I took a coffee break last week. I went a full week without drinking coffee. The main reason was to see if I would sleep any better without my cold brew. It did not make a difference. What I did that week was drink more tea. I drank green tea, Earl Grey tea, a flavored herbal tea, and a flavored black tea. For a really good collection this winter try this Winter Solstice Loose Leaf Sampler. The box has a handy guide for how long to steep each type of tea.
I also treated myself to this tea infuser for loose tea. Rather than buy a special tea cup that comes with an in-fuser, you can turn all your own mugs and cups into tea infusers.
I am back to making my cold brew but it’s still nice to have a cup of tea in the afternoon or evening.
A researcher at the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences published a study that associates regular tea drinking with lower risks of cardiovascular disease. For the study, they tracked over 100,000 adults across 15 provinces in China for more than seven years. The drinkers who had at least three servings of tea a week lived 1.41 years longer than those who didn’t.
Tea drinkers are at about 22% lower risk of dying of heart disease or stroke and 15% less likely to die from other diseases. They also found through a smaller study that those who drank tea over longer periods reduced risk even more. This smaller group was followed for over eight years and those that drank tea more often had a 56% decrease of a chance of stroke or heart disease, and 29% less risk of dying of other illnesses.
Because the polyphenols are not stored long-term in your body, tea should be consumed frequently. The most health benefits are from green tea. Green tea is higher in polyphenols. Black tea loses some polyphenols during the process used to ferment it during production.
This study did not take into account diet or exercise so there may be other factors that could effect this outcome.
If you are used to drinking coffee, what happens if you stop?
You will have some side effects. Some of the side effects will make others around you suffer as well as you because it can cause you to have depression and irritability. You may have headaches and lethargy as well.
Cutting back can cut down on panic attacks, be better on your teeth, help with heartburn. Cutting back does have benefits but you may miss out on the boost you get from it.
A few weeks ago we talked about Cheese Coffee. Now we find out about Cheese Tea. It was started in China. The basics of it are that cream cheese or mascarpone cheese are mixed with milk, whipping cream, sugar, and salt. They are whipped together to a soft foamy peak. You should have cold brewed tea.
After you make the cheese mixture, pour your tea into a glass (with or without ice) and carefully spoon the cheese on top. Top with green tea powder.
You are supposed to drink it so the cheese stays on top and you get the mixture through the foamy topping.
We LOVE green tea. An even more yummy and fun way to have it is to eat it. Now I’m sure there are a lot of recipes out there using green tea but we’ve discovered a really good Green Tea Ice Cream from Häagen-Dazs
Now we are very careful of what ice creams we eat because a lot of ice cream has unnecessary junk in it. The ingredients of this ice cream are cream, skim milk, sugar, egg yolks, and green tea. That’s it. The flavor isn’t overpowering. We like it with a little whipped cream on top.
Want to try to make your own? Here is an authentic green tea ice cream recipe. You will need an ice cream churn for this. This recipe does not contain eggs. It uses matcha green tea powder and not the kind of green tea you buy for making your green tea.