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11 Tips To Help Celebrate American Heart Month!

bigelow tea wear red healthRed is Bigelow Tea’s favorite color this month! “Go big or go home” they say, so we’re pulling out all the stops to mark American Heart Month this year. We started by grabbing our most-loved red clothing items (and what a great chance to wear that red lipstick sitting in the drawer!) for National Wear Red Day on February 3rd, we have a “Healthy Eating Challenge” throughout the month of February for all employees, and we have our “Exercise Challenge” where we are urged to exercise 30 minutes, 3 times per week throughout the month.  So why should we all put so much “heart” into this month? Let’s get serious for a second. According to the American Heart Association, heart disease and stroke cause 1 in 3 deaths among women each year. We can all make a difference by getting the below important info out to friends and family:

  1. study by the Boston University School of Medicine found a strong link between drinking black tea and arterial health in people who have heart disease, and we’ve mentioned before that black tea, studies say, has been shown to reverse abnormal functioning of blood vessels.
  2. Educate yourself on the signs/symptoms of heart disease
  3. Visit your physician for a regular check up
  4. Eat nutritious food
  5. Exercise daily
  6. If you smoke – make the effort to quit
  7. Avoid excessive alcohol consumption
  8. Try to manage your stress through relaxation techniques/meditation
  9. Monitor your blood pressure and cholesterol
  10. Help others by encouraging them to join you
  11. Laugh loud and laugh often!

How are you taking care of your heart this month? Post a pic, either in your fave red outfit or while doing a heart-healthy activity, and tag  #TeaProudly. (Extra points if it features a cup of Bigelow tea!)

Checkin Your Stress At The Front Door…As Long As Bigelow Tea Is Stocked In Your Kitchen!

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It’s 2017 and time for a change so please check all stress at the front door pronto! Ugh, easier said than done, right? Well, one thing we do know is that a nice, warm mug of tea always helps….that’s certainly our go-to (as you can already guess J). And, hey, we also found that some foods may even help reduce our crazy anxiety and help refuel for, well, life. After all, we all need the right fuel (tea and healthy food) to conquer tomorrow and the next day and the next.

So to start with the destressing, drink green tea! Green tea contains L-theanine, a free (nonprotein) amino acid. According to research, L-theanine produces a sense of relaxation by directly stimulating the production of alpha brain waves. In basic terms: a cup of green tea may be just the antidote to those pull-out-your-hair crazy days. Who doesn’t like the sound of that?!

In addition to sipping tea throughout the day, here are some foods that may also help combat stress: spinach, oatmeal, carrots, walnuts, and chocolate (!) to name a few. Luckily we have some awesome recipes that will help to pull those superfoods right into your next meal, which is awesome for so many tea drinkers who like to recover from mental exhaustion and anxiety through the ritual of cooking (while drinking tea, of course!). Let’s be real: tea + food = soothing, calming and deliciously perfect….a true #TeaProudly moment (or many!).  Enjoy these #TeaProudly recipes!

Spinach Salad Spectacular with Raspberry Vinaigrette

bigelow tea recipe saladIngredients

4 cups (1000mL) baby spinach leaves washed and dried (about 10 oz.)
1 – 8oz. (250mL) can mandarin oranges, drained
1 – 8oz. (250mL) can artichoke hearts (not in oil), drained

Optional Ingredients

2 medium-sized red apples, cubed (such as Red Delicious or Gala)
5 large ripe strawberries, cut up
1 cucumber, peeled and cubed
Tomato, cut up
4-5 pieces bacon, well cooked, drained and crumbled

Instructions

Combine baby spinach leaves, mandarin oranges, artichoke hearts and almonds. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Use any or all of the optional ingredients. Toss salad with enough dressing to coat. Dress salad with any one of our delicious Bigelow® Tea Vinaigrette Dressing. Recipes for these dressing can be found in the Salad and Side Dish Category.

Cinnamon Spice Oatmeal

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Ingredients

1 cup (8 oz.) Brewed Charleston Tea Plantation Cinnamon Spice Tea or Bigelow Cinnamon Stick Tea
1/2 cup Quaker Oats Old Fashion Oats
Sugar or other desired sweetener

Instructions

Pour hot Cinnamon Spice Tea or Cinnamon Stick Tea into bowl. Add oats. Microwave for 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Sweeten to taste with sugar or other sweetener of choice.

