T isn’t just for Tuesdays

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on June 18, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Photo Flipbook Slideshow MakerWhen I was in Art School I was religious in having Tea on Tuesdays. I’d go downtown (Dallas) and sip at artsy baristas in the presence of fellow artists, bongo’s, maraca’s and acoustic guitars. All on one accord, one vibe, and on an antioxidant high. I miss Art School.

hough Tea isn’t just for Tuesdays, any day is a good day to detox. So let’s have Tea more often. Shall we?

DID YOU KNOW? Tea has some amazing powers like

It Revs Metabolism
Sipping tea can in crease resting metabolic rate by 10 percent for two hours– enough to burn an extra 90 calories a day without lifting a finger. The credit goes to plant compounds that prevent the breakdown of a hormone (nor-adrenaline0 that triggers thermogenesis. the result: More calorie are burned instead of stored as fat.

It Improves Alertness
The caffeine and L-theanine found in most teas help stimulate brain regions that govern focus, reaction time and memory. In fact, British researchers found that drinking tea can heighten mental alertness in as little as 10 minutes, allowing you to zip through your to-do’s with ease.

It Balances Blood Sugar
A variety of plant compounds (including theaflavins, tannins and polyphenols) in tea work together to enhance the function of the hormone insulin, according to research in the journal Diabetes Care. This stabilizes blood sugar throughout the day to ward off fatigue, mood swings and cravings.

I’ve been sipping again,
but it’s not juice and gin. [lol!]
I’ve been sipping white tea
and it’s looking good on me.

Yes! I’ve renewed my affair with sipping good tea
and couldn’t resist sharing a few recipes with thee:

2 white or green tea bags
4 slices fresh ginger
4 sprigs fresh mint
2 lemon slices, halved
1 cup lemon seltzer
2 strawberries, halved

Steep tea bags and next 3 ingredients in 2 cups hot water 1 min. Remove bags and ginger. Chill. Add seltzer and strawberries. Sweeten to taste. Garnish with lemons. [Makes 2 servings]
***BONUS*** The gingerols in ginger soothe sore muscles.

2 orange-and-spice black tea bags
2 orange slices, (halved)
2 lime slices, (halved)
1 cup pomegranate-blueberry juice

Steep tea bags and fruit in 2 cups hot water 1 min. Remove bags. Add juice. Chill. Garnish with mint. [Makes 2 servings]
***BONUS*** The hesperidin in oranges helps regulate blood pressure.

3 wild-berry or mixed-berry black tea bags
2 lemon slices, halved
3 sprigs fresh thyme cup strawberry-peach juice or white grape-peach mango juice, [like Welch’s]

Steep tea bags, lemons and thyme in 2 cups hot water 1 min. Remove tea bags and thyme. Add juice. Sweeten to taste. Chill or server over ice. Garnish with lemon. [Makes 2 servings]
***BONUS*** The pectin in lemons banishes belly bloat.

And that is why I love tea so,
—my belly fat has got to go!!!

It’s 79 degrees in Phoenix as we speak,
I’m Qui
Kicked back in the shade sipping on some tea.
Oui! Oui! Vibe these Antioxidants with me.

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