Posts Tagged 'antioxidants'

Sweetie Pie Strawberry Smoothie

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There’s something so decadent about a strawberry milkshake: creamy, fruity, and perfectly pink, it always feels like such a treat. On the other hand, normal milkshakes are loaded with refined sugar and dairy, rendering them, well, not very healthy! But here at Tealish, we pride ourselves on being inventive with flavours, so we meddled around with some of our favorite ingredients to come up with the best tea infused, vegan strawberry smoothie-shake, just in time for Valentine’s Day! The best part? It’s full of antioxidants!

The Goods:

Recipe makes 2 servings

5 teaspoons of Sweetie Pie Rooibos

1/4 cup boiling water

1 Tablespoon Rooibos Latte Mix

1/2 cup of frozen organic strawberries

1/2 cup of Almond milk (or milk of your choice)

1 cup vegan vanilla ice cream (we LOVE Luna and Larry’s Coconut Bliss in Vanilla Island)

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The Method:

1. Steep 5 teaspoons of Sweetie Pie Rooibos in 1.4 cup boiling water for 5 minutes. Let the water cool.

2. Once cooled, add the steeped tea and all other ingredients into a blender or milkshake maker. Blend until smooth.

3. Pour, add some romantic straws and/or garnishes and enjoy!

Matcha Salad Dressing

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Happy 2013 tea lovers! Here at Tealish, we’re all getting into gear for a super healthy new year, and that means consuming as much tea as possible! With our new healthy resolutions in mind, we’ve come up with an antioxidant-packed matcha salad dressing recipe perfect for your next lunch, breakfast, dinner… you get the idea. This simple mixture combines the vitamins and minerals found in lemons and honey with the super powers of matcha green tea; matcha is known to support strong immunity, boost metabolism, raise energy and increase mental alertness! So why not take your healthy green salad up a notch with this delicious green dressing? You could even use it to make your weekly round of jar salads  to take with you to work!

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The Goods

Recipe inspired by Teaspoons and Petals

1 tsp of Tealish’s organic matcha

1  tablespoon hot water

1 tsp Leitch’s organic Ontario liquid honey

1 tsp Himalayan pink salt

1 tsp grapeseed oil

Lemon juice from half a lemon

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The Method

1. Whisk matcha and hot water together in a small bowl. If you don’t have a matcha whisk, try a small metal whisk, milk frother or fork.

2. Stir in the honey until it melts. If you like a sweeter dressing, add a bit extra.

3. Add oil, salt, and lemon juice, stir and store for up to a week in the fridge.

*Enjoy with any salad you like: We love it on baby spinach with cherry tomatoes and cashews!

2 Simple, Summer Matcha Recipes We Can’t Live Without!

We won’t lie, we’re picnic-ers. While many of our fellow urbanites may roll their eyes at that sentence, consider this: There is no better way to “escape” city living for just one day. It’s an easy and inexpensive way to do something fun! Just  pack up a blanket, a book and some goodies to eat and drink, then head out to a local park.

One of our favourite picnic flavours is matcha. The powdered green tea is incredibly useful for so much more than just making hot tea – as you’ll find below, with our favourite matcha treats. If you still aren’t on the picnic wagon, you can always come in to the Tealish Tea Cafe and we’ll make one of our famous matcha drinks for you!

So, why do we love these treats? Easy, they’re simple recipes that require very few ingredients. Also, the end results are more delicious, nutritious and cost effective than anything you’ll buy at the grocery store. Try to prove us wrong!  Bonus points go out to these recipes in particular because they’re energizing and preservative-free.

Easiest-Ever Matcha Ice Cream

1 cup cream

1 can preservative-free condensed milk. We like Eagle Brand.

1 tsp pure vanilla extract

1 tsp Tealish Matcha Organic

1 tbsp hot water

Whisk the matcha powder into hot water using a matcha whisk. Put the matcha mixture, cream, condensed milk and vanilla extract into a blender or whisk by hand. Freeze mixture in a loaf pan. Once frozen, scoop mixture into a bowl for the final hand blend. Then, enjoy your delicious ice cream! You can also re-freeze after the final step (but ours never lives to see the freezer again). If you’re lactose intolerant, play around with these measurements using coconut milk! Adding coconut shavings will beef up your mixture and add great texture. Yum!

Matcha Lemonade

8 ounces hot water

1 tsp Tealish Matcha Organic

1/4 lemon, sliced for squeezing

1 glass filled with ice

Sweetener (optional)

Mint and/or lemon to garnish

Whisk the matcha powder into hot water. Squeeze the lemons into the mixture, tossing in one or two of the slices as garnish. Sweeten to taste. Pour over ice and sip! Good, right?

Summer Tea Cocktails!

Every group has one: the summer party host! This generous friend offers up their backyard/cottage/patio throughout the warm summer months, but faces a great challenge. What do you serve to the friends who’ve tried all of your signature punches and cocktails a dozen times over?

Create something new by adjusting classic recipes!

Create something new by adjusting classic recipes!

Tea cocktails are making a BIG splash on this summer’s drink list. This is nothing new – in fact, tea has been used in punches since the 16th century – but the options are now endless as tea aficionados and mixologists alike roll out recipes for summer tea-infused deliciousness!

We’ve tried and tested our own blends against this trend! Let us say, these recipes are sure to stay in our repertoire for years to come as they are OUTRAGEOUSLY YUMMY.

Toronto Island Iced Tea

1/2 oz. triple sec

1/2 oz. vodka

1/2 oz. gin

1/2 oz. tequila

1 oz. sour mix (2 parts lemon juice, 1 part sugar, 1 part water)

4 oz. Citrus Grove

Prepare the citrus grove as described in our recent post.  Mix all liquids together over ice. Shake or stir. Add lemon slice to garnish!

