Monday, 30 June 2014
What does world-class super-model, author, skincare entrepreneur and yoga-loving mom Miranda Kerr have in common with Bigelow Tea? Well, two things actually: 1) loving tea of course; and 2) caring about the harmonious connection between people and the planet!
Bigelow Tea spied this charming tea cup belonging to Miranda Kerr which she posted on Instagram with the simple words “Tea time” and the suggestion #takeamomentforyourself. Yes, she’s a green tea lover, folks. So Miranda would certainly enjoy some of Bigelow Tea’s Green Tea varieties like Decaf Green Tea, Green Tea With Mango, Green Tea Chai, and the Bigelow family’s first blend (but the “green” version), Constant Comment. Or she can try the fave of fan @marscaparida, who tweets “Bigelow Green tea with pomegranate & acai tastes great!” Because Miranda is so environmentally conscious, she might want to sample some of Bigelow Tea’s certified organic Green Tea, and she’ll be happy to know about the company’s participation in the Ethical Tea Partnership!
We say, drink up beauty! How do you #takeamomentforyourself? Share your thoughts with the Bigelow family!
Image by Miranda Kerr via Instagram
Friday, 27 June 2014
Hey iced tea fans, have you entered the Bigelow Tea June sweepstakes for your chance to win a Tervis® tumbler and an assortment of 16 black, green and herb teas? Hurry, the sweepstakes ends at midnight EST on June 27th!
A total of 12 lucky winners will get this refreshing prize featuring Bigelow Tea’s premium double-walled tumbler that makes it a cinch to take your fave iced (or hot!) tea on the go. Style points: it’s made in the USA with Bigelow Tea’s new logo!
So head on over to the Bigelow Tea Facebook page, “Like” the page and click the on Sweepstakes icon under the large cover photo. You can enter once a day, and the more you share with your friends and family, the more entries you yourself get. Check the Bigelow Tea blog to see if your name is on the winners’ list.
Best of luck … and enjoy fresh-brewed ice tea anytime, anywhere!
Wednesday, 25 June 2014
Listen in, Bigelow Tea fans, as third-generation President and CEO Cindi Bigelow shares fun facts about your favorite brew on the NPR, It’s Your Health radio show!
Host Lisa Davis had plenty of questions—some of which might be “brewing” in your mind as well! Cindi was happy to provide answers about the family business and products she described as her family’s “passion” since her grandmother started the company 70 years ago!
Now for some interview highlights:
- “Not all tea is created equal,” Cindi said. Bigelow Tea uses only hand-picked tea leaves from higher-elevation tea gardens that follow what’s called the “orthodox process.” Cindi explained that while this harvesting process is much slower and more expensive than other methods, it produces a more flavorful and nuanced cup of tea.
- Cindi also talked about the care that goes into selecting other ingredients used in Bigelow Teas. For instance, the company only uses mint from gardens in Oregon, and the oil of bergamot used in the Earl Grey is sourced from Calabria, Italy! (No wonder Bigelow Tea Earl Grey is number one in America … and is @jennilynne77’s favorite morning tea, as she said on Instagram!)
- Radio host Lisa wanted to know how chocolate flavor is “infused” into Bigelow Tea’s White Chocolate Obsession black tea. Cindi pointed out that real chocolate is used to make this tea, and you can actually see and smell it after tearing open the foil packaging.
As Cindi said: “we won’t compromise; our name is on the package.” Check out the full interview at itsyourhealthnetwork.com for more great tea conversation!
Photo via It’s Your Health Network
Tuesday, 24 June 2014
Your eyes are like cameras, taking in images of what’s around you. With June being Cataract Awareness Month, Bigelow Tea is getting a clear perspective on how cataracts can affect vision.
According to the American Optometric Association, a cataract can impact the eye’s lens, which focuses light onto the retina to transmit what images the brain can see. A cataract blocks light from properly passing through the lens, which in turn can make your vision blurry or dim. Just like with a camera, a blurry lens affects how the images come out!