Orange & Spice Pureed Carrots

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Ingredients

2 pounds (1kg) carrots, peeled and cut into 1-2 inch pieces
12 Bigelow Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags
½ cup (125mL) milk
2 tablespoons (30mL) butter, melted
Ground pepper and salt to taste
5 shallots, peeled
1 ½ cups (375mL) vegetable oil
3 tablespoons (45mL) butter

When preparing this recipe please be sure to check all labels on all products you use to ensure that all items are gluten free.

Instructions

Prepare the carrots. Add 8 Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags to 4 cups(1L) of boiling water; let steep for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Cover carrots with tea and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Meanwhile, infuse milk by heating with 4 Orange & Spice Herb Tea Bags for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags. Drain carrots and puree in a food processor and add melted butter and infused milk. The carrots should be very smooth. Place in a casserole and garnish if desired with crispy shallots. To make the garnish – slice shallots into very thin rings. In a saucepan heat oil with butter over medium-low heat until it begins to bubble, add shallots and cook until they are a rich golden brown; about 30-40 minutes. Stir shallots occasionally while they are cooking to make sure they brown evenly. Remove shallots from oil, drain. Once the shallots have dried and are crisped, they can be stored for several days. Serve shallots on top of carrots.

Pomegranate Quinoa Salad with Fruit and Nuts

bigelow tea pomegranate saladIngredients

2 cups boiling water
Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags
1 cup quinoa (try ‘red quinoa’ if you can find it, but any variety will work perfectly)
½ cup dried tart cherries (opt for pitted)
½ cup unsalted dry-roasted almonds, roughly chopped (You can substitute for walnuts or cashews)
½ cup flat leaf parsley, chopped
1-2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

Combine boiling water and tea bags and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes. Squeeze excess liquid out of teabags and discard teabags. Place tea in a medium saucepan with quinoa. Bring to a boil, and then simmer covered until most of the liquid is absorbed and quinoa is tender (about 12 minutes). Stir occasionally. Transfer quinoa to a serving bowl and fluff with a fork. Add cherries, almonds, and parsley and stir to combine. Drizzle with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Toss. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Chewy Chocolate Mint Brownies

bigelow tea brownie recipeIngredients

Bigelow® Mint Medley Herbal Tea Bags
½ cup water
1 ¾ cups semi-sweet chocolate chips
¾ cup (1-½ sticks) unsalted butter
4 large eggs, room temperature
½ cup brown sugar
½ cup granulated sugar
1 cup all-purpose flour
9 x 13 inch baking pan, greased and floured

Instructions

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and set the rack on the middle setting. Place tea bags in ½ cup of hot water. Set aside to cool, and then remove tea bags, squeezing out liquid from bags. Meanwhile, place 1-¼ cups of the chocolate chips and butter in a metal bowl. Set over a saucepan filled with about 2 inches of water, to create a double-boiler. Heat on low and let chocolate and butter melt, stirring frequently. In a medium sized bowl, whisk together eggs and sugars until well blended. Add the cooled tea mixture and whisk to combine. Add a few tablespoons of the melted chocolate/butter combination to the egg mixture and stir to combine. Add the remaining chocolate and incorporate. Lastly, add the flour and remaining ½ cup of chocolate chips, mixing until smooth. Pour batter into prepared pan. Bake approximately 25 minutes. Center will feel firm but still moist. Bake 5-10 minutes longer for a drier brownie. Place pan on a wire rack to cool completely before cutting into 20 squares.

Bigelow Tea Helps To Soothe Those Sniffles!

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Ahhh-chooo! Yep, that is the sound of a darn cold (or worse) that always seems to happen right about now! Shout out to Bigelow for providing some tea relief! When feeling crappy, there seems to be nothing that can help as much as sipping (or chugging if things are really bad) a steaming mug of some of the best flavors of tea on the face of the earth. Hot tea just has a way of helping you out when you are down, right? We’re tea fans 100%, but we especially love how a hot mug rocks during cold and flu season…here are a few more tea tips to think about before, during and after this nasty cold season:

  • A cup of tea a day keeps the doctor away? Maybe just maybe! Black tea might help your body defend bacteria and viruses, according to research from Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard University. Drink up and drink often for the most benefits (you didn’t have to tell us that advice twice!)

