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Constant Comment Way

If you remember I posted the wonderful news on Feb 4th that our town named the new street leading into our building “Constant Comment” Way – well it is up! It is BEAUTIFUL….I am sure you will agree :)

Cindi Bigelow

Why Are Jennifer Aniston and Geri Halliwell So Hot for Herbal Teas?

Friends superstar alum Jennifer Aniston and former “Ginger Spice” Geri Halliwell have more in common than their healthy personalities. They also share a love for tea! In fact, celebrity tea watchers here at Bigelow Tea were delighted to read in the  Daily Mail that stars like Jen and Geri are helping to drive a boom in herbal tea consumption. Herbal varieties infused with health-promoting additives are particularly hot right now (just check out our Herb Plus line of teas to see for yourself).

Sure, Jen sports a bikini in her latest movie, Just Go With It, and Geri is the perfect model for her new swimsuit line. But we’re thrilled to see that celebrities and ordinary folks alike are paying attention to their health – not just their waistlines – and making all kinds of tea part of a healthy lifestyle! Geri’s pal “Posh Spice” has also talked about drinking green tea to help her stay fit on our Bigelow Tea blog!

Bigelow Tea is right in step with Herb Plus, a line of four fantastic teas that Cindi Bigelow describes in this informative video as the “next generation of herbal teas.”

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Herbal teas are known to offer a variety of health benefits, but Herb Plus teas include important new ingredients, based on painstaking research and development over two years. We researched not only the best supplements, but also the ideal way to deliver them for maximum body absorption. Lemon Ginger, for example, contains probiotics to help maintain a healthy digestive tract. And Pomegranate Blueberry contains  Omega 3, linked to heart health. Of course, any new Bigelow Tea has to taste great, and these luscious flavors won’t disappoint!

So whether you’re interested in the reputed health benefits, or simply taking good care of your taste buds, it’s all covered with our delicious Herb Plus tea!

Images: by Angela George via Wikimedia Commons

In April Bigelow Tea, And All Americans Salute Our Military Children

Bigelow Tea respects, honors and appreciates the members of the armed services, and this month we also salute their children. Every April, the Department of Defense recognizes the children of service members by celebrating Month of the Military Child. In 1986 Casper Weinberger, then Secretary of Defense, established this month of recognition to share the important role military children play in the armed forces community.  Children of military personnel must deal with the challenges of having to adapt to their parents military obligations, including deployment.

On military bases and in cities all over the country, events will take place to celebrate the sacrifices of military children and all that they have given, and continue to give, to their country. Last year, events included picnics, fairs, festivals and races. Other activities for military children to reflect on their livesinclude working on craft projects, making scrapbooks and journaling. Teachers across the country are also encouraged to develop lesson plans for this important recognition.

At Bigelow Tea we are so proud of the members of our armed services and their families. Let’s all take a moment this month to acknowledge the youngest members of our nation’s military families and thank them for sharing their parents with all U.S. citizens, so they can help make the world a better, safer place.

Bigelow tea salutes you!

Go Bigelow Tea Weight Watchers Team GO!

We just started a Weight Watchers program that takes place at lunchtime once a week. We have almost 25 participants. Yesterday I stopped in to see how everyone was doing. In the 7 weeks we have been doing this, our employees have lost a total of 131 pounds.

You should have seen each person beaming as they were sharing with me how much they each lost. Even down to Mary Hynes who just joined one week ago. Mary has been with us for 35 years and is just about as cute as they come (all 5 foot of her)-well she lost one pound!

All good, from the person who has lost one pound to the “biggest loser” who has lost 12 pounds. I was so proud of what they have done. Let me tell you, they are one motivated group!

I will keep you posted on their progress by I am sure each and every one of them will achieve their goal. Go Bigelow Tea Weight Watchers Team GO!

Cindi Bigelow

Scientists Report That Properties in Green Tea May Strengthen Defense Against Testicular Cancer

Hey guys, think monthly self-exams are just for the ladies in your life? Think again: some doctors recommend you check regularly for signs of testicular cancer, which is a relatively rare form of cancer but the most common type diagnosed in men aged 15 to 35. Seven-time Tour de France winner Lance Armstrong, figure skater Scott Hamilton and baseball player Mike Lowell are among the well-known men who have discussed their struggles with the disease. The good news is that this form of cancer is highly curable, especially when caught early.

While the causes remain a mystery, some studies suggest that drinking green tea may help protect against testicular cancer. At Bigelow Tea, we’re proud to track a growing body of research that highlights the flavonoid fighting power of the catechins that are found in green tea. These antioxidants have also been reported to have a protective effect against prostate and other forms of cancer, by neutralizing the damaging effects of free radicals that can build up in cells over time and damage DNA.

Still not sure if green tea is for you? Remember how Bigelow tea Spokesman and sports great Joe Torre, a cancer survivor, did his homework and found that green tea was the answer for him. And of course, there’s Phil SimmsTerry Francona and Wayne Gretzky; all these Bigelow Tea spokesmen have become great devotees of Bigelow Tea’s green tea.  “The Great One” even has his own line of Bigelow Tea flavors – try Gretzky Green Tea with Pomegranate. Sometimes it’s hard to decide what’s more delicious; the many great tastes of Bigelow Tea, or the many appealing considerations for your health. But in either case there’s a win-win conclusion!

Image via Flickr.com

Thinking of Japan

I watch the TV and read the papers with such a heavy heart about what is happening in Japan. These wonderful people have been devastated by this earthquake and tsunami, this country of hardworking, gentle citizens and the effect on their lives could be for decades.

