Around the time I started learning about how eating whole, healthy foods can help ward off risk of cancer, heart disease, and diabetes, I also started drinking loose leaf tea. Drinking tea may help guard against free radicals that can contribute to cancer, heart disease, and clogged arteries.
I have always enjoyed drinking tea for something warm to drink on a cold day or for a bit of caffeine in the afternoon, but it was usually Lipton black or green tea bags. Then one day I walked into Teavana in the mall and fell in love.
I’m sure there are many other places, especially online, where you can buy high quality tea, but I love the fact that I can walk in, smell the tea I’m shopping for, and have one of the workers tell me about the teas and why they are beneficial.
It’s a little or a lot more expensive than tea bags, depending on which tea you buy, but the quality is much higher, and the flavor is much better. The tea in most tea bags is just the tea fannings, or “dust”, left over from the processing of the tea leaves. Something else to keep in mind when justifying the price is that you can re-steep most teas. Most of the caffeine goes out in the first steep, but the flavor can last for up to 5 or more steepings with some teas.
Here is some information on white, green, and black tea:
- least processed of all the teas, therefore it retains the most antioxidants
- very little caffeine
- promotes detoxification and healthy skin
- boosts immune system
- little caffeine, although more than white tea
- improves cholesterol levels
- more processed than green and white tea
- more caffeine than green and white, but still much less than the caffeine in coffee
- promotes heart health
This strainer is from Teavana. I've had it a few years and it works really well.
One of my readers sent me some hibiscus tea to try with a strainer. She works out at the gym where my husband Jeff works - thanks, Suzanne! I had never heard of it but I love the fruity taste and it, too, has lots of health benefits including:
- may aid in weight loss
- lowers high blood pressure
- naturally caffeine free
- rich in vitamin C
This is the strainer and tea from Suzanne. I just love the pretty color and taste!
Something I like most about tea, other than all of its healthy properties, is that the effect of the caffeine is much different than that of coffee. I love my coffee and I drink it every morning and many afternoons, but it has somewhat of a jittery effect on most people and the caffeine doesn’t seem to last very long. However, the caffeine in tea is processed differently in our bodies and it stays with us much longer. I find that the afternoons that I drink black tea rather than coffee, I have much more energy into the evening, which is when I really need it.
Here are some of my favorite teas from Teavana:
- Sencha (green)
- High grown Engish black tea
- Silver Needle (very high quality white)
- blend of Samurai Chai Mate and White Ayurvedic Chai. This is one of the blends you’ll most likely find as a sample in most Teavana stores.
What are your favorite teas from Teavana? Do you buy your tea from anywhere else?