So what’s your go-to tea when a cold or the flu has got you down for the count? Tag with #TeaProudly so we can all try your best tips!

Bigelow Tea Has Got You Covered During Gluten-Free Baking Week

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Cakes, cookies, pies, oh my! The holidays are full of delicious baked treats, but if you’re one of the up to 3 million people in America with a gluten allergy—or simply avoid grains as a lifestyle choice—this time of year can be tricky to navigate. You’ll be glad to know that Bigelow Tea has you covered during Gluten-Free Baking Week (and the rest of the year!).

People who cannot have gluten—particularly those diagnosed with Celiac Disease—have to watch what they eat. And what they buy. Symptoms of Celiac Disease include diarrhea, nausea, weight loss, skin rash, joint or bone pain, abdominal bloating and anemia, so it’s important to restrict any gluten intake if you have this condition.

Good news, though: tea is a naturally gluten-free beverage! So, in addition to enjoying the benefits of being absent of gluten, studies suggest tea may be good for your gut, too. Antioxidant compounds, known as catechins, in green tea may inhibit bacteria that causes stomach ulcers, according to a study published in the Journal of Medicinal Food. And on top of that, additional research has indicated that when green tea is digested by enzymes in the gut, the resulting chemicals are actually more effective against key triggers of Alzheimer’s development than the undigested form of the tea.

As grocery stores are carrying more gluten-free goods, the FDA has issued specific rules on what products can be labeled “gluten-free.” While tea may be naturally gluten-free, sometimes a tea or even an herbal tea may contain a small amount of gluten-containing grain as an ingredient. With very few exceptions, most of our teas are naturally gluten-free. Just look for “gluten free” or “not gluten free” with the ingredients list on the box.bigelow-tea-gluten-free-cookies

Check out these delicious gluten-free recipes made with Bigelow Teas that you can make at home. Providing gluten-free teas is just another way we try to help everyone enjoy our fine, high-quality teas, no matter what your diet. A lot of passion, enthusiasm and dedication go into every one of those overwrapped teabags. Well, that and some really great gluten-free ingredients! As always, we are #TeaProudly!

Green Tea To The Rescue!

bigelow-tea-green-teaNearly 30 million children and adults in the United States have diabetes which is a fact we should all be concerned about as many Americans don’t even know they have the disease. Diabetes results from the human body not producing enough insulin to break down glucose. Glucose is a form of sugar that gets turned into fuel for the body. Without enough insulin, glucose levels build up which is why diabetes can be so harmful.

The good news is diabetics can manage their health in many ways: monitoring glucose levels, remaining physically active, eating well and staying hydrated to name a few. For tea drinkers, studies share good news: it has been reported that “Green tea is good for people with diabetes because it helps the metabolic system function better.” A 2013 research review published in Diabetes and Metabolism Journal highlighted a Japanese study that found people who drank six or more cups of green tea a day were 33 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than people who drank less than a cup of green tea a week.

Bigelow Tea has many delicious varieties—and tons of Green Tea options like Green Tea with LemonGreen Tea Chai and Earl Grey Green to name just a few. All Bigelow Teas are sugar-free and can be served without sweeteners, so together, let’s not only learn more about diabetes but help each other mange this difficult disease!

Grab a Mug of Good-For-You Ingredients Found In NEW Line of Teas: Bigelow BENEFITS

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✔All natural green and herbal teas with the goodness of wellness ingredients you know and trust

✔ Exceptional flavor

✔ Non-GMO

✔ Gluten free

✔ Blended & produced in the USA

Yes, all the above is true which is great news for tea lovers everywhere who want to make tea a part of a healthy lifestyle. Bigelow Tea is so proud (we call that #TeaProudly) to announce a new line of wellness teas called Bigelow BENEFITS that are meant to be enjoyed every day. Infused with enthusiasm for putting good things into our bodies that support clean eating habits, this new line of teas masterfully blends all natural green and herbal teas with the goodness of wellness ingredients. With a focus on always delivering a beautiful cup of tea, these inspired combinations of herbs and spice ingredients (all with names you know and trust!), are so imaginative and flavorful, you’ll want to enjoy them morning, noon and night — and all the moments in between. Yum!bigelow-tea-balance

Balance your being with a warming cup of Benefits Cinnamon & Blackberry Herbal Tea, or keep well with a cup Lemon & Enchinacea.  We’ve got seven delicious flavors to enjoy throughout every day.

