Monday, January 07, 2008

Tea makes me teetee

I wrote this a few weeks ago after a weekend J was gone:

So, what did you do all weekend, Cricket?

I drank tea.

Any tea in particular?

Yes, an anti-oxidant green tea that turns a pretty red like a beet: Salada Strawberry. This often with a second bag of dandelion tea, because that doesn't taste so good alone and it's great for the liver. Occasionally with a spoon of honey.

Pray tell, why spend a weekend drinking tea?

Because it was cold and windy outside. We were due for a storm, only got some rain, but it was still frigid.

Oh, and if I'm drinking tea, I'm not eating. Green tea is my new diet aid.

How's that for boring?
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Well, the conversation pretty much applies to daily now. I had decided to give up cookies for the new year, but have extended that to most food as well. I am trying to eat two healthy meals a day. Tea pretty much keeps me from snacking, although I do find it challenging to go in the kitchen so often. I want to lose some weight for the cruise especially.

Below is one of the Salada trio, the only one I could find online. Citrus has all these antioxidants - the strawberry and blueberry have even more than the citrus by including those anti-oxidants dealing with color.

Salada citrus
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) 30 mg 50%
Vitamin A (beta carotene) 1500 IU 30%
Vitamin E (dl alpha tocopheryl acetate) 9 IU 30%
Green Tea (Camellia sinensis) 1.41 g *
Siberian Ginseng (Eleutherococcus senticosus) 87.5 mg *
*Daily value not established.
Other ingredients: Natural lemon, lime, and orange flavors with other natural flavors.
As I'd mentioned, another tea I like is dandelion, which I like to double up with other teas. Dandelion is good for the liver and digestion.

I am using tea for other properties than taste and I hope that I am not OD'ing on the anti-oxidants. Do you have a healthful tea you can recommend? Something that has extra benefits? I try to stay away from chamomile, because it is related to ragweed, but it's all fair game otherwise.

6 comments:

BipolarLawyerCook said...

I like the "detox" tea Yogi Teas makes, especially after lots of heavy food.

dawn224 said...

I think white tea is supposed to be even 'specialer' than green tea. Otherwise I drink milkmaid tea ... cuz I'm still in the days of wine and lactacting.

Becky said...

I'm pathetically non-tea-savvy. Someday, perhaps I will have something remotely informative to say on the subject, but I drink PG Tips. And I have no idea why, save for the fact that I own it, and it's readily available in the kitchen.

evil-e said...

I like that very tea...I am more a coffee guy, but sometimes the red-green tea hits the spot.

Melissa P. said...

Never had the red-green tea.
I drink alot of green tea and black tea though.

Val said...

I'm mostly tea-illiterate too, I just knows what I likes...
[I like Earl Grey, Chai, & best of all, Lapsang Souchong (sp?)]
But it all makes me teetee too -- irritating when I drink my special "Sleepytime" formula, then have to get up twice in the night to pee!