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Summer Punch

On the first day of summer, Tea Blendz gave to me:
a super awesome punch recipe
I know you're going to host a BBQ at some point this summer, so why not impress your guests with a delicious cocktail they wont forget!
  • 25g of Tea Blendz Loose Leaf Strawberry Delight Tea
  • 500mL Ginger Ale
  • 3 Diced Kiwi's
  • 5 Sliced Strawberries
  • Cubed Honeydew melon (half will be plenty)
  • Prosecco
  • Ice
Steep Tea Blendz Strawberry Delight Tea for 10 minutes in 1.5L of boiled water
(let cool & Chill)
  1. Pour chilled Tea into punch bowl and add fruits,let sit to allow the fruits to infuse into the tea.
  2. Add ice, top with Ginger Ale and stir
  3. Fill wine glasses or champagne flutes halfway to 3/4  with Tea punch, top with prosecco


    February 07, 2017


    Posted in Black Tea, Health Benefits, Heart Month

    Black Tea Health Benefits

    Black tea is one of the most popular teas known to man (thanks to teas such as Earl Grey, English Breakfast) and have since been widely accepted and embraced all over the world for its various health benefits.

    Tea is one of the most adored beverages in the world, just second to water. All true teas grow from the same shrub named Camellia Sinensis. The only difference between black, green, white, oolong teas is how they are processed once they are picked.

    Specifically looking at the processing stage of black tea, it is oxidized and/or fermented - which contributes to its unique color, flavor, and of course, health benefits that are so widely known.

    A few health benefits of black tea consumption are (but not limited to):

    • Reducing High Cholesterol Levels
    • Boosting alertness and concentration
    • Aiding in Digestive Problems(thanks to tannins)
    • Anti-Inflammatory Qualities
    • High Blood Pressure(well maybe, but here's too wishful thinking)
    • Heart Health

    All thanks to the great source of antioxidants and polyphenols present in black teas.

    February is heart month and the heart is just another area where black tea may play quite a beneficial role. *(Those with heart conditions should use caution when it comes to caffeinated beverages)* There is increasing evidence that those without heart problems can see their possibility of heart issues reduced.

    Wow! How wonderful right?!

    Consumption of black tea may help reduce clotting and inflammation. One 2012 study found that black tea reduced cardiovascular risks and improved the levels of antioxidants in the study participants overall.

    All in all, black tea offers numerous benefits beyond just a morning caffeine kick. Researchers are still exploring the potential health benefits of black tea; however studies in humans have generated mixed results. More research is needed for other supposed benefits, including those for osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes, tooth decay, high blood pressure and stomach disorders.

    To get the most antioxidants out of your cup, try it loose leaf and without milk.



    January 03, 2017


    Posted in health, herbal, hot tea month, tea, tea blendz

    January 2017 - Hot Tea Month

    This January help us celebrate Hot Tea Month by posting photos of your favorite moments enjoying tea. From now until January 31, 2017, we’ll be collecting photos of yourself with friends or family enjoying the benefits of tea or an original lifestyle shot that best represents your unique relationship with tea. Get creative and start sharing today! The top three shutterbugs will win some very cool tea accessories by Breville.


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    Bringing to Life Tea's Unique Merits

    Alright... As per usual here we are taking Tea time to the next level.
    Since we already know sipping a cup of tea has super beneficial effects for our bodies, not many people are familiar with cooking and/or baking with tea.. just like how the actual act of combining tea with food dates as far back as tea itself.
    Historically the consumption of the fresh pungent leaves was an act to supplement diets- providing necessary vitamins, nutrients and polyphenols.
    In addition the theanine/caffeine was a stimulate. 


    "Not only are we eating something delicious
    but we are getting the full benefits of the tea as well,
    without actually drinking a cup" 


    This holiday season, we teamed up with an extraordinarily crafty friend of ours, Arno, from Arno's Fine French Pastry to help us create a delicious birthday vision
     he made all our cake dreams come true!
    Bringing to life tea's unique merits, he used hot tea extraction, combined it with the ingredients and viola!
    An exquisite display for the eye-as well as the pallet we couldn't have asked for better results!
    November 27, 2016


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    The Truth Behind Teatox

    In the past year, several businesses have come forward promoting a new buzz word; "teatox." Companies like Flat Tummy Tea, Fit Tea and SkinnyMint have all hit the ground running with claims to kick that bloated and sluggish feeling while boosting energy, cleansing your system and supporting metabolism.