Radiant Beauty (Blueberry & Aloe Herbal Tea) – smooth and delicious fruity flavor with blueberry sweetness and subtle aloe notes

Stay Well (Lemon & Echinacea) – authentic Echinacea and crisp lemon flavor with a smooth, relaxing herbal finish

Balance (Cinnamon & Blackberry Herbal Tea) – sweet and spicy cinnamon top notes with a smooth balanced sweet and tart finish

Calm Stomach (Ginger & Peach) – a blend of spicy ginger, soothing peppermint finished and sweet peach

Sleep (Chamomile & Lavender Herbal Tea) – a calming, full-bodied floral lavender flavor with a sweet chamomile finish

Good Mood (Chocolate & Almond Herbal Tea) – complex blend of smooth almond, sweet chocolate flavors and blackberry

Refresh (Turmeric Chili Matcha Green Tea) – balanced green tea and matcha pair with earthy turmeric and a mild peppery kick

So let us know which tea you are going to try first or better yet which is your favorite from our new tea line, BENEFITS.  But don’t worry, we won’t make you choose if you love them all as much as we do.  Grab a mug and share with friends and family and let us know how you Tea Proudly at #TeaProudly!

Bigelow Tea Reports On Penn State Research That Says Green Tea May Keep Your Mouth Safe From Certain Forms Of Cancer

bigelow-tea-green-tea-muugYes, Bigelow Tea in a big mug can warm your hands and the aroma is simply delicious for your nose … but it’s the mouth that really gets to enjoy Bigelow Tea. Outside of sipping Bigelow Tea’s rich flavors, there’s news that Green Tea may actually keep your mouth safe from some forms of cancer!

A new Pennsylvania State University study published in Molecular Nutrition and Food stated that green tea might kill oral cancer cells and boost healthy ones. In the study the authors found that a compound in green tea triggers a process in the cancerous cells’ mitochondria that leads to early cell death. A previous study in 2002 found that green tea could induce cancer cell death and suggested “regular consumption of green tea could be beneficial in the prevention of oral cancer.”

Amazing, right?! So, in addition to tasting good, keeping you warm and making special memories, Bigelow Green Tea might keep your mouth healthy. Another reason to proudly enjoy Bigelow Tea!

Bigelow Tea Thinks Pink During October

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October marks National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Bigelow Tea is proud to “think pink” and commemorate the countless women, men and families who have been impacted by the disease. While we honor survivors, patients, and those who are no longer with us, we also pay tribute to advances made in medical research and patient care over the past three decades.

Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, with the exception of skin cancers. About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime, and according to the American Cancer Society, there are more than 2.8 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a way for medical professionals, service organizations and government agencies to collaborate to promote breast cancer awareness, share information about the disease and provide greater access to services.

While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to put a plan in place to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. This October—and every month—make the commitment to take the steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. A few of the steps that are key for early detection include mammograms, clinical breast exams and monthly breast self-exams. Habits that can help reduce your risk are maintaining a healthy weight, staying physically active, eating fruits and vegetables, not smoking, and limiting alcohol consumption.

bigelow-tea-breast-cancer-awareness-pinkIn Bigelow Tea’s home state of Connecticut, the rate of incidence of breast cancer is among the highest in the nation. That’s just one of the many reasons why we’re so passionate to promote breast cancer awareness and early detection. This year, we are a proud sponsor of the Pink Pledge, a month-long, community-wide effort to raise funds for the Norma Pfriem Breast Center, which provides medical excellence, compassionate care and lifesaving programs to all women, regardless of their ability to pay. On October 1, we were at the Pink Pledge kickoff event, which included a Stroll for Strength — a walk by survivors, family members and supporters — and ceremony that culminated in the activation of pink street lights in downtown Fairfield, Conn.

