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So Long, Winter! Start Fresh This Spring With These 6 Tips For Eating Clean (Tea Is One!)

 

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Alright, spring, do your thing! It’s the first day of the season and that means it’s the perfect time for a fresh start. Because in spring, freshness is everything—from flowers to food to a freshly-brewed glass of iced tea. Bigelow Tea, of course, has you covered… starting with these 6 tips on getting back on the clean-eating wagon!

  1. Stay hydrated! This one is soooo important. According to the American Heart Association, keeping the body hydrated helps the heart more easily pump blood through the blood vessels to the muscles. And, it helps the muscles work efficiently. In addition to lots of water, keep hydrated by adding tea to your daily routine. And, green teas are highest in polyphenols known as EGCG, which is why so many make it part of their healthy lifestyle—why not include a few cups to your day?
  2. Eat your colors! Add more veggies and fruit to your diet. Try one of these awesome (and EASY!) recipes to get yourself started: Chopped Veggie SaladSpinach Salad Spectacular with Raspberry Vinaigrette or Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad.
  3. Cut out the processed foods. Read the nutrition labels. If there are ingredients that you can’t pronounce, leave it on the shelf. By doing so, you can ensure that packaged produce, nuts, meats and other foods contain no added preservatives, sugars or unhealthy fats. We are what we eat, right?!
  4. Kiss goodbye to the refined carbs. Instead, focus on adding more whole grains—which have more nutrients and fiber—to your diet. Try to avoid ready-to-eat cereals, white bread and other refined carbs.
  5. Add more minimally-processed oils. It’s important to include a moderate amount of healthy fats in a clean eating regimen. Instead of margarine and vegetable oil, try to use extra virgin coconut oil, olive oil and butter from grass-fed cows. Besides, butter tastes better anyway…
  6. Slash that sugar! You may not be eating a pint of ice cream or guzzling cans of sugary soda, but that doesn’t mean sugar is absent from your diet. You’re likely eating added sugar throughout the day without even realizing it. Make an effort to consume foods in their natural, unsweetened state. (And, remember, life is all about moderation. So if you want some ice cream, enjoy a few scoops instead. Just get a few extra steps in to balance them out!)

What are your fave tips for leading a healthy lifestyle? Tag #TeaProudly with your best ideas or recipes!

Try These 4 Tips To Keep Your Eyes Healthy So You Can Enjoy Tea And A Good Book, Always!

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Tea and an awesome novel go together like bread and butter, macaroni and cheese, chocolate and anything … you get the picture! So why do we mention it? Well, March is Save Your Vision Month, and we want to make sure your eyes are feeling great so you can always enjoy the blissful break of relaxing into a cozy chair with a great read and a warm mug of your favorite tea!

Read on for some great, easy-to-follow tips for keeping your eyes on the prize—a mug of tea and a book you can easily read!

Put on those shades.

Be sure to wear sunglasses that offer UVA and UVB protection, and wear those glasses often- even on less sunny days. What a great excuse to buy a couple pairs, btw– keep one in your car, one in your bag, and one at work. Don’t forget to throw on safety goggles or glasses when playing sports or working with tools, too!

Follow the 20/20/20 rule.

Too much screen time can be uncomfortable for your peepers. The 20/20/20 rule lets eyes rest. Here’s how it works: whether you’re in front of the computer working or just playing on your phone or iPad, every 20 minutes, look 20 feet away or more for at least 20 seconds.

Get lots of antioxidants in your diet.

The saying that carrots are good for eyes is no joke! Fruits and veggies are chock full of healthy nutrients that research says can help protect eyes from age-related macular degeneration.

Drink green tea!

Speaking of antioxidants, the compounds, studies say, in green tea might possibly help to fight Glaucoma and other eye diseases. With all the amazing Bigelow tea varieties, your eyes and your taste buds will both be happy!

What Would Morning Be Without Tea?

bigelow tea recipesAre you the type for whom getting out of bed just doesn’t happen without a big soothing gulp of tea? Yeah, us too. Bigelow Tea is such a great drink to start your morning with because it can help get you going without all the caffeine of coffee. It’s a cozy, warm, and comforting way to ease into the day- plus it comes in tons of flavors!

March is National Caffeine Awareness Month, and considering that 54 percent of Americans treat themselves to some form of caffeine every day according to Health Research Funding, it’s definitely worth noting how much less caffeine there is in tea when compared to coffee. Here’s how it adds up:

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  • Black tea contains 30-60 mg of caffeine – half (way less!) than coffee.
  • Green tea has even less caffeine, around 25-50 mg.
  • Decaffeinated teas have about 1-8 mg of caffeine.
  • Herbal teas have no caffeine. (Making them perfect for bedtime, or anytime you need to chill out and relax!)

bigelow tea bigelow benefitsAs you can see, tea is a fabulous better-for-you alternative to a jolting shot of espresso! And speaking of better for you, Bigelow’s Benefits line is chock-full of ingredients that will help you radiate greatness inside and out. With options such as Cinnamon and Blackberry Herbal Tea  and Blueberry and Aloe Herbal Tea, you can choose to boost your mood and body all day long without any caffeine! If you’re looking for a great morning tea in particular, check out Benefits Turmeric Chili Matcha Green Tea if you haven’t yet. The revved up mix of green tea, chili powder and turmeric is an awesome way to get an energy buzz!

