Thursday, May 02, 2013
FANCY A CUPPA?
Not for me thank you!
Britain is described as a nation of tea lovers. When you visit family and friends, you’re offered a cuppa, and when you go abroad, it’s assumed you want a cuppa. 165,000,000 cups of tea are being drunk in the UK every day, and globally it’s reported to be the most consumed beverage second only to water. I’m not a tea or coffee drinker and in my years of existence, I've probably only had one cup of tea and it didn't leave me “dying” for another cuppa; I just found it rather insipid. Apart from its quintessential association with the Queen, I don’t really understand the story behind our tea ‘obsession’.
My beverage of choice is water; yes I know this is equally as insipid, but it’s chilled and that makes it much more palatable for me. I drink water simply because it’s cheap (although I wouldn't mind trying the Bling H20 bottled water, just to see why it’s $40 for 750mls), zero calorie and great for your skin!
So the reason I wanted to discuss this today is because I belong to a community called ‘Yelp Birmingham’, which supports local businesses by holding promotional events. I attended one such event at the Greenhouse Café, which launched earlier this year. It was a brunch (yes darling, brunch) event and as we all ordered our food and drink, I was the only one who hadn't ordered a tea or coffee; this isn't unusual, but the person sitting next to me was surprised I didn't drink tea or coffee, and so I got in to the usual conversation about my abstinence from these hot drinks.
Anyway, here’s a few snapshots from the brunch at Greenhouse Cafe:
I was fascinated and impressed that the tea came out with an egg-timer, so that the tea infused to perfection - yes, you're thinking it doesn't take much to fascinate and impress me, well it does, I've just led a sheltered life when it comes to tea and coffee!
The person next to me had eggs Benedict and the person to the other side of me had a bacon and egg bagel. I don't usually make a habit of taking pictures of my own food, let alone other people's food but everyone else was doing it, so I thought why not! We are not eating off newspaper by the way, they decorated the table with newspaper cuttings and then cleverly varnished over it.
And this was my choice - pancakes with maple syrup and bacon; it was delish. I could have had them with fresh fruit, but I thought I'd treat myself! You see, I follow the 80/20 rule with my dietary regime - 80% healthy, 20% treat. And yep, that's my orange juice and water peeking through the background.
Despite my personal dislike of tea, I do still recommend, in particular green tea, to my tea-loving clients because of its powerful health benefits:
- Tea contains zero calories, if you haven’t added milk and sugar to it of course, so it's great if you are trying to manage your weight
- Tea can count towards your recommended daily fluid intake (1.5-2 litres per day) - it doesn’t have to be just water
- Green tea has been linked to a reduced risk of Alzheimer’s disease, stroke , certain cancers, improved heart health and oral health, as well as benefits in weight management
- Green tea is rich in antioxidants, which can support the body’s cells in fighting oxidative stress, which can otherwise lead to disease. Specific antioxidants in green tea (flavonoids) are responsible for it’s heart-healthy properties
- To maximise the beneficial effects of tea you should drink it throughout the day to maintain a high level of antioxidants within your bloodstream - but remember pinkies up!
- Whether the tea is hot or cold, the health benefits are the same, so if you are not a fan of a cup of hot tea, try iced tea like I do sometimes!
What’s your favourite thirst-quencher? – do you enjoy a good cuppa tea?
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