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These Are Some Of The Ways Tea Is Terrific For Your Mind and Body!

 

Did you ever notice how it’s nearly impossible to be stressed and have tea at the same time? Crazy how this simple drink is seriously the perfect pick-me-up for whatever and whenever you need it. Think about it, when was the last time drinking tea made you feel worse for the wear? Totally the opposite, right?

Maybe it has something to do with those little things called flavonoids?

First, what on Earth is a “flavonoid” and why should you care? Well, turns out everyone’s favorite plant, the Camellia Sinensis (where tea leaves come from), contains these lil’ beauties. They are none other than dietary compounds naturally found in plants and are released when the tea leaves come in contact with boiling water according to the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada.

In fact, they say tea releases about 300 mg of flavonoids per 250 ml serving, compared to fruit juice, which only has up to 50 mg per serving. (So you may want to skip the OJ in the morning and go straight for the tea!) Flavonoids, research tells us, are known to have some amazing benefits for the body, thanks to their antioxidant content.  Pretty interesting, right? Here are just some of the cool things tea can do for you:

Tea may do a body good.

Scientists in Australia found that regularly drinking 3 cups of black tea a day may help lower blood pressure, according to Tea and Herbal Association of Canada. Either way, multiple cups of tea daily is surely a tasty way to get through your busy day – hey, no reason not to enjoy a mug morning, noon, and night, right?

Tea helps you take a chill when counting calories.

Tea is totally calorie-free, so you can sit back and relax and not have to worry about calorie counting as you enjoy cup after cup…after cup! Tea is terrific way to stay hydrated while treating yourself!

You’ll have less caffeine, and fewer jitters.

You can still feel a buzz without getting into that crazy caffeinated state that coffee can cause. After all, tea is known to contain 66 percent less caffeine than coffee, according to the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada, while still providing that energy boosting feeling that you’re craving.

So the final lesson to be learned here? Turn to tea for a super duper bundle of goodness!

What’s your favorite part about drinking tea? Tell us and tag #TeaProudly.

Get A Ticket To The Hydration Station With Bigelow Tea!

As the mercury rises this month, you’re gonna want to stay hydrated! This is soooo important – not only when it’s hot outside, but all the time! And what better way to stay refreshed and hydrated than with some iced Bigelow Tea?! Yup, everyone agrees. But, why exactly is it so important to drink up?

Take a look:

Why hydrate?

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.

And why summer?

During the summer months, your body requires more replacement fluids and cooling methods than at other times throughout the year.

What are you waiting for?

Time to drink up! Try a nice tall glass of iced tea. Just note that decaffeinated tea will be more hydrating that caffeinated. Of course, Bigelow offers plenty of herbal teas to choose from. And there are loads of awesome iced tea combos to get you going – don’t stop ‘til you get enough! Perfect Peach and Pomegranate Pizzazz is a fan favorite, and so are Pomegranate Blueberry Iced Tea, and Cranberry Hibiscus and Orange & Spice® Iced Tea.

Don’t forget to make it fun!

Add an extra layer of fabulous (and fun!) with a twist – literally! Once you make your tea, try adding fruit and herbs, like lemon, berries and mint.

Anything else?

Other great selections are water or sparkling water, milk, and sugar-free beverages in moderation. Smoothies are also a great alternative! Like a Blueberry Green Tea Protein SmoothiePerfectly Peachy Pineapple Smoothie, or Bigelow® Herbal Tea Smoothie. Mmmm…. Enjoy!

If you come up with a super cool way to hydrate this summer (Iced tea combo! Infusion ideas! Smoothie recipes!), tag #TeaProudly and let us know!

All The Tips For Making Iced Tea Perfect Every Time

Summer’s in the air, tea lovers, and you know what that means… countless glasses of iced tea! Don’t worry, though, Bigelow Tea has everything you need for some cool sipping. Whether you love fruity flavors like Pomegranate Pizzazz®, Red Raspberry™ or Perfect Peach®, or crave the delicious combo of tea and lemonade, get ready to be refreshed. BTW- you may be a pro at making a hot cup of tea on a cold day, but creating iced tea perfection has its own set of in-the-know tips. President and CEO Cindi Bigelow will help you out, though. Check ‘em out:

All ya gotta do is try. 

Try pairing different teabags together to give your iced tea a tasty twist that’s all your own. Bigelow Tea has more than 150 flavors to choose from, including a bunch of specialty iced teas to get you started. Remember, it’s certainly not against the rules if you choose to ice your favorite hot tea, yum!

Big spoon or little spoon? 

Once you decide on a flavor and the water is boiling, have a glass ready. Then, put a spoon in it before pouring in the hot water. The spoon will capture incoming heat and prevent your glass from breaking- who knew! Don’t forget to leave some room for the ice!

Steep, baby, steep.

