A hug in a cup

Hello Monday. The most dreaded day of the week. Those of you gals still in college are starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel towards graduation! I know I am antsy for relaxation and all the beautiful sunny days that summer brings.

So today I have a small remedy that is better for you than sulking.

KEEP CALM AND DRINK SOME TEA.

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Tea is by far one of my top indulgences and the good news is it is also good for you. First, lets look at what options you have to drink and review their benefits. Then I will overview some cute crafts with one of the world’s most popular drinks.

There are a HUGE variety of types of tea in the world but I am looking at 3 of the 6 healthy types from realsimple.com. by Amanda Pressner.

http://www.realsimple.com/health/nutrition-diet/healthy-eating/types-of-tea-00100000068566/index.html

  1. Black tea (my favorite!)- Black Tea is makes up nearly 75% of tea that is used globally. It is made from Camellia sinensis plant and contains the most caffeine with 40 milligrams compared to coffee with 50-100.

BENEFITS?- Antioxidents help lower cholesterol and reduces risk of stroke by 21%.

  1. Green tea- This more delicate tea than black, has leaves dried and is heated before fermentation.

BENEFITS?-Antioxidents help prevent cancer and heart disease.

  1. White tea-Mildly flavored and picked when they are young this tea has only 15 grams of caffeine.

BENEFITS?-A fellow multitasker, white tea helps with cardiovascular problems, cancer fighting benefits, and assists with glucose tolerance for those with diabetes.

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One little, fun fact is that loose tea leaves contain more antioxidants than in bags because they are less processed so I hope you take the opportunity to try some either by making it yourself or checking out a local tea room.

I give my highest recommendation to St. James Tea room in Albuquerque, NM. Established in 1999 by Licensed Tea Constulatant, Mary Alice Higbie, this quaint shop contains wonderful tea products and provides a space for groups to sip in a quiet, cozy place.

You can find them everywhere. Check it out!

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Finally, if you try it and like it, I have two great crafting ideas! A link to a site I found on Pinterest to make your own tea bags is listed below as well as sample DIY mugs to drink your tea in.

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http://tabithaemma.com/?s=teabags

Hope this helps get you through the Monday blues!

-H

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