Cataracts can happen at any age, but they often develop as you become older. Treatment can really make a difference in handling cataracts, so it’s important to visit your eye doctor on a regular basis. Nutrition, too, plays a factor, as lutein and Vitamins C and E appear to help with eye health.
And let’s not forget about tea! Hydration is great for your eyes. So, during this warmer weather—and during Iced Tea Month—enjoy Bigelow Green Tea With Pomegranate Iced Tea. Sip a little while you plan on having a clearer view of taking care of your eyes!
Image from flickr via @peasa
Monday, 23 June 2014
Like tennis fans everywhere, the Bigelow Tea family is ready for Wimbledon! If you’ll be getting up early to catch televised matches, why not enjoy some Bigelow Tea and a special breakfast while watching the sets? Break out your fancy tea set and serve traditional Bigelow® Earl Grey Tea. And if you don’t want to prepare a “full English” breakfast (also known as a “fry up”), purchase some English Marmalade and bake this divine Earl Grey Tea Loaf. Prepare it ahead of time, so you won’t miss any of the courtside action! Speaking of Earl Grey, #Bigelow fan @cynnibunn pairs hers with sugar and milk. What will you be eating and sipping while you watch Wimbledon?
Earl Grey Tea Loaf
- 2 ¼ cup (560mL) boiling water
- 12 Bigelow® Earl Grey Tea Bags
- ¾ cup (180mL) raisins
- 2 ½ cups (725mL) flour
- 1 cup (250mL) sugar
- 2 teaspoons (10mL) baking powder
- 1 teaspoon (5mL) salt
- 1 teaspoon (5mL) cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon (2mL) ground cloves
- Dash black pepper
- ½ cup (125mL) butter
- 6 tablespoons (125mL) icing sugar, sifted
Preheat oven to 350ºF (180ºC). Pour boiling water over Bigelow® Earl Grey tea bags and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove bags. Pour 2 cups (500mL) of tea (reserve remaining tea) over raisins and set aside to soak. In medium bowl sift together dry ingredients. Cut in butter and blend thoroughly, can be done in a food processor. Add tea with raisins and stir until smooth. Pour into a greased and floured loaf pan and bake for 50-60 minutes or until a tester comes out clean. Allow to cool for 10 minutes and remove loaf from pan. Add 2 tablespoons of the remaining tea to icing sugar and drizzle over loaf. Serve warm with butter.
Friday, 20 June 2014
Bigelow Tea fans sure know how to enjoy a cup of tea any time of day! Whether they’re in need of an early morning perk-me-up or looking for a soothing sip while relaxing in the hot tub, Bigelow Tea is along for the ride.
In her video (above) Euphreana starts the day slow, but is soon dancing in her pajamas after a sip of Peppermint Tea. What a way to start the day without the side effects of caffeine!
Paul Weller, on the other hand (below) sips Bigelow Tea all day long because, as he puts it, with “a wide variety of flavors, there’s one for every situation.” From Mint Medley to I Love Lemon and Peppermint, find out where he takes his tea.
What makes Bigelow your cup of tea?
Wednesday, 18 June 2014
During National Fruit & Vegetable Month, Bigelow Tea wants to remind you that tea leaves are plants! That means that what you’re drinking in your favorite mug is actually the brew of a plant! Who knew, right?!
Third generation President and CEO of family-owned Bigelow Tea, Cindi Bigelow shared this information:
All true teas come the from the Camellia sinensis plant, so when you drink a cup of black, green or oolong tea, you’re really sipping the brew of a plant and all the goodness that goes with it. Research conducted by Tufts University found that tea contained more antioxidants than 22 vegetables studied!
So, eat those salads and bite into them apples … but also brew some fresh Bigelow Tea this month! Your body will thank you, for sure!
