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Make A Resolution To Drink More Tea!


Okay. Let’s talk about soda. Yeah, yeah, you may know it’s not good for you—but at the same time, it can be totally tough to resist. Come on, who doesn’t remember guzzling it down at the movies (those sugary-sweet chick flicks, though…) and the fizz! Ahh… there’s nothing quite like soda bubbles on a hot day, right?! But, listen, a single can often contains 10 teaspoons of sugar. Imagine digging into a sugar bowl a few times and it’s basically the same thing. For the sake of your teeth, your body and your brain, it’s time to kick the sugary habit to the curb. And what better way to escape the soda cycle so than by changing out that 20-ounce bottle for a cup of Bigelow Tea? Here’s why you should be drinking less soda, plus some tips on how to make the transition a little bit easier…

Are you so into soda? The more you drink (and that’s regular soda or diet), the worse it may be for your health. In fact, some research suggests that drinking sugary soda – and artificial sweeteners and additives – is strongly linked to weight gain, may cause insulin resistance, and may contribute to cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. In the words of celebrity no-nonsense fitness trainer and all-around rockstar Jillian Michaels, “Drinking soda is worse than smoking cigarettes.” Yikes!

But you still need to stay hydrated! This is soooo important. Let’s say you kick the soda habit. You still need to drink something! 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. Plus, sugary sodas tend to dehydrate you or send you into a sugar crash, so it’s best to make a change. 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 in the #TeaProudly community and beyond make it part of their healthy lifestyle—why not include a few cups to your day?

Chances are pretty good you can make the switch. In 2012, a Gallup poll found that 48% of Americans drink at least one glass of soda a day. That means there’s a 50-50 chance you’re a frequent soda drinker. No judgment! Check your watch. Is it soda o’clock? Not so fast. Try to exchange the go-to soft drink for a cup of tea or jazz up some water by adding fresh fruit. Love the bubbles? Switch to seltzer. Go ahead, you can do it!

Bottom line. Whether you’re avoiding a short-term crash or looking out for your long-term health, your body will thank you once you eliminate this common beverage habit. The good news is about 63% of people are now trying to avoid soda, according to a recent poll – just make sure you’re still hydrating!

Have you switched out soda for tea recently? Tag #TeaProudly and tell us how it’s going!

This is Why You Should Celebrate National Hot Tea Month With “Constant Comment” Tea

Ahhh……January. A time to recuperate from all that holiday cheer, snuggle up, and get warm and cozy with a nice hot cup of Bigelow Tea. Sounds lovely, doesn’t it? And guess what? January is extra special because it’s also National Hot Tea Month, which is a pretty big deal at family-owned Bigelow Tea!

Speaking of all things tea, let’s talk about classic “Constant Comment” and how it came to be. Inspired by an Early Colonial recipe, in 1945 Ruth Campbell Bigelow disappeared into her New York brownstone kitchen with the idea of creating a better cup of tea. After weeks of trial and error blending black tea with orange rind and sweet spices, she emerged with her first cup of specialty tea. Ruth gave the blend to friends who later told her the tea “was a source of constant comment.” Her tea found a name and the Bigelow Tea Company was born. Pretty neat, huh?!

Ruth knew she had created something special, so she took “Constant Comment” to sell in every store she could find. A shopkeeper told Ruth that he opened the container of tea so customers could get a whiff of its incredible aroma and it began flying off the shelves! Ruth took this idea one step further and set up a jar of “Constant Comment” in each case of tea, with the directions to “open and whiff.”  Shops across the country placed this little jar by their cash registers and sales grew! (Hooray!)

“Constant Comment” has stood the test of time and has been one of America’s most beloved specialty teas for over 70 years! Come to think of it, people are still “commenting” with #TeaProudly all over the web! (How’s that for staying power?!) To this day, the secret recipe of black tea, rind of oranges and sweet spice is still blended only by Bigelow Tea Co-Chairs Eunice and David Bigelow.

