigelow Tea website, you can find a section that lists all gluten-free teas—you’ll also see gluten-free recipes to bring to the table. Grab your favorite Bigelow Tea flavor (@jenluvdonut loves Earl Grey) and let’s raise a cup to promoting Celiac disease awareness!

Bigelow Tea Celebrates All Things Green On St. Patrick’s Day

bigelow tea decaf green teaThis St. Patrick’s Day, Bigelow Tea is celebrating all things green and it starts with tea! Kick off the top o’ the morning by brewing a cup of Bigelow Tea Green Tea – from Classic Green Tea to Green Tea with Peach, Bigelow Tea has a variety of flavors for you to choose from. And brewing great green tea doesn’t require the luck of the Irish — be sure to bring water just to the point where tiny bubbles begin to form before pouring it over the tea bag for a perfect cuppa!

So, what makes green tea so green (aside from getting into the spirit for St. Patrick’s Day)? Green tea comes from the Camellia sinensis plant, the source of all tea leaves. In the case of green tea, though, the leaves are immediately steamed or pan fried to avoid any oxidization. The result is a more delicate tea with lower caffeine content and higher polyphenols that make them popular with the health-conscious.

Why limit yourself to only drinking a great cup of green tea today? You can also prepare a delicious meal enhanced by the flavor of Bigelow Green Tea. For instance, check out the recipe below for Green Tea Ramen Soup; a bit of pasta and a bag of green tea will make your very own pot of gold. Or finish off your meal with Green Tea Cupcakes. Might we recommend decorating with a shamrock or two? However you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, it’s the perfect time to make a tip of the hat to the subtle and surprising green tea!

Green Tea Ramen Soup

Ingredients

4 cups water
4 bags Bigelow Green Tea
1 tablespoon freshly minced garlic
1 teaspoons freshly grated ginger root
1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
1 tablespoon reduced sodium soy sauce
2 shredded carrots
7 ounces Soba Stir Fry noodles*
¼ cup chopped green onions (white and green parts)
⅛ cup fresh minced cilantro
Optional: dash of hot sauce or Sriracha

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Instructions

Bring water, tea bags, garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and vinegar to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Add in carrots (I like them with crunch, if you prefer softer, throw them in at the beginning of cooking process) and soba noodles. Cook for about 2 minutes, or until noodles have warmed through. Serve with green onions, cilantro and a dash of hot sauce if desired.

*A package of fresh, vacuumed sealed soba stir-fry noodles  (usually found in the Asian food aisle) works great, but refrigerated fresh noodles work, as well.

Bigelow Tea Says Live Long & Sip Tea!

bigelow tea live life mugSome of life’s most enjoyable moments are spent with a cup or mug of tea in hand. Whether you’re sharing a cup with a friend, watching the sunrise with a hot mug nearby or enjoying time with the morning paper and your favorite Bigelow Tea blend, life is simply better with tea.

And if life is good, why not find ways to keep on living as long as possible, right? National Public Radio is reporting on a fascinating project called “Blue Zones.” The project is documenting the lifestyle secrets of communities that have the highest concentration of centurians (people 100 years old or more) in the world. People in those five world regions are said to have good genes, strong social ties, lots of opportunities to exercise and tightly-knit families. In addition, NPR noted that they “were struck by essential tea drinking is in these regions.”

Some drink traditional “tea,” made with the leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, like in Okinawa, Japan, where they drink green tea with jasmine. Other regions use herbs grown nearby, as they do in Sardinia, where they brew milk thistle, a native wild plant. bigelow tea jasmine tea

Herbal teas, green teas and black teas can all be enjoyed as part of a healthy lifestyle, and research has indicated that drinking tea can reduce non-cardiovascular mortality. So, sip some Bigelow Tea, take a walk around the block and strengthen your social ties by inviting friends and family over to share a cup! Sounds like a recipe for a great—and possibly long—life!

Bigelow Tea Considers Heart Health

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For 70 years, the Bigelow Tea family has put their hearts into blending their quality teas. Now in February, American Heart Month, it’s time to get to the heart of another matter: being heart healthy. During a month that also includes Wear Red Day and Women’s Heart Week, Bigelow Tea wants to make sure that fellow tea drinkers don’t skip a beat on learning more about heart disease.

Though heart disease can impact both males and females, the American Heart Association cites it as remaining the leading cause of death for 1 in 3 women each year. So along with getting the facts, be sure to maintain a healthy diet with regular exercise. Studies have indicated that tea could help your ticker and can serve as a good beverage option for watching daily sugar intake!

So during the rest of February, and long after, keep your heart healthy and drink some Bigelow Tea. Green Tea with Pomegranate is a great choice, as @KHen06 tweeted: It’s “full of antioxidants and flavor, drink to your health.”

Top image by Johnathan Nightingale via Flickr

Bigelow Tea Prepares For Cold & Flu Season

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Like chicken noodle soup, a hot mug of Bigelow Tea just makes you feel better when you’re suffering from a cold or the flu. The warmth, the aroma and the enticing flavor of tea can really soothe you from the inside out! So, as cold and flu season approaches, share your favorite “sick day” Bigelow Tea option!

Do you prefer a nice, low-key herbal blend like fragrant Chamomile? Or perhaps your choice is a green tea such as the invigorating Green Tea with Mint? Alternatively, do you want that traditional black tea boost from a cup of Earl Grey? And zesty Lemon Ginger Herbal Plus Probiotics is delicious and may aid your digestion. Really, you can’t go wrong with whatever variety you choose!

Of course, the CDC recommends an annual flu vaccine as the best way to reduce the chances of getting the flu. But Joe Simrany, president of the Tea Council of the USA, recommends consuming plenty of fluids especially hot tea. “Hot tea soothes the throat and warms the body on chilly winter days, and it can promote relaxation.”

So, drink up! Here’s to a healthy cold & flu season!

The preceding materials related to health information are provided for educational purposes only.

Tea and tea containing products are not intended to treat, cure or prevent any disease or illness. You should always consult a physician regarding the applicability of any information or recommendations with respect to any symptoms or medical condition. Bigelow is not responsible for the content contained in third-party studies. Bigelow provides these studies for reference, and this does not represent an endorsement or responsibility for the content of such third-party studies.