Moroccan Mint Julep

2 oz. Moroccan Mint tea

1 oz. bourbon

1 oz.  soda

Oranges, cherries and mint sprigs

Mix tea, bourbon, fruit and mint, making sure to mash up the cherries and mint sprigs a little bit. Pour over ice and top with soda!

Pink Dragonfruit Vodka Mar-tea-ni

1 oz. Pink Dragonfruit infused vodka or gin (Let 1tsp of tea soak in 100ml of vodka for 4-8 hours)

1/2 oz. triple sec

2 oz.  Pink Dragonfruit, chilled

Mix all liquids and pour into martini glass. Garnish with citrus fruits.

Pina Colada Punchbowl

2 parts Pina Colada tea, chilled

1 part coconut water

1 part pineapple juice

1 part rum

Mix all liquids together in punch bowl, add ice and slices of pineapple to garnish.

Rooibos to the Rescue: Allergy Edition

If you’ve ever been to the Tealish Tea Boutique, you know that we LOVE rooibos! It’s caffeine-free, tastes great and – with an ever expanding collection of studies pointing toward its VERY positive health benefits – we feel that drinking rooibos should become a daily ritual for just about anyone.

A recent study on the antioxidant capacity of rooibos proved that this tea is packed full, containing levels that we thought only green tea could offer. So many of our customers ask us about the many healing powers of rooibos that we’ve decided to take a more in-depth look at its health benefits, including its use as a digestive aid, powerful hydrator and so much more…

This is the first installment in a series we call Rooibos To The Rescue.

Drinking rooibos tea can help allergy sufferers.

Drinking rooibos tea can help allergy sufferers.

Rooibos is a must-have for illness prevention in every season and spring time is no exception! With a score of anti-inflammatory properties that have the ability to reduce our body’s histamine release and allergy response, no allergy sufferer should be without rooibos this spring.

Not only does rooibos heal from the inside out, preventing swelling and itching, but it can also be applied to the skin for instant relief. Itchy eyes can be soothed instantly with a cool, moist bag of rooibos. Put a small amount of rooibos in a paper, cotton, or silk tea filter, dip it in water and you’ve got a fool-proof solution to skin and eye irritation.  This is especially helpful for those of us suffering from hay fever!

Spring brings the good and the bad. With fresh flowers and grass popping up everywhere, prepare yourself by drinking a few cups of rooibos each day. And keep a look-out for our next installment on the wonder-tea that is Rooibos!

Fight cold + flu season by drinking tea.

With so many people concerned about the cold & flu season this year, we thought it would be a good time to share some info on how drinking tea can be a great help getting through the winter season. It is very common for people to ask about the health benefits of tea, and while we never suggest that tea can cure anything, we do want to keep you informed on some of the studies relating to health benefits of drinking tea.

Studies show that drinking tea may be beneficial for preventing colds and flu for several reasons. Different kinds of tea have different associated health benefits.  What follows below highlights some positive aspects of green tea, black tea and white tea.

For this post we will focus on three tea health benefits, specifically :

– Tea’s stimulating action on the immune system.

– Tea’s potent antiviral effect.

– Tea’s potent antibacterial effect.

Tea + a healthy immune system

Studies suggest that drinking green tea stimulates the immune system to work harder and better against fighiting foreign matter. This effect is due to a very special antioxidant polyphenol called epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG). There are very high levels of EGCG in green tea – these antioxidants encourage the production of white blood cells which the immune system produces to fight infection and foreign materials.

Additionally, EGCG encourages the increased reproduction of the immune systems B-cells, which is important because just a single B-cell produces thousands and thousands of antibodies, each programmed to attack specific invaders.

Overall, the data suggests that drinking tea can “rev-up” you immune system and perhaps help you fend off some of the nasty stuff that drops in to say hello over the winter.

Tea + Viruses

The same antioxidant polyphenols that boost your immune system are also potent antiviral agents. The catechins in green tea (and their black tea counterparts called theaflavins) inhibit virus reproduction by preventing the attachment of the virus to your cells. If a virus can not successfully “hijack” your cells then chances are you will not develop the nasty cold or flu that the virus can bring.

Overall, the data suggests that drinking both green tea or black tea may be a good way to prevent the spread of a virus such as influenza. Recent studies in South Korea suggest that these antioxidant polyphenols are effective against specific strains of the influenza virus, including H1N1.

Tea + Bacteria

As if the antiviral aspect wasn’t good enough, studies also suggest that green tea and white tea are powerful enemies of bad bacteria in your body. Studies suggest that the combination of EGCG and another polyphenol antioxidant called epigallocatechin (EGC – the same antioxidant found in pomegranate) are a potent tag team which can have devastating effects on the growth of bacteria. Additionally, drinking green tea increases the levels of good intestinal bacteria like acidophilus!

Disclaimer: While we never try to offer medical advice on the benefits of tea, we just so happen to think it’s a great benefit that our favorite beverage just happens to have an ever growing body of positive health findings. We are always asked how tea benefits health, how healthy is green tea, is green tea healthier than white tea….we want to fulfill your desire for information on tea health benefits and will do so in this blog as well as on our twitter and facebook pages. Please follow us on twitter and become a fan on facebook for a steady stream of information on the health benefits of drinking tea.

We will never tell you that tea is the cure for anything, but what we will do is keep you updated on all of the latest findings and studies relating to the topic of tea and health.

Check out our great selection of teas and order online at www.tealish.com


ABOUT TEALISH

Tealish is a modern tea boutique located in downtown Toronto, Canada. This blog is meant to be a peek in to what Tealish is up to as well as a source of information about loose leaf tea and all things tea related. We hope you enjoy these posts and we hope you enjoy our teas – check us out online at www.tealish.com

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