How Tea Can Change Your Life

When was the last time you sat down for a cup of tea? How did it make you feel? Tea can be good for your system, for your sinuses, and it can help you relax too.

There are many different types of tea for you to choose from. Black tea, white tea, green tea, and herbal tea are just the basis of the options. You can opt for different flavors, you can find tea that has caffeine in it or is naturally caffeine free, and you can opt for loose leaf tea or tea in bags.

Detox

You can drink teas that have detoxing properties of all different kinds. There are teas with skin detoxing ingredients, which can help you fight blemishes and even acne. You can drink a tea that detoxifies your colon as all.

Tea is not only helping you get more water in your diet, but herbs in tea can boost your immunity, help you sleep, or even settle stomach upset. Those things aside, simply increasing your water intake with some tea can help you stay healthier and help keep toxins flowing out of your body instead of staying in your blood stream.

Relaxation

Tea is a popular drink for people who need some assistance relaxing or even getting to sleep at night. Sleepytime Tea is a popular tea that calms and relaxes. Teas with ingredients that include peppermint and even lavender are perfect for taming tension and relieving stress.

Tea is warm, and it helps settle your stomach. It’s so very soothing. If you find you have a problem winding down at the end of the day you can drink a mug of tea, relax to a good book, and just chill.

Vitamins

Herbal tea is full of vitamins, and even regular green tea is a great source of antioxidants. If you want to boost your immunity, fill yourself up faster, and just be all around healthier, start drinking tea on a regular basis. Tea can be a great addition to your daily routine.

Consider drinking tea instead of taking supplements too. Echinacea and St. John’s Wort are both healthy herbs that can do good things for you, and they are both available in tea form.

Healing

Healing with tea is an internal healing. The herbs that you are ingesting are literally working to heal you from the inside out. Talk to your local health food store worker to find out what teas may be best for what ails you.

There are teas for bladder issues. There are teas that can settle your upset tummy. It all depends on the ingredients.

If you want to live a more relaxing and happier life, add tea to your diet. You’ll be amazed at the changes it brings.

Top 7 Winter Cocktails to help you get over Christmas

Just because it’s past Christmas, it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy a good night out, or a great cocktail to start the evening off on the right note. Just so long as there’s no Sherry, Baileys, mulled wine, cranberries or any other festive flavours involved, right?

Dakota Murphey, independent content writer working alongside Best Venues London, has put together a selection of 7 refreshing and indulgent winter cocktails that are perfect for the post-Christmas freeze.

Skinny Bitch

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Are you detoxing this January? Watching your weight? The good news is that there’s a low calorie cocktail that will allow you to have fun without throwing you off course. Soaring in popularity over recent years, at around 90 calories per drink the Skinny Bitch is the go-to cocktail for any post-Christmas dieter.

Ingredients:

40ml Vodka
85ml soda water (or diet cola)
Fresh lime
Ice

In a tall glass, pour vodka and soda water (or diet cola) over ice, then add a squeeze and wedge of lime. Chin-chin!

Winter Margarita

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A classic cocktail if ever there was one, why wait until summer to enjoy it? This Margarita is given a winter twist with the addition of egg white and smoky Mezcal, a type of Tequila.

Ingredients:

30 ml Tequila
30 ml Mezcal
30 ml lime juice
20 ml simple syrup
1 egg white
Ice

Place all ingredients bar the ice into a cocktail shaker and shake, then shake again with ice. Strain into a cocktail glass and serve with a salted rim. Salud!

Penicillin

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Are you feeling under the weather this winter? If you’ve been struck down by a cold, this winter cocktail has medicinal properties using honey, lemon, ginger and whisky. Not that you need to be poorly to enjoy a Penicillin, but it’s a pretty good excuse.

Ingredients:

50 ml blended Scotch whisky
25 ml fresh lemon juice
1 tbsp honey syrup
1 tbsp ginger syrup
1 tbsp Laphroaig single malt whisky
Ice
Slice of lemon

Pour the Scotch, lemon juice, syrups and ice into a cocktail shaker and shake, then strain into a whisky tumbler, adding one ice cube. Pour the single malt over the back of a spoon so that it floats on top, and serve with a lemon wheel. To your health.

  1. Classic White Russian

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A throwback to the 1990s and featured prominently in the cult film The Big Lebowski (1998), the Classic White Russian is a smooth, easy drinking blend of vodka, coffee liqueur and milk or cream. It definitely channels winter, but not Christmas.

Ingredients:

30 ml Vodka (chilled)
30 ml Kahlua or other coffee liqueur
60 ml Milk (chilled)
Ice

Fill a whisky tumbler with ice and add all ingredients. Stir and serve. If you prefer a richer taste, you can substitute 30 ml single cream for the milk. Na Zdorovye!

 

  1. Scandi Manhattan

manhattanScandinavians know a thing or three about long, cold winters and their spirit of choice, Aquavit, is a pretty good winter warmer with a refreshingly herbal twist. Try this Nordic interpretation of the classic Manhattan Cocktail and see if you can feel your toes again.

Ingredients:

60 ml Aquavit
20 ml sweet vermouth
1 tbsp Kirsch
2 dashes Angostura bitters
Ice

Place all ingredients in a cocktail shaker and shake, then strain into a tumbler. Garnish with a cherry. Skol!

 

  1. Sunshine Mary

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For serious health aficionados who don’t want to go dry in January, take a look at this fresh twist on the classic Bloody Mary. Using the distinctive British aperitif Kamm & Sons which contains health promoting such as ginseng, Manuka honey, Echinacea and a host of other botanicals, you could come to the conclusion that drinking is actually good for you!

