I will admit I am a coffee drinker. Smack my arm and inject the java and I’m good to go. Problem is, as someone who is constantly on the go and who tends to lean to iron deficiency, I can’t have it daily. So, my resolve: I’ve switched to tea. But here’s the thing, there has been this new wave of tea companies on the market that boast creamcsicle flavours and sprinkles in their concoctions. I label these as “designer teas”. But the question remains:
Are they really healthy for you?
I will admit I was slightly apprehensive – another new tea company had hit the market. And unlike other tea shops that grace the city with walls of tea sniffing samples, teAlchemy would only be available online only.
Walking into the fancy One Restaurant, I sniffed and sipped on their yerba mate, a variety of green teas and Yin Ming Yunnan black tea. Textures, flavours rolled in my mouth and were paired with rooibos scones and apples dipped in rooibos syrup.
After a private screening about the company, I was given a tea called Velvet Touch.[Enter skeptism]
This blend of Pue’rh tea and chocolate made me wonder, so what artificial chocolate chips or sprinkles have been used? However all that was used was a blend of Pue’rh and cacao nib and I will tell you that I fell madly in love. I had finally found a tea company that I would happily sip.
So what do you look for when shopping for a clean, healthy tea?
No sprinkles, artificial flavours or things like cinnamon hearts. Just like food, labels should be simple, contain real ingredients and have no hidden agenda. So the next time you walk into another tea boutique, ask questions.
In the meantime, I thought I’d leave you with a little recipe since I was a little amazed that teAlchemy sells a rooibos powder.
Rooibos Cashew Whip with Berries
½ cup cashews
1/8 tsp rooibos powder
Water as needed
Maple syrup to sweeten
Pinch sea salt
Grind cashews in your Vitamix until powder fine. With the motor running, slowly add in water, scraping down the sides and until thick. Add in rooibos powder, maple syrup and sea salt. Blend some more and add more water as needed. Use as a dairy-free topping for berries.
This little piece of heaven will give a little hit of magnesium (a natural muscle relaxant), plus a punch of antioxidants to your whip. Plus since it’s dairy-free, you’ll avoid any potential allergenic reactions and your waistline will thank you. So, indulge and enjoy.
In the meantime, I want to hear from you:
What’s your favourite tea and what are your thoughts on designer teas that have hit the market? Are you skeptical?
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