Tea – is there a difference, between the “breakfast blend” and an “afternoon blend?”

THE BREAKFAST BLEND OF TEA:

The relative strength of the tea is the determining factor for the resulting blend.

Tea cup
Cup of Tea

Breakfast blends tend to be much stronger with deeper darker warmth and inviting tones.  The breakfast blends tend to be more aromatic and inviting.  And of course the more aromatic in the mornings the better.  In addition, this blend provides that jolt of caffeine we sometimes look for in the mornings.

 

These are usually a blend of Assam and Ceylon teas.   If you like milk, and\or sugar in your tea, these go well with milk and sugar.   Tea tends to taste good and smooth alone with no sweetener.   Or if you decide to add a sweetener honey is usually the best choice.  If you like a little cream or milk, it’s nice that way too.  I like just a little honey.  But I do drink it with a little cream and honey sometimes too.

 

THE AFTERNOON BLEND OF TEA:

On the other hand the afternoon blends tend to be lighter and are usually a blend of Ceylon and Darjeeling, (mm Darjeeling, it has a special touch).  The delicate flavor of this blend is a perfect accompaniment to delicate finger sandwiches, scones or lightly flavored cookies!  Enjoy your adventure with both of these.  Remember if you are sensitive to caffeine, decaf tea is an option and it tastes just as good. 

Pot of tea
Tea and tea pot

HOW I LIKE MY CUP OF TEA:

I start each morning with a cup of tea.  It’s just so nice and doesn’t leave me nervous as coffee sometimes does.   I simply take one of my favorite go to, sometimes its the Earl Grey with Bergamot.  One of the benefits of a  cup of tea is that its easy to control the strength of a nice cup prepared just for you.  I’ve learned just how strong I like tea.  And that affects the caffeine level suited just for me.  I’ll bring a fresh pot of water just to a boil.  Then carefully pour it directly into my favorite cup, with the tea bag already waiting there or a teaspoon of tea leaves (preferred.)  The tea bag is great for the morning rush I sometimes get into.  (A good quality tea bag works just fine. When not rushed definitely the fresh tea leaves are best.)  And then I  add a teaspoon of honey.  That for me is just perfect.  If you are not a tea drinker you might be surprised at what a difference a nice hot cup of tea can make. It can  ease you into the start of a brand new day.

A FEW FACTS ABOUT TEA:

  • There are over 3000 varieties of tea grown worldwide, they all come from the same type of plant called Camellia sinensis, an evergreen shrub native to East and South Asia.
  • Tea has been consumed for thousand of years in Asia.
  • Tea has long been associated with many health benefits.
  • Green Tea is minimally processed, the leaves are steamed rolled and dried.
  • Black Tea is withered rolled or crushed and then fermented before being dried this makes it black and  stronger in taste.
  • Oolong tea is partly fermented.

 

White tea buds
Tea buds
  • White tea is harvested in early spring; the young leaves and silvery white buds are just steamed and dried.
  • Tea averages about 40 milligrams of caffeine per six-ounce cup (versus 100 milligrams in coffee,) depending on the type and brewing times and other factors.  Black tea tends to have more caffeine than green tea.  You can also find tea that is decaffeinated.
  • Each type of tea has a certain flavor characteristic associated with the variety and also the soil and climate it is grown in.

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What are some healthy eating ideas for Ginger?

For Headaches

One of my top healthy eating ideas each day is to add ginger in meals throughout the day.  Just how does ginger work?  Ginger works as an anti-inflammatory agent blocking prostagladins – the chemical messengers that cause a slight swelling in the brain.  If you have a headache you’ll be pleased to find that ginger tea reduces inflammation in about the same amount of time as an aspirin.  Drink a cup at the onset of your headache to stop pain in its tracks.  Ginger also helps to keep the stomach calm and appears to have an overall calming effect.  With these benefits it will stay among my healthy eating ideas.

Ginger Root

Packed with antioxidants

Ginger is packed with antioxidants; it has a whole range of health benefits and is perfect during the winter months. Ginger is a perfect addition when you have a cold cough, or even flu symptoms. Ginger helps to stall the onset or even helps when recovering from a cold. These reasons also makes keeping ginger in your diet as one of the healthy eating ideas.

 

Ginger and Food

Ginger goes very well with many different types of seafood, oranges, melon, pork, pumpkin and apples. And I love ginger chicken, so add it from time to time. When buying fresh ginger, look for a root with smooth, taut skin, it should have no wrinkles and has a spicy aroma.

 

Stimulates Digestion

A cup of hot water with thinly sliced or chopped ginger is an excellent way to stimulate digestion. Add a slice of lemon to make it even better.

Ginger contains a potent antioxidant, gingerol, this helps to cleanse the harmful chemicals our bodies produce when we are worried, and so ginger can help with psychological stress too.

Ginger tea is also great if you’re feeling a bit moody. It can help to give you a lift and change the pace of the day and even push away negative feelings. I find ginger tea or ginger in tea just an excellent to start each morning.

 

BENEFITS OF GINGER TEA

    1. Impedes Motion Sickness: Have a quick cup before traveling to keep the sickness and headaches at bay.
    2. Combats Stomach Discomfort: Great for digestion and aiding the absorption of food.
    3. Reduces Inflammation: Can ease joint inflammation and helps ease the joint soreness.
    4. Fights Common Respiratory Problems: Perfect for fighting off coughs and colds
    5. Encourages Normal Blood Circulation: Not only does the drink help blood flow, it can also stop excessive sweating and fever.
    6. Strengthens Immune System: Packed with antioxidants, it is a sure start to better health.
    7. Relieves Stress: Even one sniff of the drink can improve your mood, it calms.

You can find a recipe for the tea preparation if you click on this link for Ginger Tea.

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