This morning I nipped in to Tesco for a couple of essentials (coffee was on my list) and I was drawn to the many offers that they had on their high-end teas. It was about 2007 when I tried Teapigs then (likely an Earl-grey) and loved the special organza style bags (Tea Temples) which gave a better tea infusion and felt a great luxurious experience. It was a time when Teapigs were relatively new and as they found their name and have increased to grow in the Tea market since, which unfortunately for me, so has their price tag which I have found it quite alienating. Since 2007, their range has also expanded – I discovered their popcorn tea but at £4 for 15 tea bags, then my interest in trying them quickly fades away.
I found 3 boxes of their caffeine-free Spice Winter Red Tea at £1.15 each and bought them all (normally priced at £4.15). There are so much more brands discounted but I bought these ones and a bag of We Are Tea vanilla loose tea leaves at £1 (for a smaller amount in tea bag form, they are £7.99 for 15 teabags on amazon – vanilla sounds warming and comforting and I can’t wait to get my tea infuser out and have a treat each lunchtime and evening while I work.
Getting back to the teapigs – as it is still fairly cold outside while we are in a transitional period with the weather, I am welcoming this Christmas-in-a-cup drink. Although my fiance doesn’t like it, I am the opposite. The warm spices and citrus tones are divine.
I am also focusing this week on my other first purchase, Alpro Almond Milk. I love the benefits of almond oil on my skin for hydrating benefits and I am forever reading that we need to ditch cow’s milk. It is these small changes I want to help me cut out processed and unnatural products in my diet and if it helps my viewers along my journey, then that is an added bonus.
The almond milk is naturally sweet; much more palatable than sweetened soya milk.
The other natural teas that I already drink are firstly Twinings Purifying Dandelion root tea, suggested by Jillian Michaels as a great detoxing weight loss tea. She suggests to mix it in with a tablespoon of cranberry juice, a splash of lemon juice and cold water (turning it in to a iced-tea style drink and consume approximately 1.4ltrs. I have done this for a week which helped me lose a 1lb.
The other another Twinings; a calming pure peppermint tea for times when I feel an upset stomach, but this is a rare occasion. I also drink Twinings Green Tea but did not have the box to hand.
After making some smoothies recently in my soup maker, I have also been adding a very small amount of tea infused hot water (concentrated) and add it in. This is a great way to make tea times fun!
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