Whether you like the sweet spice of “Constant Comment” or prefer to sip one of Bigelow Tea’s other 150 flavors, there’s no denying tea is something special that warms the hearts of so many people all over the world. So grab a friend, your favorite mug, some Bigelow Tea and #TeaProudly during National Hot Tea Month! (Woo-hoo!)

Tanya Rad Is, Well, Pretty Darn Rad – And A Bigelow Tea Fan!

 

Music lover. Podcaster. Co-host. Tea drinker. Ladies and gents, if you don’t love her already, you most certainly will after you listen to her show(s)… it’s Tanya Rad! She’s witty, authentic and one rad lady. And, guess what? She’s also a Bigelow Tea drinker – and an awesome partner of ours.

Perhaps you’d recognize her best by her voice. Why? Well, the rad Ms. Rad is all the rage when it comes to the radio (and all things music!). As the co-host on Ryan Seacrest’s morning show, “On Air With Ryan” on 102.7 KIIS FM Los Angeles’ Hit Music radio station, she’s up bright and early (from 5 a.m. – 10 a.m.) to bring the people of Los Angeles and those tuned in worldwide one heck of a good time. And, if you love her there, you’ll be thrilled to hear that she hosts an awesome podcast called “Tea Time with Tanya,” where she interviews musicians like Astrid S (pictured with Tanya Rad). 

What can you expect to hear over Tanya’s teacups? Well, in a lot of ways, the same stuff you’d expect to hear when catching up with a good friend over a cup of Bigelow Tea. She talks about relationships – right and wrong – with Sabrina Carpenter. Tanya and Lauv discuss turning your mess into your message, because who doesn’t love a pep talk over tea? And she doles out advice to her younger self with Miley Cyrus. You won’t want to miss these episodes – or any others!

Even if it’s after 10 a.m. where you are, it’s a perfect time to raise a cup to Tanya and her multitasking, music-mastering, celebrity chatting style – and she knows #TeaProudly! Well-worthy of “Constant Comment” (obviously the tea, but also the attention!), this is one DJ you’ll want to tune into –chances are, she’ll be your cup of tea, too. Enjoy!

Let’s Do This! 2018 New Year, New You Stick-To-It Goals!

We all begin a new year with lots of earnest resolutions, but reality is, too often and too easily, they fizzle out by months end. We have a good feeling about 2018 though and know this is the year they’ll stick, this month and beyond!

Truth is, do-good, feel-good must-do’s should be daily goal.  It’s vital to put into action those things that nurture, sustain and improve us throughout the year.

The Bigelow family and the passionate tea drinkers in our #TeaProudly community know a thing or two about doing the right thing, mind body and soul wise.  Here are some ideas shared, discussed and now offered for inspiration on the road to a new year, new you, Bigelow style…

Tip #1 – Take Time to Tea – 

It’s too easy to get caught up in the rush of daily life and neglect the real need for R&R.  Why not plan a daily break with a soothing cup of Bigelow tea to relax, replenish and recharge for whatever comes next.

Tip #2 – Make That Connection – 

Keeping up with friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and the like takes effort. Make sure you do it though as these connections to your past, present and community are important and beneficial for both yourself and the people you touch.

Tip #3  – Shake it Up! – 

While the tried and true is comfortable, why not make 2018 the year to shake things up a bit!  Plan an exotic vaca, take a different route to work, sample a new cuisine, add new tea flavors to your routine… may we suggest good for you Jasmine Green Tea, the exotic Rooibos Hibiscus Tea or explore all these flavor options. A bit of different makes for a big impact.

Tip #4 – Giving Goals – 

Volunteering and contributing to a community is always necessary and can be achieved, no matter how busy we are.   Whether a business or an individual, every effort counts!

Tip #5 – Nix a Caffeine Fix – 

We all pine for a little morning or mid-afternoon pick me up, but resolve a little less reliance on the java for a health perk. Turn to black or Oolong teas for a boost without the jitters. According to the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada, tea is known to contain 66 percent less caffeine than coffee.

