July Foodie Penpals Box Reveal

This month I received my box for the July Foodie Penpals from Jessica who sent me this pretty big and awesome box of goodies.  Pictured below is what I received.
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She kept in mind that I try to eat healthy and as unprocessed as possible. She did a pretty awesome job. I’ll be sharing a few things with my family and friends but certain things (like the tea) are all mine!

Foodie penpals is a way to share/swap food items (a surprise) with someone else. The goodies should be around $15 including a hand written note for your penpal! Ship, await your box eagerly, and then write a post about all of your goodies at the end of each month.  Interested? Check out The Lean Green Bean for more details and other swaps!

If you would like to join in on the foodie penpal, make sure to sign up before the 4th of August.

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Cardamom Milk Chai (Tea) Recipe

Cardamom Chai

Ingredients:

1) 3 Cardamom pods
2) 1 tbs Loose black tea or 1-2 black tea bags
3) 1/4 Cup Milk
4) 1 tbsp Brown or white sugar (or per preference)
5) 1 Cup water

Preparation:

1) In a teapot or saucepan bring 1 cup water to boil
2) Add Cardamom pods (I like to crack mine before popping them in the water) boil for 1 minute
3) Add black tea and brew for 2 minutes
4) Add 1/4 cup milk
5) Add preferred sugar and brew until tea starts rising in pot
6) Pour through tea strainer in cup

**Caution contents are hot! Cool slightly before drinking. A film may cover the tea, remove with spoon or drink as**

Tea Time — Join me for a Cup of tea

Tea Time. The phrase brings forward images of british loyalty sipping tea from their delicate porcelain cups, Alice and Wonderland’s tea party, or if you’re historically inclined the boston tea party.

Proof the tea trend has hit America:

1) Supermarkets now have tea slash coffee isles

2) There is at least one tea specialty shop near you

3) Dunkin’ Donuts started selling Chai

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I have AT LEAST one cup a day, sometimes two, maybe three. Its sorta kinda my addiction. I’ve never been a coffee girl but I’m pretty sure my cravings for tea are similar to those of coffee lovers out there.

What I love about this addiction is that any and every type of tea I drink has some type of health benefit.There are a few main types of tea: black, white, oolong, green, roobios, and herbal. Mixtures of tea and herbals are created for a potent and taste-bud exploding experience.  Each type of tea comes with its own health benefits and when added with herbals its creates a even bigger boost.

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study published in the Journal of Nutrition found those who consumed green tea along with participating in a exercise regimen had a greater decrease in belly fat than just those who just exercised. This is due to the abundance of catecholamines or antioxidants found in green tea that burns fat and calories and targets abdominal fat. Green tea has also been linked  to aiding the body achieve clear skin, healthy hair, preventing cancer and stabilizing energy levels.

  • Black tea prevents plaque build-up, promotes cardiovascular health, helps prevent diabetes, aid in digestion, provides blood flow to the brain (the coffee alternative), helps build a stronger immune system.
  •  White tea has been said to have some of the most powerful antioxidants in preventing cancer
  • Oolong tea is also another tea said to help in weight loss, lower bad cholesterol, help with eczema and a natural stress reducer.

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I love drinking tea in my tinker bell cup, that cup has been going strong since my high schools days. Featured above is also one of my favorite green tea’s that I always have in my home.

Another favorite that I’ve hooked my friends on as well is cardamom tea/chai. Oh man that hits the spot. I’ll be doing a post on how to make cardmom tea/chai soon.

Until then, Cheers Mate! (oh wait I think thats Australian)

The Nutty Mix

Go Nuts!

Research has shown that nuts are a great snack to help lose or maintain weight due to the abundant supply of proteins, omega-3 fatty acids, vitamin E, folic acid, fiber and many other nutrients found in all types of nuts.

Nuts in moderation (much like our sanity) is a great way to lower LDL cholesterol (“bad” cholesterol), reduce heart disease, keep skin and hair healthy, support brain health, strengthen bones, control weight, and achieve better sleep. All these benefits from a tiny handful of nuts, its as close as one can get to a magic pill.

Worried about the calories? I’ve included a list of some of the lowest fat and healthiest nuts approved by the USDA.

1 oz (golf ball size or one handful) of nuts is the equivalent of:

  • 23 Regular Almonds — 163 Calories
  • 49 Pistachios — 160 Calories
  • 14 Walnut Halves– 185 Calories
  • 19 Pecan Halves — 196 Calories
  • 21 Hazelnuts– 178 Calories
  • 28 Shelled Peanuts — 166 Calories
  • 16 Cashews– 160 Calories

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I keep this little glass bowl, mixed with nuts and some sunflower seeds, on my coffee or dining table. You see it, you eat it, your body shows it.

So go nutty!
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