If you’re making just a glass for yourself, give two teabags a couple of minutes to steep, but for a quart (like if you’re pouring for a party) make sure to steep between 6 to 10 minutes. Feel free to play around with time lengths to find your perfect brew. Once the tea has steeped, add those ice cubes (be generous).

Sweeten the deal. 

Besides sugar, think out of the box and try agave or honey. Spruce your iced tea up further with a slice of lemon or a sprig of mint.

What is your favorite Bigelow Tea to enjoy over ice? Tag #TeaProudly and share!

As If You Need More Reasons To LOVE Tea! 

Okay, so maybe history wasn’t your favorite subject in school, but when it comes to tea—and its thousands of years of history—there are a lot of facts, figures, science and an art that surround this humble yet fabulous drink. Yup, tons! Add that to Bigelow Tea’s more than seven decades of experience and passion for each ingredient in every cup, and you’ve got one heck of a beverage. But, do you know what really goes on when it comes to a bag of tea? If not, that’s okay, but there’s some pretty cool stuff. Here are a few tidbits for you to understand just exactly what’s in that cup of yours and why it’s just so darn amazing.

Relax, relax!

Studies say theanine (also called L-theanine) can stimulate the immune system as well as the mind, leaving the body with benefits similar to yoga. Om-mazing, right?! Theanine actually binds with the caffeine in tea, which is what makes the tea-drinking experience so different from the jolt you get from coffee.

It’s all in the leaves, friends.
Theanine is a component of the camellia sinensis plant, so it’s found in green teablack tea or oolong tea. While herbal teas, such as chamomile, don’t contain leaves from the camellia sinensis plant, these teas can also be very relaxing because of the herbs used.

Tannins, oh tannins.

It’s not necessarily the caffeine that some people are sensitive to in tea—it might be the tannins. This natural component of tea that gives it its color may not agree with some people when the tea is consumed on an empty stomach. A high amount of tannin can taste astringent, and in general, a high-quality tea will be lower in tannins, providing a better flavor.

Never the same.

Sourcing is super important when it comes to making quality tea. Bigelow Tea sources many ingredients from family farms that have not only known the Bigelow family for decades but also provide high quality ingredients like the mint and the lemon used in a variety of Bigelow tea flavors.

Have any good facts or neat stories about tea? Tag them with #TeaProudly to share with our community of tea lovers and research junkies. Tea lovers, unite!

This Is Why People Love Bigelow Tea’s Raspberry Flavors

Amour, amore, amor, uh… more, please! At least when it comes to Bigelow Tea’s raspberry flavors! Have you tried them yet? If not, you’re gonna want to get on that. A cup of Red Raspberry™ Herbal Tea is out of this world. You can also choose from other flavors like, Raspberry Royale®Red Raspberry™ Herbal Iced TeaNovus Wild Encounter Herbal Tea and Charleston Tea Plantation Rockville Raspberry® Tea. Mmm… delish!

So, how much do you know about raspberries? Well, for starters, raspberries have grown wild and free around the world for centuries. The raspberry plant was believed to be a native to Turkey, and was even thought to have been gathered by the people inhabiting Troy in the first century B.C. Today, there are more than 200 species of the berry, and they come in all sorts of colors. And, hey, fun fact, according to the Telegraph, in the late 1950s, raspberries were brought down from Scotland to London on a steam train known as the Raspberry Special.

Curious what to do with all the ripe raspberries in your kitchen? Easy enough. A bowl of Sparkling Raspberry Ginger Splash is sure to wow guests at your next barbecue. Looking to make life a little sweeter this season? Hello, raspberry sorbet and Double Raspberry Tea-sicles. Or, simply enjoy a tall glass of Red Raspberry over ice (try it with a handful of fresh raspberries!), or a warm mug of it for a relaxing evening in.

Go ahead and find the joy of summer in Bigelow’s raspberry flavors—and continue to feel that sunshiny vibe all year ‘round! While you’re at it, tag #TeaProudly on social media and tell us how you’ll be enjoying the sweet, ‘lil fruit!

Beat The Heat: 5 Ways To Stay Hydrated With Tea This Season!

Sunshine on your mind? Keep it there, for sure, but consider adding another mantra to your day: “Must keep hydrated, must keep hydrated!” And for that, Bigelow Tea has some great tips on keeping cool (temperature-wise, of course… you’re pretty awesome already).