Tip #6 – Learning: 2018 – 

Learning is fundamental, and a key to continued success.  Why not take time often to keep motivated and driven in your career and life by committing to expanding your mind. Find time to learn while on the road, while exercising, waiting for an appointment, etc with books on tape, podcasts and articles on great business stories, like that of Bigelow Tea’s beginnings!

Tip #7 – Move it, Move it! – 

Exercise need not be intense to achieve mind and body results. Make moving and moving often a daily priority. Walk instead of drive, stand instead of sit, stretch instead lounge… every movement counts!

Tip #8 – Eat to Live, Don’t Live to Eat! –

Ditch the diet this new year and resolve to have a better relationship with food for Instagram ready results come Spring.  A cleaner, healthier diet, rich in fruits, vegetables and lean proteins is a year round strategy that yields the best outcome. Be diligent, but also plan to enjoy the occasional, special occasion treat, like these desserts made better with fresh, Bigelow tea flavors!

Share your tips and tag with #TeaProudly so we can all start the year right.  Cheers to 2018 and making it the best ever!!

Some Like It Hot – Hot Bigelow Tea During Hot Tea Month, That Is!

Brrr… it’s cold out there! All the more reason to cozy up inside – light a fire, cuddle up and drink some hot Bigelow Tea! And, hey! Look at that! It’s Hot Tea Month… an even better reason! If you’re wondering how best to celebrate this – ahem, *very* important month – sharing a cup of Bigelow Tea with your favorite people is a great way to start. National Hot Tea Month is a great excuse to sip more tea and enjoy it over good conversation. Or, if you’re not an avid tea drinker (and by avid, we mean many cups, every day), now’s the perfect time to begin a new, delicious habit – daily cups of tea! Annnd, if you needed one more reason to drink mugs and mugs of tea this January (and every other month of the year), we’ll do one better – we’ll give you five!

Five reasons why tea is awesome:

  1. It tastes fabulous. And we promise that every cup of Bigelow Tea you drink will be made with only the finest ingredients.
  2. Tea is the perfect conversation-starter. Ever say to someone, “Let me put the kettle on and let’s talk?” Sharing a cup of tea is a wonderful—and easy—way to get something off your chest, catch up or simply talk about your day.
  3. Tea is warm and cozy—it soothes souls, connects people, is relaxing, invites conversations and makes memories. In life, it doesn’t get much better than that.
  4. Tea is EVERYWHERE. In the U.S. alone, millions of us share a love for tea. Historically, while tea holds a special place in many cultures near and far, today we consider tea drinking a proud American tradition!
  5. Let’s get this party started! No longer the exclusive property of ladies in gloves and big hats, tea parties can be fun and even cool. Are you ready to get your tea party on?

The new year is here and it’s a perfect time to start some new tea-inspired traditions. It’ll warm you up, help calm you down, and a pot of tea is the best way to bring people together. And that’s something we can all use, instead of being focused on our phones and buried in blogs, right? Well, maybe there’s one exception there – you can always #TeaProudly right here! Cheers!

3 Engaging New Year’s Resolutions That Will Spice Up Your Life

So you’ve already tackled the same ol’ New Year’s resolutions like vowing to eat healthy and saving more of your heard-earned dough, but you still want to explore new challenges when the clock strikes midnight on December 31st……(Well, maybe the morning of January 2nd!) Changing your ways doesn’t have to be boring—these fun and fulfilling New Year’s resolutions will keep you on your toes and add some spice to your life!

Try a New Food or Drink Every Week

If there’s one New Year’s resolution that’s more “breakable” than all the others, it’s changing your diet. Rather than beating yourself up and cutting out foods you love, get adventurous and try something new to eat or drink every week. If you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle AND indulge in something new, check out this recipe for Tea Marinated Grilled Tofu, which incorporates the refreshing flavor of Bigelow Green Tea with Pomegranate and aromatic Earl Grey! Can you say healthy and yummy?