So, what’s your wakeup routine? Share with us! Tag #TeaProudly and tell us which tea helps get you raring and ready to go in the morning!

Let Your Fingers Do the Talking With Bigelow Tea!

bigelow tea green tea nailsAt any given moment, you’re likely to find us with our hands around a mug of Bigelow Tea, sipping while we wake up, work, or relax (loving tea is a proud 24/7 habit over here!)

As a fellow tea junkie, we bet you probably know by now that tea can be good for you on every level. When you sip a tea made from the Camellia Sinensis plant, you’re enjoying a warm and tasty wellness journey as well as a way to lift your spirits. Whether shared with fellow tea-loving pals or on your own with a good book (one of our most favorite tea-related activities!), tea can have a place in everyone’s day! But did you know tea also has some truly awesome beauty benefits? Some studies say that green tea in particular is a terrific way to help your nails be healthier!  Who knew, and just how does that work?

  • The antioxidants in green tea, research say, (again, thank you Camellia Sinensis plant!) are thought to keep nails from getting brittle.
  • Green tea may not only help make nails appear to be stronger but might also help eliminate yellow discoloring (which can happen after getting one too many manicures L).
  • To help support your nails, simply soak fingers in green tea for about 10 to 15 minutes. Any variety of green tea should do the job. Soak regularly, and you may just see a big difference in your pretty little fingers!

So we want to know: how do you get gorgeous using tea? Tag your beauty and tea tips online with #TeaProudly  or visit us at www.teaproudly.com and share it there so we can try it too!

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!

Spill it to Bigelow Tea: What Makes You #TeaProudly?

bigelow-tea-tea-proudly-mugBigelow Tea lovers, unite! We tea drinkers are a community of our own. That’s why we are all about sipping our #TeaProudly. Whether you love your tea most when sharing it with family and friends, relaxing with a steaming mug on the couch, or drinking it to start your day the healthier way, there’s no doubt – the ever-trendy cup of tea brings us together while reminding us of the past. So, sit down with a mug and chit-chat with us in our latest survey.  We’d love to know…

 

Beauty Secrets From Bigelow Tea!

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We love Bigelow Tea in our cup, but it’s also our secret to looking fabulous! Yes, really – tea is good for you in so many ways, both inside and out. It can do wonders for skin, hair and nails. In fact, hippie_mom even makes lip balm with green tea – talk about lip smacking! So rev up your beauty routine with some of these must-try tips!

Get gorgeous nails with green tea.
You probably already know that green tea is chock full of antioxidants; it’s good for your insides, but also outsides – it can make nails stronger! To help strengthen brittle, weak nails, soak fingers in green tea for about 10 to 15 minutes (also a good opportunity to enjoy a mug of the stuff with the hand that’s not soaking!). This remedy can also get rid of yellowing on nails as well.

Who needs mouthwash when you have tea?
All the sugary treats this time of year are risky for causing cavities. If you just can’t say no to the sweet stuff and there’s no mouthwash on hand, simply swish a mouthful of tea for clean teeth! One study found that the polyphenols, chemical components of tea, stop bacteria that are to blame for bad breath and cavities from growing. Now show off your smile!

Bag eye bags.
Too many holiday parties and late nights showing up on your face? Give tired, achy and puffy eyes a helping hand with tea – no expensive eye creams necessary. Just soak two tea bags in warm water and place them over closed eyes for about 20 minutes- the tannins in the tea help with puffiness. We’re not responsible if you fall asleep…!

Wash that grey right out of your hair.
Get rid of those pesky greys without a pricey trip to the salon or basking your head in chemicals. You can make your own natural dye using brewed tea and herbs (we swear, this is simple enough even for those of you who aren’t DIYers.) Try this recipe: Steep 3 tea bags in 1 cup boiling water. Add 1 tablespoon each of rosemary and sage (either fresh or dried) and let it stand overnight before straining. Then saturate wet hair with the concoction.  Blot hair and don’t rinse. Voila- naturally dyed-tresses, and no one will know it’s not all you!

Smelly feet be gone.
Between cramming feet into sheepskin boots and slippers and stuffing them in snow boots, your tootsies may not be getting enough air during the cold winter months, leading to foul feet. Try a daily tea bath to get rid of the stench- just soak feet in strong tea for 20 minutes daily. This is also a great excuse to sit back and relax!

See ya, zits!
Banish breakouts without unloading dollars at the drugstore. Keep a pimple from rearing its ugly head with this simple remedy. Place a warm teabag on the spot for several minutes. That’s it. Then go about your day with clear skin. The astringent qualities of tea will help shrink the breakout.

Bring on the blonde.
This trick for light hair colors may sound familiar to those of you who tried chamomile tea to lighten locks back in junior high (like we did!) Guess what? It actually works! Just steep chamomile tea for about 10 minutes, cool, then rinse hair with it and leave it on for about 15 minutes. Try it a few times before shampooing for extra lightness and brightness.

Spill it here- what are your tea-riffic beauty secrets that include tea?