I know many of you feel the same.

I can only hope our prayers and support can help them get through this very challenging time in their history.

Cindi Bigelow

Bigelow Tea Wants to Know: Why Do You Drink Bigelow Tea?

“If you are cold, tea will warm you;
If you are too heated, it will cool you;
If you are depressed, it will cheer you;
If you are excited, it will calm you.”

Gladstone, 1865

This is a shout out to all you Bigelow Tea aficionados (and you know who you are)! We appreciate your loyalty – and of course your refined taste buds – and we’re curious to know why, exactly, do you drink Bigelow Tea?  While you’re sipping your cuppa, please take the time to let us know.


Photo via Dailymail.co.uk

Tea in The Movies: Bigelow Tea Loves Mary Poppins and Her Gravity-Defying Teatime Scene!

Tea drinking scenes in the movies can range from dignified tea parties (as in Sense & Sensibility) to highly unusual tea consumption (like Willy Wonka’s edible tea cup and the Mad Hatter’s party in Alice in Wonderland). At Bigelow Tea we just love finding tea parties in films … and one of the most extraordinary tea scenes ever is the legendary “tea on the ceiling” scene from Disney’s classic film Mary Poppins!

As the cast of the movie sings the song “I Love to Laugh,” they begin to be transported into the air in a joyous, raucous scene. However, as Julie Andrews (who plays Ms. Poppins) points out, it is tea time. And when it’s tea time in England … well, you drink your tea! Of course, since everyone’s on the ceiling, the tea table needs to be there too. And that’s exactly what happens.

It’s truly delightful to see this “in the air” tea party … even more so because Ms. Poppins takes it so seriously. She pours the tea artfully and asks, “Two lumps, Uncle Albert?” ever so politely.

If you haven’t seen Mary Poppins lately, why not brew yourself a cup of Lemon Lift and give it another viewing. The “I Love to Laugh” scene will have you in stitches … and you’ll really feel like you’re part of the fun as you sip your tea! Even though the Lemon Lift might not transport you into the air, it will certainly lift your spirits!

Photos via: philosophyoflists.blogspot.comsoundsoflaughtereverywhere.wordpress.com and Youtube.com

Get Ready for Some Green Spring Cleaning with Bigelow Tea

Spring has sprung and you know what that means – it’s time de-clutter, recycleclean, and get the house organized! In the spirit of Sustainabili-TEA, here at Bigelow Tea we have some great tips to get you started with your green spring cleaning – indoors and outdoors. And when you’re finished, pat yourself on the back for a job well done – then sip a cup of your favorite tea, open up the windows, and breathe that fresh spring air!

De-clutter

  • Don’t try to do it all in one day; go room by room.
  • Get some bins and label them “Keep,” “Donate,” “Recycle,” “Trash.”
  • If you need help, recruit the kids!
  • If you haven’t used it in two years, say goodbye to it.
  • If it’s broken or outdated, get rid of it.
  • Keep only the clothes that fit you.

Donate

  • Drive to your nearest clothing bank and make a drop-off.
  • Call your favorite charitable organization to pick up the larger items by truck.

Recycle

  • Recycle everything you can.
  • Find out what can be recycled, and how.
  • Books are precious. Pass your old books on to your local hospital, retirement home, or library.
  • Alternatively, sell your books. Please don’t discard them!
  • Time to hold that garage sale!

Clean

Organize

  • Begin to organize your home, room by room.
  • Label, label, label.
  • Don’t get overwhelmed. Rome wasn’t built in a day!

Tasty Vegetarian Lunch Ideas from Bigelow Tea

At Bigelow Tea, we’re loyal supporters of our local farmer’s markets.  As part of our commitment to Sustainabili-TEA, we love fresh veggies and fruits courtesy of Mother Nature (and the wonderful farmers who lovingly tend their crops)!  It gives us an excuse to experiment in the kitchen….so, whether you’re vegetarianvegan – or not – you’ll really enjoy some of these lunchtime treats that we’ve concocted! Try them out and let us know what you think!

Colorful Grilled Tofu Sandwiches

Ingredients:

  • 6 Bigelow® Pomegranate Pizzazz Herb Juice Tea bags
  • ¾ cup boiling water
  • 1lb firm or extra firm Tofu, drained and cut into 8 slices
  • 2 cups baby lettuce or spinach
  • ¼ cup balsamic vinaigrette
  • 8 slices whole grain bread
  • Mustard and mayonnaise, if desired
  • ¾ cup roasted red peppers, drained
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese

Yield: Serves 4

Instructions:

  • Place tea bags in a measuring cup and add boiling water. Steep  5 minutes. Remove tea bags and reserve ½ cup tea.
  • Place tofu into a large dish, pour tea over and marinate for ½ hour, turning once or twice.
  • Preheat grill and grill tofu turning, once after 5 minutes, cooking both sides for 5 minutes.
  • Prepare sandwiches by tossing greens with vinaigrette.  Spread 4 slices of bread with mayonnaise and/or mustard, 2 slices of tofu,  ¼ of the greens,  ¼ of the red pepper, and a slice of cheese, cover with another slice of bread.  Continue until you have 4 sandwiches.

And, since we’re in a vegetarian frame of mind, take a sneak peak at more of Bigelow Tea’s über healthy lunchtime recipes….

Grilled Vegetarian Mushroom Quesadillas

&

Lemon Orzo with Roasted Vegetables

And, to top off your luncheon, make sure to sip some refreshing Bigelow® Frozen Iced Tea!

Bigelow® Frozen Iced Tea

Photo (top) via Avegetariandiet.com