    Endorsed by the likes of physically fit celebrities Chloe and Kourtney Kardashian, Kylie Jenner and Bella Thorne, these detox teas seem almost too good to be true. And after a bit of research, it appears they are. Below is our breakdown on the top three detox tea companies in the market today:


    Flat Tummy Tea

    "Kick that bloated & sluggish feeling and flatten that tummy!"

    Activate Tea (morning) - Peppermint (leaf), Lemon Balm (leaf), Licorice (root), Dandelion (leaf and root), Cleavers (leaf), Fennel (seed), Green Tea (leaf), Caraway (seed), Cardamom (pods).

    Cleanse Tea (night) - Senna (leaf), Peppermint (leaf), Cassia Chamaecrista (pods), Licorice (root), Caraway (seed), Dandelion (root), Rhubarb (root)

    Price (based on 2g/cup, 2 cups/day): 4 week supply $66.25 ($0.54/g),  2 week supply $48.86 ($1.74/g)

    Red Flags:

    • Not FDA Approved: The Flat Tummy Tea website claims “You can still eat normally and no, you shouldn't have to go to the gym every day to see good results.*” The asterix goes to the following footer “These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”


      "Get Fit with FitTea. Boost Energy, Support Metabolism and Get Going!"

      Fit Tea Detox (morning) - Organic green tea, Oolong Wu Yi, Garcinia Cambogia Extract, Pomegranate, Organic Rooibos, Ginger, Stevia, Honey, Guarana, Citric Acid, Sea Salt (electrolytes), Lemon Juice, Matcha Green Tea

      Price (based on 2g/cup, 1 cup/day): 4 week supply $45.00 ($0.80/g), 2 week supply $25.00 ($0.89/g)

      Red Flags:

      • Not FDA Approved: The FitTea website also has a disclaimer stating, “This statement has not been evaluated by the FDA. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. Results may vary.”
      • Contains Garcinia Cambogia Extract: This extract has become a household name ever since Dr. Oz introduced it to the world in 2012. “Thanks to brand new scientific research, I can tell you about a revolutionary fat buste. No Exercise. No Diet. No Effort. It's called Garcinia cambogia." ‎Two years later, Dr. Oz was investigated for not having the scientific evidence to back up his claims. In fact, even before Dr. Oz came onto the scene, a 1998 study of 135 participants found Garcinia cambogia did not significantly help people lose weight any more than a placebo .
      • Contains Guarana: Guarana seeds are about the size of coffee beans, but contain more than twice as much caffeine. To put it in perspective, energy drinks such as Full Throttle, Monster, Red Bull and Rockstar all contain guarana. The principle behind the idea to put caffeine (or guarana) in detox/weight loss teas is simple: if you're not hungry, you won't eat as much as you normally would.


        "Start your Detox Journey now! Discover the most effective 2 Step Natural Tea Detox Program."

        Morning Boost (morning) - Green tea, nettle leaves, yerba mate, dandelion, guarana

        Night Cleanse (night) - Ginger root, lemon grass, peppermint, hawthorn berries, orange leaves, senna leaves, licorice root and psyllium husk

        Price (based on 2g/cup, 2 cups/day): 4 week supply $69.90 ($0.62/g),  2 week supply $37.90 ($0.67/g)

        Red Flags:

        • Contains Guarana Fruit, Senna Leaves and Psyllium Husk: Pysllium husk is both a natural laxative and appetite suppressant. The husks are often referred to as a colon cleanser, and as a by-product of this – a natural weight loss tool. Once taken, it will bulk and form a mass in the colon, which is then transported through the intestinal tract. As this mass moves through the intestinal track it “scrubs” the intestines clean. Due to the bulking nature of psyllium husks, it is essential to ensure you drink enough liquid as otherwise this product may swell up and could obstruct the throat. In addition to acting as a laxative, if taken before a meal, the psyllium husks act as an appetite suppressant by expanding to give a full feeling, and help to prevent overeating.