Learn Something New At Work

In today’s ever-changing world, it’s more important than ever to keep learning at work. Regardless of the field you’re in, staying up-to-date with evolving trends in your industry can not only keep you intellectually stimulated, but provide opportunities for career advancement as well. Professional development in the form of in-house training, workshops, seminars, and continuing education can help you learn valuable new skills that may give your career (and your self-esteem) a boost! (Yay, you!) Just remember to grab a mug of Bigelow Tea and take a break for self-care when you get super busy!

Give Back

Many resolutions are inwardly focused, but as you know, there’s a whole wide world of other humans out there. (Really, there is!) Little things mean a lot—take the time to do something nice for someone every day, even if it’s only saying hello or smiling at a stranger on the street. If you have bigger goals in mind for saving the world, get involved in an event like Bigelow Tea’s Annual Community Challenge! There are countless organizations all over the U.S. that hold 5k walks or runs to benefit many different types of charities. By giving back you not only help others, you may find that your own sense of well-being and accomplishment improves! (Hip-hip-hooray!)

Do you have any of your own creative New Year’s resolutions in mind? Tag #TeaProudly to share what motivates and inspires you!

From Our Family To Yours, Wishing You A Merry Christmas!

Fam Facts! Bigelow Tea Edition

This time of year is all about creating that warm, cozy, welcome feeling that comes from being with loved ones.  Whether family, friends, neighbors or co-workers, your “fam” is those people with whom you feel most comfortable and love spending time with whenever possible.

Bigelow Tea is a big fan of the fam… the company history and its very existence is rooted in traditions and relationships within the immediate family and beyond. For 70 years family owned Bigelow Tea has shared milestones and moments with everyone involved in the company and its success.

As the holiday season draws near and calendars fill with impending activities and must-do’s, scheduling family time is important and enjoyable.  For inspiration, take a rest, brew some Bigelow Tea and take this look into “fam-tastic” Bigelow family history…

  • The First Family of Tea – Ruth Campbell Bigelow created the first Bigelow tea recipe – the renowned “Constant Comment” of course – in 1945.  She proudly shared her new beverage with friends, family, neighbors and their “Constant Comment” about its deliciousness created a business.  Ruth’s husband, David E. Bigelow Sr., switched from a career in publishing to the tea biz to ensure the fledgling Bigelow Tea company started and stayed on good footing for the benefit of his family and that of its employees.
  • It Takes a Village, and a Farm! – As the decades passed, the “tea” torch and role of leader of the Bigelow tea family was passed to Ruth’s son, David Bigelow.  David, with the support and assistance of his wife Eunice, grew the company exponentially, bringing it to the mass market and creating the relationships and programs with the many growers, suppliers and tea industry leaders that continue to enhance the company today.  Today, Eunice and David are co-chairs of Bigelow Tea.
  • Modern (Tea) Family – Eunice and David’s daughter Cindi, now president and CEO, grew up in the tea business, with all the history and ethos of her grandparents and parents, but also with her own modern sensibility.  Cindi Bigelow continues to grow the company as well as focus on community and sustainability issues – a passion for her and the family. Under the leadership of Cindi, technology and social media has made an impact on Bigelow Tea and the way the company works and communicates with customers.

So now you know, the #TeaProudly community is truly a tea lovin family experience from the Bigelow family to yours, we are all in this together.

Small Acts Of Kindness With Bigelow Tea

It’s the holiday season! Grab your scarves, hug your loved ones, decorate, savor all things cozy (like a mug of Bigelow Tea!) and… be kind.

Each holiday season offers a wonderful reminder of all the reasons why we love to support those in need in our local community…this is our Mission…it’s how we define being good corporate citizens! Our goal always is to work together to make our communities the best that they can be, and it is always about doing the right thing as third generation CEO and president Cindi Bigelow has said many times. Take a cue from these amazing stories where Bigelow employees give back and give back again (pretty incredible!) …take a look:

 

Operation Gratitude

Cheryl Moccia crocheted 20 scarves for Operation Gratitude Scarves for Troops program, which sends handmade scarves and hats to troops all over the world. These “gifts from home” are just a small way we can say thank you from the States while troops are overseas. Thanks to Cheryl’s kind heart (and nimble fingers!), the scarves will be shipped to Operation Gratitude – along with a master carton of tea!