First, though, do you know why it’s important to stay hydrated, especially when it’s hot outside? Well, you see, our bodies are about 60% of water by weight, and proper hydration is essential for our overall health. Water helps regulate body temperature, optimizes our blood pressure, and keeps our joints lubricated, among other bodily functions. Because your body loses water through breathing, sweating, and digestion, it’s important to rehydrate by drinking plenty of liquids and eating foods that contain water, such as fruit and vegetables. As summer temperatures increase – along with lots of outdoor activities – our bodies work really hard to stay cool. And with all that water loss, that’s why it’s so darn important to hydrate. Don’t worry, though, Bigelow Tea keeps it easy for you! Here are 5 of our favorite ways to keep that water flowin’ (and that body in tip-top condition):

  1. It’s such a good hydration… it’s such a sweet sensation! Because, sometimes, it’s just more fun to eat a freeze pop. Turn this summer fave into a tool to refuel and rehydrate. Looking for a few recipes? How about Iced Tea & Lemonade Ice PopsEndless “Pop”sibilities (Popsicles)Green Tea and Coconut Popsicles or Pomegranate Pizzazz Iced Tea Popsicles? Yum!
  2. Give me iced tea…please! Chill out and rehydrate after a long day by sipping on an herbal iced tea. Here’s a great video with President and CEO Cindi Bigelow on how to make the perfect glass!
  3. Oh, wait, soup in the summer? Yes. Summer soups are totally a thing. From gazpacho to summer corn chowder, soup can be a hearty way to get those liquids in! Other favorites include Slow Cooker Ramen or Green Tea Ramen Soup, or Seared Scallops in Lemon Broth.
  4. Fruits and veggies, oh my! Thankfully, there are loads of delicious fruits and vegetables that supply an ample amount of water. And, even better? Many of them are in season, like watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, raspberries, oranges, spinach, cucumbers, lettuce, celery and green peppers. Eat them on the go or add them to your go-to dishes! And, hey, you can never go wrong with a recipe that includes several of them, like a Spinach Salad Spectacular with Raspberry Vinaigrette!
  5. Ice, ice, maybe? The next time you make iced tea, try freezing some in an ice cube tray. Then use the ice tea cubes in place of regular ice cubes to keep iced tea cool, fresh and flavorful! Yup, it’s that easy!

However you hydrate, share your tips with your fellow tea enthusiasts. It’s a great chance to #TeaProudly – plus, staying well and playing safe in the summer heat is super important, no matter how you do it!

What Is Your Fave Summer Beverage…Iced Tea Right?!

I scream, you scream, we all scream for iced tea!  June is Iced Tea Month, so there’s no better time to sit back, relax and enjoy a quintessential refreshing tall glass of the iced stuff.

So, do you know just how popular iced tea actually is?  Believe it or not, around 80 percent of the tea Americans drink is iced, according to the Tea Association of the USA.

Maybe it’s because iced tea is super versatile? Want proof? Check out president and CEO Cindi Bigelow’s fun ideas for pairing different teas. This video will inspire you to create your own custom iced tea creation that’s one of a kind- just like you!

Iced tea is also amazing in cocktails, just more proof of how much you can do with it.

How about treating yourself to a Long Island Iced Tea Lemonade after a long week?

BTW, iced tea has its own little list of secret tips to make it just right! You’ll want to be just as particular about prep time as if you were making a hot mug. For example, if you’re making a glass, give two teabags a couple of minutes to steep, but for a quart you’ll want to steep somewhere between 6 to 10 minutes. But always feel free to play around to find your favorite brew- that’s part of the fun!

Don’t forget there are also plenty of tasty iced tea options that are all ready for you if you prefer to stick with a tried and true, yet still amazingly delicious flavor. Either way, iced tea is a no brainer way to get refreshed this month and all summer long…well all year actually!

What’s your fave iced tea flavor or drink that features iced tea? Share with us (don’t forget to tag #TeaProudly!).

Four Tips For Making the Most Refreshing Iced Tea Ever…Thirsty Yet?

Hooray, it’s iced tea weather and Iced Tea Month! And that means it’s time for your usual steaming mug of goodness to chill— literally. Bigelow Tea has everything you need for some cool sipping all summer long. Whether you love fruity flavors like Pomegranate Pizzazz®, Red Raspberry™ or Perfect Peach®, or crave the delicious combo of tea and lemonade, get ready to be refreshed.

BTW- you may be a pro at making a hot cup of tea on a cold day, but creating iced tea perfection has its own set of in-the-know tips. Check these out:

Get experimental. 

Try pairing different teabags together to give your iced tea a tasty twist that’s all your own. Bigelow Tea has over 130 flavors to choose from, including a bunch of specialty iced teas to get you started. Remember, it’s certainly not against the rules if you choose to ice your favorite hot tea, yum!

Grab a spoon. 

In this awesome video, third generation president and CEO Cindi Bigelow recommended putting a spoon in your glass before pouring in the hot water. The spoon will capture incoming heat and prevent your glass from breaking- who knew!

Keep an eye on the clock.

If you’re making just a glass for yourself, give two teabags a couple of minutes to steep, but for a quart (like if you’re pouring for a party) make sure to steep between 6 to 10 minutes. Feel free to play around with time lengths to find your perfect brew.