            Tea Blendz Detox

            Detox-ification (morning) organic rooibos, organic honeybush, organic lemon myrtle, lemon peel, juniper, ginger, licorice root, anise, lemongrass, marigold, stevia, birch leaves, willow bark and natural flavours.

            Price: (based on 2g/cup, 1 cup/day) 50g for $10.50 ($0.21/g) 

            Red Flags:

            • (Insert sarcastic tone) our tea is not endorsed by celebrities or branded in such a way that makes you believe losing weight and getting a flat stomach is as easy as drinking a cup of tea. 

            At Tea Blendz we sell our detox tea WITHOUT laxatives or ridiculous amounts of caffeine. We also sell herbs, which can easily be added to any tea at any time. Depending on medical conditions (as some herbs affect certain illnesses or ailments) creating your own tea allows you to control what actually goes in your cup.

            You may find this unbelievable, but any oolong, green, black, or white tea can have the same health outcomes as Flat Tummy Tea, Fit Tea or SkinnyMint. The difference is that their products are endorsed by celebrities and branded in such a way that you want to believe losing weight and getting a flat stomach is as easy as drinking a cup of tea.

            Final Thoughts

            If you are still wanting to try out Flat Tummy Tea, FitTea or SkinnyMint please realize the following:

            • The weight loss you achieve because of laxatives like senna and psyllium husk is likely due to water weight rather than fat. This means that as soon as you rehydrate yourself after the detox tea has worked its way through your system, the weight will come right back. It isn't a healthy or effective weight-loss product. Check with your doctor before using senna for any purpose, as it may interact with some medications, including blood thinners, birth control pills, estrogen pills and diuretics. Pregnant women shouldn't use senna, and it shouldn't be used for long periods of time by anyone. In fact the FDA says to limit the use of senna to no more than two weeks, which may be hard to do considering most teatox programs last 28 days. 
            • None of the teas sold by the above companies are FDA approved, none of the teas have proven weight-loss results and none of the teas work on their own. Each company states that nutrition and exercise are a key part to their detox programs.
            • TeaBlendz is not an authority on detoxification. Do your own research and make an informed decision.

            Tenderize Meat with Tea

            Trying to learn a new way to tenderize & marinate meat?

             Tea Blendz tenderized meat

            Let us tell you how:

            1. Add 4 heaping tablespoons of black tea leaves, such as a Lapsang Souchong to bring about an "open fire-natural smoke" taste & aroma or try Organic Assam for a rich sweet malty honey like flavour, in a pot (1.5 litres) of WARM (not boiling) water and steep for about 5-8 minutes.
            2. Strain to remove the leaves (you can keep them & use them as garnish later if you so choose)
            3. Stir in 1/2 cup brown sugar until it dissolves. Set the tenderizing tea mixture liquid aside.
            4. Season meat (up to 1.5kg) with salt, pepper, onion, garlic and fresh rosemary then place it in oven ready pan, big enough to hold the meat and the tenderizing liquid.
            5. Pour the tea mixture over your seasoned meat, cover and cook in a preheated 325°F (165°C) oven until the meat is fork tender, about 90 minutes. 

            Tea Blendz picture of med_rare_beef

            Even the toughest cuts of meat will melt in your mouth after you marinate them.

            October 17, 2016


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            Tea Blendz Halloween Haunted HouseStraddling the line between fall and winter, plenty and paucity, life and death, Halloween is a time of celebration and superstition. It is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when people would light bonfires and wear costumes to ward off roaming ghosts. In the eighth century, Pope Gregory III designated November 1 as a time to honor all saints and martyrs; the holiday, All Saints’ Day, incorporated some of the traditions of Samhain. The evening before was known as All Hallows’ Eve and later Halloween. Over time, Halloween evolved into a secular, community-based event characterized by child-friendly activities such as trick-or-treating. In a number of countries around the world, as the days grow shorter and the nights get colder, people continue to usher in the winter season with gatherings, costumes and sweet treats.