Image by Joel Burlsem via Flickr.com
Monday, 16 June 2014
While it’s amazing sipping Bigleow Tea’s bone-thawing blends all winter long, there are some individuals who enjoy drinking iced tea any time of year. It’s refreshing, a delicious way to stay hydrated, and a nice alternative to soft drinks. Turns out, it’s also one of the keys to crea-TEA-vity for author Michael Connelly!
The Lincoln Lawyer author says he heads to his home office, closes the black-out curtains, and drinks up to a gallon of iced tea each day as he researches and writes his famous novels. That’s some serious hydration, there Mr. Connelly! This
self-proclaimed iced tea addict even installed a restaurant quality brewer to have the best brew at all times.
Connelly says he has no problem sleeping at night because he switches between caf and decaf throughout the day. For those late evening writing sessions, Bigelow Tea’s herbal #SweetDreams over ice might be just what he needs. Or, he could take it to bed with a good book like fellow #SweetDreams lover @MarianneBarbour.
Send us a tweet and let us know which @BigelowTea you love year-round on the rocks. #JustAddIce
Photo by Mark DeLong Photography via Michaelconnelly.com
Friday, 13 June 2014
The Bigelow Tea Green Team believes in Sustainabili-TEA! This year the group mobilized for this past April’s Earth Week by planning daily activities highlighting the Bigelow family’s longstanding commitment to earth-friendly practices and giving back to the community. Here’s a snapshot of the week in April:
For the second year, employees planted a community garden (pictured above) at the Fairfield, CT headquarters continuing a tradition that benefits the local community and environment—a sustainabili-TEA win-win! Last year, the group was proud to donate vegetables from the garden to local charities and looks forward to sharing the bounty once again this fall.
Employees learned about the many options available to conserve energy and recycle textiles, as well as options for carpooling, home energy solutions, residential geothermal, solar installations and home composting.
Employees removed trash and litter from their outdoor landscape and donated textiles and gently used items to the on-site Salvation Army truck. While indoors, they cleaned up their work area by gathering office equipment to donate and recycling ink toner cartridges, paper, batteries and light bulbs, as well as composting appropriate items.
An outdoor farmers market featured soaps made from goats’ milk, farm-raised eggs, assorted fresh baked goods, roasted coffee and a variety of vegetables.
Employees used items that they would normally trash or recycle and repurposed them into a lovely spring art decoration.
What a week we had! Stay tuned for updates on the Community Garden throughout the growing season, and check out the Bigelow Tea Giving Back board on Pinterest to see other ways employees are making a difference all year long. And please do share your own ideas on how to #giveback!
Wednesday, 11 June 2014
A message to all the men out there: you’re not invincible! Really—even though many guys think they are indestructible when it comes to their own health. In fact, men’s tendency to take their health for granted—by ignoring symptoms and failing to keep regularly scheduled doctor’s visits—can be a problem. That’s why Bigelow Tea looks at National Men’s Health Week as an opportunity to remind men, and those who love them, to be aware of preventable health problems.
This year Men’s Health Week runs from June 9 through 15, and one of the aims is promoting healthy living by stamping out the stigma in men’s physical and mental health. Early detection and treatment of disease is important for us all of course, but as Robert Sobut, MD, clinical instructor of psychiatry at Northwestern Memorial Hospital men and women receive different messages early on in regards to their health. He has said, “A man is acclimated from an early age to tough it out, so they tend to not like to ask for help.”
But there’s plenty for men to be aware of. The list of the greatest threats to men’s health includes heart disease, cancer and chronic lung disease. The CDC notes that the most important thing is understanding health risks and taking action, starting with healthy lifestyle choices. Eating a healthy diet, staying physically active, quitting smoking and getting regular checkups are all important.
And don’t forget our many fantastic Bigelow Tea varieties like tasty and soothing Green Tea! No calories, less caffeine than coffee (or none at all if you choose an herbal option) … and it’s pretty relaxing too! Plus, nothing beats a refreshing iced tea after a good cardio workout!
@SoFabFamily tweeted that “Men’s health is important to @BigelowTea.” That’s for sure! Men: take action!
Image from flickr via @ellenmunro