Sweeten the deal. 

Besides sugar, think out of the box and try agave or honey. Spruce your iced tea up further with a slice of lemon or a sprig of mint.

What is your favorite Bigelow Tea to enjoy iced? We want to know! Tag #TeaProudly.

This Is Why You Should Double Your Delicious With Iced Bigelow Tea Flavor Combinations

Life needs more iced tea especially during June (Iced Tea Month!!). And what would be better than TWO of your favorite Bigelow Tea flavors COMBINED in a glass over ice??? Yes, it’s totally a real thing, and Bigelow Tea has several combos that will absolutely. blow. your. mind. But before you even think about different flavor combinations, how much do you know about the history of iced tea?

Richard Blechynden has often been attributed with making the first iced tea at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904. As sales for his hot tea dropped and summer temperatures rose, he purportedly poured tea over ice to entice fairgoers. Some dedicated research tells another story, though, with iced tea’s roots reaching as far back as 1879, when Marion Cabell Tyree created a recipe for green tea over ice, which was published in a community cookbook called Housekeeping in Old Virginia. Later, in 1884, another recipe for iced black tea surfaced from the Boston Cooking School. These days, while iced tea is still extremely popular during summer, the classic drink is enjoyed year ‘round.

Looking for the perfect combos? No worries – these are a few faves!

Before you go off to treat yourself, have you double-checked your iced tea-making skills? A glass of fresh iced tea is surprisingly pretty easy – and quick – to make. President and CEO Cindi Bigelow has the scoop in this video. All you’ve gotta do are 6 little steps.

  1. Boil. Boil some water as you would for any cup of tea.
  2. Add a spoon (you heard us). As the water prepares, have a glass ready. And be sure to place a metal spoon into the glass, which helps absorb the heat from the hot water.
  3. Go crazy. Choose your favorite Bigelow flavors, unwrap each individual pouch (made to preserve freshness!) and place 1-2 bags into the glass.
  4. Pour and steep. Pour the water over the bags – leave some room for ice – and let them steep for a bit longer than the box recommends for hot tea. Don’t squeeze the tea bags!
  5. Add ice. Be generous!
  6. ENJOY. It’s like a little vacation in the middle of your day.

See? Super quick. And delicious. Now, you go try and tag your masterpiece with #TeaProudly. Go on, give it a whirl – you’ve got this. And you’ll have the perfect treat to chill with when you’re done!

4 Tips For Throwing An Unforgettable Tea Party (With A Little Bigelow Tea Added Of Course!)

Why not throw a tea party for your next event planning adventure…think about a baby or bridal shower, birthdays, a girls’ get together or a unique graduation party (tis the season after all)!  Of course, you really need no excuse for drinking Bigelow Tea with friends and family, but hey, if you’re thinking of planning the tea party of the century, these tips will help you make the day totally rock, whether you’re new to the tea party scene or you have done this a million times (and if you have please do share tips with all of us!).  Check out these tea party tips for the #TeaProudly crowd:

  1. Will the tea party be hoity-toity or totally chill?

First things first; decide what kind of party you want to have. Is the event going to be a fancy Brit-like high tea? Or are you thinking something more casual like a brunch or snack-filled afternoon tea? You can even have a glamorous tea party like a celebrity would!

  1. Make a list of party essentials, and check it twice.

Once you’ve decided on the type of event you’re having, you’ll need tea (we’ll get to that!)  of course, but this checklist should cover all the other must-haves that you don’t want to forget:

  • Teapots for each type of tea you serve
  • Plenty of cups and saucers
  • All the tea accouterments like milk, lemon slices, honey, and sugar
  • Decorative plates, forks and teaspoons
  • Table décor, including a cool centerpiece and cool tablecloths! There are endless centerpiece ideas, as well as tea party ideas, on Pinterest.
  1. Cook up some recipes that feature tea!

A casual tea party calls for tasty and easy eats, such as big helpings of Fabulous Melon and Blueberry Fruit Salad, which features Bigelow Wild Blueberry With Acai herbal tea for a fruity twist!  And guests will go nuts for I Love Lemon® Quick Bread, it’s so simple yet so good!  If you’re thinking of doing something a bit more formal menu wise, hors d’oeuvres are a must. I Love Lemon® Asparagus Wrapped in Smoked Salmon is a classy choice, as are Miniature Vegetable Quiches that feature Bigelow Green Tea in them- yummy!

  1. Offer up teas for every taste!

Last but certainly not least, you’ll need the right teas for the party! Think about offering a wide range of flavors, from light and fruity to bold and spicy, to keep guests going back for more! These crowd-pleasing varieties are must-haves: English TeatimeLemon LiftGreen TeaPlantation Mint, and the one and only Constant Comment®.

Now you’re ready to party! Go forth and #TeaProudly!