Join us in recognizing Breast Cancer Awareness Month and raise a cup to those working so hard to put an end to this prolific disease.

Top and bottom images provided by Pink Pledge.

Bigelow Tea Joins The Conversation About Female Entrepreneurs in America

Bigelow Tea is beyond proud of third-generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow, who was interviewed as part of a three-part series on Travels & Traditions, called “It’s a Good Thing: Women Entrepreneurs in America,” hosted by Burt Wolf and Linda McMahon. The program will begin airing across 290 PBS affiliate stations this month and more than 100 million viewers are expected to watch it.

In her interview segment, Cindi speaks about Bigelow Tea—its history and her experience at the helm of the company. Founded in 1945 by Ruth Campbell Bigelow, Bigelow Tea is dedicated to being a premier packer of truly fine quality teas. In fact, Bigelow Tea is recognized as America’s #1 Specialty Tea company. Here are a few of the tea-related tidbits Cindi shared:

  • Initially, Ruth had owned an interior design company called Ruth Campbell Design, and was very successful. But when the Great Depression hit, both Ruth and her husband lost their jobs. It was then when she decided to make tea.
  • In 1945, inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, Ruth disappeared into her New York brownstone kitchen to create a better cup of tea. After weeks of trial and error, blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with the first cup of specialty tea, which would become known as “Constant Comment®”.
  • During the early years, it was challenging to sell “Constant Comment” until, one day, a shopkeeper who had success selling the tea shared with her that he had been opening up a container to allow his consumers to enjoy the tea’s amazing aroma. “One whiff and they were sold!” she said. Ruth immediately started including an “extra” little jar of “Constant Comment” in each case, labeled “Open and Whiff.” Shops across the country placed this whiffing jar by their cash registers. Soon after, the tea was sold in Bergdorf’s, Bloomingdale’s and grocery stores.
  • To ensure Bigelow’s fresh, pristine flavor each and every time you brew, our tea bags are individually wrapped in foil pouches to shield delicate tea leaves from air, moisture and surrounding aromas, locking in flavor and freshness. This approach began after David Bigelow began working with a Japanese company who created overlap packaging. Today, 1.7 billion bags of Bigelow Tea are packaged in foil overwrap.
  • To this day, “Constant Comment” is a secret recipe that only Cindi’s parents, Bigelow Tea Co-Chairmen Eunice and David Bigelow, know and blend.

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On a daily basis, Cindi attempts to bring the spirit of her grandmother, Ruth, into every decision she makes for the company. In a country where only 5 percent of companies have female CEOs, Bigelow Tea has thrived—against all odds—to be not only the #1 specialty tea company in the USA, but a source of “constant comment” in the conversation about women entrepreneurs.

Bigelow Tea Highlights Tea-Related Research About Neurological Decline

bigelow-tea-health-teaIf you’ve had some “senior moments” lately, you’re not alone! Age-related declines in memory and cognition occur naturally. But Bigelow Tea has found research that suggests that factors such as diet and exercise may help slow the progression of neurological decline.

If you love tea—and who doesn’t?—drink up! A published long-term study of nearly 30,000 adults found that drinking three or more cups of tea per day was associated with a reduced risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. In addition, according to research presented at a Scientific Symposium on Tea and Health, theanine, an amino acid that is for the most part uniquely found in tea (green and black), may help prevent age-related memory decline. This human-based data is supported by  animal studies utilizing theanine.

Another study in 2013 shows that green tea may someday be a potent weapon in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. And a different study suggests that green tea extract may enhance the brain’s “effective connectivity.” In other words, it may improve the flow of information from one part of the brain to another. This could lead to improved cognitive functioning, including better working memory!

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With all of the varieties of Green Tea and Black Tea that Bigelow Tea has to offer, having a few cups a day will never get dull! So whether you’re “young at heart” or “older and wiser,” don’t forget to sip some Bigelow Tea before you take your daily walk, fill out the crossword puzzle and eat your veggies! It’s a simple way to enjoy life and, perhaps, to stave off more senior moments!