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This Is Why Celiac Awareness Month Is Important To Bigelow Tea

A lot of passion, enthusiasm, pride and dedication goes into every cup of Bigelow Tea. And considering that 82 percent of Americans drink tea (that’s, like, more than 158 million people!), it’s especially important to address diet sensitivities and conditions of tea lovers – like Celiac disease.

Celiac disease is an autoimmune disorder caused by an intolerance to gluten, a protein found only in these grains: barley, rye, oats and wheat. 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. According to the Celiac Disease Foundation, it is estimated that 1 in 100 people worldwide are affected, and 2.5 million Americans are undiagnosed and are at risk for long-term health complications. That’s a whole lot! Thankfully, awareness is growing about gluten sensitivity and gluten intolerance.

Good news, though: tea is a naturally gluten-free beverage! As grocery stores are carrying more gluten-free goods, the FDA has issued specific rules on what products can be labeled “gluten-free.” All current Bigelow teas are formulated to be gluten-free!

You can even take your love of yummy tea a step further with Bigelow Tea’s extensive file of gluten-free recipes for inspiration and (of course!) great taste. At the end of the day, all tea lovers should be able to drink tea, share their love of tea, and, well, just #TeaProudly to their heart’s content!

Oat-M-G! It’s Oatmeal Month and Bigelow Tea Has Awesome Recipes For You

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Oat-M-G, did someone say oatmeal?! January is actually Oatmeal Month, and  Bigelow Tea has some new ways to jazz up this breakfast fave! Here’s an awesome idea from @fightforlifelauren (pictured above): Instead of using hot water, make your oatmeal with Bigelow Tea Apple Cider Herbal Tea. Then, add some toppings. Lauren went with cinnamon, apple slices (she microwaved hers with cinnamon), nut butter, pomegranate seeds, a drizzle of honey. Sounds delicious, right?

Another super yummy option is to prepare your oatmeal with Lemon Lift like @healthyliving.lc did. Then, add it to a bowl of Greek yogurt and top with fresh bananas, raspberries, flaxseed, granola, pumpkin butter, and any other toppings you might enjoy. Gosh, talk about reinventing a bowl of oatmeal—it’s obviously all in the toppings these days, friends.

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Don’t have a lot of time to prep a bowl of oatmeal? Spend a weekend afternoon making a batch of muffins to grab and go on your busiest mornings. Here are two recipes to try. Mmmm…. You won’t regret them!

Cranberry Oatmeal Orange and Spice Tea Muffins

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Ingredients

For the Muffins:

  • 2 cups old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup brewed Bigelow Orange and Spice Herbal Tea (two bags)
  • 1 3/4 cups milk
  • zest from one orange
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, sliced
  • 2/3 cup granulated sugar + 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 large eggs, slightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil

For the Glaze:

  • 3 ounce cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 1/4 cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 5 to 6 tablespoons brewed Bigelow Orange and Spice Herbal Tea (1 tea bag)

Instructions

For the Muffins:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Line muffin pans with 24 cupcake liners OR 11 2 3/4-inch x 2-inch cupcake molds
In a medium bowl add the oats, brewed tea, milk and orange zest.
Stir to combine and set aside for 20 minutes.
Place sliced cranberries in a small bowl, sprinkle 1 tablespoon sugar over cranberries and set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together the sugar, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
Add the eggs and oil to the oatmeal mixture; stir to combine.
Add the oatmeal mixture to the flour mixture; stir until combined.
Fold in cranberries.
Scoop into prepared muffin pans.

TIP: For regular size muffins use an ice cream scoop. For the larger size cupcake molds use 2 ice cream scoops.
Bake regular size 20 to 25 minutes AND large 30 to 35 minutes.
Cool on rack.

For the Glaze:
Cream together the cream cheese and butter.
Mix in vanilla.
Blend in the sugar.
Add the tea 1 tablespoon at a time until it reaches a drizzle consistency.
Use a large spoon and drizzle over muffins.

Gluten-free* Ginger Oatmeal Muffins

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Ingredients

Tea Concentrate:

Muffins:

  • ⅔ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ½ cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 2 eggs
  • ½ cup tea concentrate
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 ½ cups gluten-free flour
  • ½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats*
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • ¾ teaspoon Xanthan Gum**
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup dried currants
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

*Use Gluten Free certified Oats to be totally Gluten Free when making this recipe

Instructions

Place tea bags in a 1-cup glass measure. Add water to equal 1 cup. Steep tea for 10 minutes. Squeeze all liquid from tea bags into cup. Discard tea bags. Heat oven to 350 F. Spray 12-cup muffin tins with baking spray; set aside. In large mixing bowl add brown sugar, vegetable oil, molasses, and eggs. Mix at high speed, scraping bowl often, until creamy (1 to 2 minutes). Add tea concentrate and ginger. Continue mixing at medium speed, scraping bowl often, until well mixed (1 minute). In medium bowl stir together gluten-free flour, rolled oats, baking powder, baking soda, Xanthan Gum, and salt. Add to tea mixture. Mix just until moistened. Stir in currants. Fill muffin tins about ⅔ full. Sprinkle top of each muffin with about ½ teaspoon sugar. Bake until very light brown (14 to 18 minutes) or until wooden pick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven. Cool.

If you have your own amazing recipes or just want to share your love of a hot mug of tea, don’t forget to tag either with #TeaProudly so we can all get in on the fun!!

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!

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!

Staying Gluten-Free with Bigelow Tea during Celiac Disease Awareness Month

chaiteateus1020Good news for all the gluten-intolerant tea drinkers out there: with very few exceptions, Bigelow® teas are naturally gluten-free! Just check out the ingredients listed on the packaging or on our website – (www.bigelowtea.com) they will clearly indicate that the tea is either “GLUTEN FREE” or “NOT GLUTEN FREE.”  So, if you want to savor the sweet spice of our family’s signature tea, “Constant Comment”®, or sip a soothing cup of one of our newer flavors Green Tea Chai – you can rest assured that you’ll enjoy a safe, healthy and tasty libation.

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October is Celiac Disease Awareness Month.  For adults and children living with Celiac Disease (CD), a lifelong digestive disorder, gluten is the mortal enemy.  So, what is “gluten”, exactly?  Well, it’s actually a generic name for the storage proteins found in grains, specifically: wheat, barley, rye and oats.

When people with CD eat foods containing gluten, they suffer a toxic reaction to the immune system, causing damage to the small intestine which, in turn, hinders proper food absorption.  CD patients generally have weak immune systems and may experience sensitivity to other foods.  However, as long as they are monitored by their physician and carefully watch what they eat and drink, the disease can be managed without sacrificing quality of life.

At Bigelow Tea, we take “quality of life” very seriously, by providing you with a wonderful selection of teas to add to your gluten-free diet.  So, have a cuppa, and toast to your good health!