Ingredients:

35 ml Kamm & Sons
150 ml tomato juice (ideally yellow, otherwise red)
15 ml fresh lemon juice
6 dashes of green Tabasco sauce
1 pinch of salt, pepper and celery salt
A touch of horseradish

Fill a tall glass with ice, add all ingredients and stir. Garnish with a slice of yellow pepper (or red pepper if you’re using red tomato juice) and serve with a straw. Cheers!

 

  1. Easy Winter Elixir

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Ingredients:How about a simple winter pick-me-up that’s fresh and fruity to start the year off with a bang? This Winter Elixir might be just the thing to start a girlie night in January or February off with a swing.

50 ml Vodka
60 ml soda
20 ml simple syrup
20 ml pomegranate juice
15 ml fresh lemon juice
2 sprigs rosemary
1 slice lemon

Muddle the syrup and 1 rosemary sprig together in a cocktail shaker, then add the vodka and juices and shake. Strain into a tall glass and top with soda. Garnish with the other rosemary sprig and lemon wheel and serve.

How To Enjoy Your Favorite Pasta Dishes With Less Guilt

Pasta is one of those meals where you like to pretend it’s good for you, since it does have tomatoes in it (and they have vitamin C in them, don’t they?), but you know it really isn’t all that good for you. Pasta can be pretty fattening and packs in a lot of carbs. Although, if you’re only indulging in pasta once a week or less then you’re at least doing something right.

If you want to feel a little better about your pasta consumption you can make some of the following changes to your cooking routine. Pasta can be an entire meal in one plate and can be a great comfort food, so don’t nix it from your diet just yet.

Look Into Organic Sauces

When you’re shopping for pasta sauces you should consider buying something organic. Tomatoes are commonly one of those fruits that are hit with a lot of pesticides since they have a lot of bugs that like to eat them. By going organic you’re also helping to ensure you’re getting fewer preservatives in your food, meaning it’s a bit fresher and has more nutrients.

You could also consider making your own pasta sauce. In fact, you could also consider growing your own tomatoes. Then you know exactly what’s gotten into them and onto them.

Try Whole Wheat or Wheat Free Pasta

There are good things about wheat and there are bad things about it. Wheat flour is often bleached, which can make it not so healthy of a food item if you’re trying to cut down the chemicals you’re getting through your food. You can avoid this problem by buying whole wheat pasta.

You might also want to check out some of the other pasta grain options. With the rise of gluten-free foods, you can find pasta made from corn, rice, and even ancient grains. Test them out and see which ones you like best. There are also grain-free options.

Add More Vegetables

Consider going meatless once or twice a week if you’re normally a meat eater. There are plenty of vegetables you can substitute for meat in pasta dishes. Some of them include squash and even broccoli.

Even if you stick with meat, consider adding more vegetable and less meat (and maybe even less pasta). The more vegetables, and the more of a variety of them, the better for your health!

Try A Different Meat Option

You could also switch what meats you’re using. Beef is high in fat and is known to be a culprit in clogging arteries. Sausage is also a common ingredient in pasta dishes and is also high in fat.

Try making pasta with chicken, even breaded chicken. It will give it a different look and a different taste that you may still enjoy. You could also try crab when having pasta alfredo.

Four Things To Remember When It Comes To Your Diet

Dieting, whether you have a particular weight loss goal or you just want to eat healthier, can be a struggle for some people. Food addictions are real, and many people also suffer from stress eating and other issues. When it comes to dieting what is considered healthy for one person might not be healthy for another.

Even a complete diet overhaul may not be the answer to your weight loss goals either if that’s why you’re eating healthy. You may need to do more than eating salad and drinking protein shakes. Here are a few other things to keep in mind.

If You Lose Weight You’re Going To Need New Clothes

Even if you aren’t working toward a weight loss goal, a change in diet to healthier eating can cause weight loss. It will help get your body streamlined, and that might mean you’re going to need new clothing. Consider doing some shopping for good deals, maybe even buy a custom made t-shirt to commemorate your loss.

If you are striving for weight loss and your clothing is getting looser, but you still have a work to do, try to hold off on buying a new wardrobe. You’ll buy a bunch of new items now only to have to buy more again in a few months. Instead, get handy with a sewing machine, or at least buy stuff at a thrift store where you’ll save a great deal of money.

Some Healthy Things Aren’t So Healthy

Consider the fact that just because something says it’s healthy doesn’t always mean it is. Your healthiest bets when it comes to eating is to pass on the processed foods and go for fresh. If something is sold in a box it is probably filled with sodium and other preservatives that aren’t good for you.

The Best Way Toward Weight Loss Is Combining Diet With Exercise

Don’t just change your diet if your goal is to lose weight. You need to get some physical activity into everyday as well. You might easily lose with a diet change, but fitness will help keep you strong and toned.

You don’t have to go to the gym every day and you don’t have to take up running, you can simply fit a walk into each day or start doing yoga on a daily basis. If you’re working toward heart and lung health, you should also get some cardio a few times a week.

Sharing Is Caring And Can Help You And Others

Remember, your healthy eating and/or weight loss adventure could help other people, so share it. Post on social media about your diet changes or the weight you’ve lost. Give friends tips when they ask. You’ll feel good about helping others and you’ll motivate people that may have thought being healthy wasn’t possible for them.