I was convinced that spring was going to come at a reasonable time this year since we had a few days that the temps were 70’s in New England. Nope, Mother Nature played a sick joke on us and dropped 16 inches of snow on us this past Tuesday. There’s not much we can do except just hope that warmer weather is coming- hopefully sooner than later.
Since todays’ high is going to be a balmy 35 degrees I thought I would share another one of my favorite things about winter- a nice hot cup of tea. Don’t get me wrong friends- I love my coffee too. I drink one cup of coffee with breakfast, but after that it’s tea that warms me through the day. Personally I try to keep my caffeine intake on the lower side so I will have one large thermos or mug full of black tea then herbal teas through the rest of the day.
Tea is a great substitute for coffee to keep you alert and warm. I like that there are so many varieties of tea and drinking it all day doesn’t cause GI upset unlike coffee. Some people just “don’t get the pleasure of drinking tea” since it doesn’t give you the jolt of energy like coffee. Some think it tastes like grass. Honestly I think there is a tea for everyone, you just need to try a bunch and find what you like! Also, I think it definitely depends on the quality as well. I’m not a super tea snob, I mean I do have Lipton in my cabinet but I do appreciate the more luxurious brands and blends.
Tea also provides a lot of great health benefits! I’m sure everyone has heard about the powerful antioxidants in green tea. Other blends can provide different health benefits as well. For example ginger or peppermint tea are great for soothing an upset stomach or nausea. One of my personal favorites is the Sleepytime Vanilla, which contains chamomile- is a natural relaxant. Here are some of my favorites- the list keeps growing!
Recently I have been seeing green tea or matcha powder pop up everywhere. I found some while out shopping and figured- hey why not? I wanted to treat my coworkers to some healthy donuts so I figured why not try to make some green donuts for St.Patrick’s Day. The mini green donuts came out pretty well! I didn’t want to go overboard with the matcha powder since it was my first time using it. If you want a stronger matcha flavor feel free to add half a teaspoon more!