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?
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.


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.

Aunt 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.

Anonymous said...

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

Anonymous 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!