Operation Hope

The Bigelow Tea Marketing and Sales teams donated clothing and holiday gifts to be distributed locally in Fairfield by Operation Hope. The program is called Hope for the Holidays and Bigelow has sponsored many families over the past few years. It’s one time when re-gifting is totally okay with us.

CT Food Bank Thanksgiving Giving

Bigelow Tea is especially pleased to announce that a donation for $8,000, made possible by funds raised at the annual Bigelow Tea Community Challenge in September, was made to the Connecticut Food Bank. The donation will provide 16,000 meals to people in Connecticut who struggle to meet monthly living expenses, often at the expense of groceries. The Connecticut Food Bank feeds Connecticut’s hungry year ’round by supplying food and resources to member agencies throughout Fairfield County and the rest of the state, as well as through direct food distribution programs.

Upcycled Ornaments from Louisville Plant

Giving comes in a lot of forms, including giving back to the planet and giving to our future. In that spirit, Bigelow Tea employee Kim Medley from Bigelow Tea’s Louisville facility made a tree topper from recycled scrap from the Bigelow Tea plant! We love putting recyclable material to good re-use.

Holiday Fair – Sustainability/Community Relations

Bigelow Tea hosted local vendors to show their wares and welcome employees to shop for holiday gifts. The featured vendors had a variety of handmade goods, including AKA Collectibles, who makes ornaments out of wood; Backyard Beekeepers, who craft goods out of beeswax and honey; and the Pilot House Yes We Can program, which features handcrafted art made by adults with special needs. Even when you’re shopping, you can still be giving, right?!

Hopefully these ideas inspire everyone to help the local community during the holidays and throughout the year. Whether you’re sharing a cup of tea or providing much-needed support, every good deed makes a difference!! Here’s to giving, and cheers to everyone giving back! After all, this is one more reason to #TeaProudly!  Happy Holidays to all!

10 Reasons To Fall In Love With Bigelow Tea

The #TeaProudly community loves to swap tips and stories about tea because there are sooooo many different reasons to love it, right? Check out this list of why tea is awesome and Bigelow Tea in particular is special:

  1. Tea is a simple treat and easy to make. Grab a tea bag, boil some water and combine in a mug. Easy peasy!
  2. Bigelow Tea’s quality ingredients. Since 1945, family-owned and operated Bigelow Tea has sourced top-quality handpicked teas from high-elevation gardens and herbs from the world’s finest family farms.
  3. Tea brings people together. From founder Ruth Campbell Bigelow’s rich classic blend, “Constant Comment,” to 150 flavors, brewing a pot of tea to share with friends or family gives an opportunity to sit down, chat and enjoy some quality time together. So important!
  4. Drinking tea is a great way to unwind. Relaxing with a cup of Cozy Chamomile can help make the stress of the day melt away. Many non-herbal teas have calming properties too studies say—black and green tea contains an amino acid called L-theanine, which has been shown to promote relaxation and help reduce feelings of stress, anxiety and irritability.
  5. Tea can give you a boost without the jitters. According to the Tea and Herbal Association of Canada, tea is known to contain 66 percent less caffeine than coffee.
  6. A cup of I Love Lemon herbal tea is a fave for many singers who indulge in a warm cup of tea with honey before performing to get their vocal cords and throat in tip-top shape!
  7. Bigelow tea is serious about taking care of the global community through sustainability, supporting U.S. troops and a commitment to our employees’ health and happiness.
  8. 158 million Americans drink tea. That’s quite a large number so it must be something special!
  9. The caffeine and tannins in tea repel pests, so there is no need to use any pesticides, herbicides or fungicides, ever!
  10. All-natural Bigelow herbal tea blends like Cranberry Apple, for example, contain real pieces of fruit for maximum sweet- tart fruity flavor! Delish!

Want to share your stories about why you drink tea? Tag #TeaProudly to let the world know what tea means to you!