            Halloween’s origins date back to the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain (pronounced sow-in). The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. This day marked the end of summer and the harvest and the beginning of the dark, cold winter, a time of year that was often associated with human death. Celts believed that on the night before the new year, the boundary between the worlds of the living and the dead became blurred. On the night of October 31 they celebrated Samhain, when it was believed that the ghosts of the dead returned to earth. In addition to causing trouble and damaging crops, Celts thought that the presence of the otherworldly spirits made it easier for the Druids, or Celtic priests, to make predictions about the future. For a people entirely dependent on the volatile natural world, these prophecies were an important source of comfort and direction during the long, dark winter.


            The American Halloween tradition of “trick-or-treating” probably dates back to the early All Souls’ Day parades in England. During the festivities, poor citizens would beg for food and families would give them pastries called “soul cakes” in return for their promise to pray for the family’s dead relatives. The distribution of soul cakes was encouraged by the church as a way to replace the ancient practice of leaving food and wine for roaming spirits. The practice, which was referred to as “going a-souling” was eventually taken up by children who would visit the houses in their neighborhood and be given ale, food, and money.

            halloween kidsHALLOWEEN SUPERSTITION'S

            The tradition of dressing in costume for Halloween has both European and Celtic roots. Hundreds of years ago, winter was an uncertain and frightening time. Food supplies often ran low and, for the many people afraid of the dark, the short days of winter were full of constant worry. On Halloween, when it was believed that ghosts came back to the earthly world, people thought that they would encounter ghosts if they left their homes. To avoid being recognized by these ghosts, people would wear masks when they left their homes after dark so that the ghosts would mistake them for fellow spirits. On Halloween, to keep ghosts away from their houses, people would place bowls of food outside their homes to appease the ghosts and prevent them from attempting to enter.

            Tea Blendz Halloween PartyHalloween has always been a holiday filled with mystery, magic and superstition. It began as a Celtic end-of-summer festival during which people felt especially close to deceased relatives and friends. For these friendly spirits, they set places at the dinner table, left treats on doorsteps and along the side of the road and lit candles to help loved ones find their way back to the spirit world. Today’s Halloween ghosts are often depicted as more fearsome and malevolent, and our customs and superstitions are scarier too. We avoid crossing paths with black cats, afraid that they might bring us bad luck. This idea has its roots in the middle ages, when many people believed that witches avoided detection by turning themselves into cats. We try not to walk under ladders for the same reason. This superstition may have come from the ancient Egyptians, who believed that triangles were sacred; it also may have something to do with the fact that walking under a leaning ladder tends to be fairly unsafe. And around Halloween, especially, we try to avoid breaking mirrors, stepping on cracks in the road or spilling salt.

            Tea Blendz Mystic WomanBut what about the Halloween traditions and beliefs that today’s trick-or-treaters have forgotten all about? Many of these obsolete rituals focused on the future instead of the past and the living instead of the dead. In particular, many had to do with helping young women identify their future husbands and reassuring them that they would someday—with luck, by next Halloween—be married. In 18th-century Ireland, a matchmaking cook might bury a ring in her mashed potatoes on Halloween night, hoping to bring true love to the diner who found it. In Scotland, fortune-tellers recommended that an eligible young woman name a hazelnut for each of her suitors and then toss the nuts into the fireplace. The nut that burned to ashes rather than popping or exploding, the story went, represented the girl’s future husband. (In some versions of this legend, confusingly, the opposite was true: The nut that burned away symbolized a love that would not last.) Another tale had it that if a young woman ate a sugary concoction made out of walnuts, hazelnuts and nutmeg before bed on Halloween night she would dream about her future husband. Young women tossed apple-peels over their shoulders, hoping that the peels would fall on the floor in the shape of their future husbands’ initials; tried to learn about their futures by peering at egg yolks floating in a bowl of water; and stood in front of mirrors in darkened rooms, holding candles and looking over their shoulders for their husbands’ faces. Other rituals were more competitive. At some Halloween parties, the first guest to find a burr on a chestnut-hunt would be the first to marry; at others, the first successful apple-bobber would be the first down the aisle.

            Of course, whether we’re asking for romantic advice or trying to avoid seven years of bad luck, each one of these Halloween superstitions relies on the good will of the very same “spirits” whose presence the early Celts felt so keenly.


            Author:  History.com Staff


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