10 Tea Recipes: How to Use Tea in Every Drink and Dish | The Health Sessions

10 Tea Recipes: How to Use Tea in Every Drink and Dish

My dad used to joke that my mom and I don’t have blood running through our veins but tea. Honestly, I don’t even think it’s that much of an exaggeration. Because honestly, what’s more comforting than a big warm mug of tea?

Thankfully for me, a cup of tea really does make everything better. Tea is packed with disease-fighting antioxidants, called polyphenols and flavonoids. Drinking 3 cups of black tea per day reduces your risk of heart disease and improves your blood sugar levels. The slight caffeine buzz from tea also improves your alertness and focus.

Green tea contains even more health-boosting powers, thanks to its production process. Because the tea leaves are steamed and dried soon after harvest, green tea contains higher levels of antioxidants than black tea. One antioxidant in particular, called epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), seems to be responsible for the health benefits of green tea, like inhibiting tumor growth in animal studies and boosting your brain functions.

Whether you enjoy a cup of Earl Grey, jasmine green tea or herbal infusions, there’s a flavour for every taste and every occasion. What most of us don’t realize, is that tea can be used in more ways than just putting a tea bag in boiled water. Besides making iced tea, you can use ground matcha in lattes, a mix of chai in baked goods or make tea-smoked savory dishes.

So get the health benefits from tea with every meal with these 10 tasty tea recipes.

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9 Coffee Alternatives to Try If You're Cutting Back on Caffeine | The Health Sessions

9 Coffee Alternatives to Try If You’re Cutting Back on Caffeine

Does drinking (too much) coffee make you jittery, anxious or makes it harder to fall asleep? You’re not alone.

There’s a lot of conflicting evidence about coffee. Some research states that a moderate caffeine consumption may actually be good for you, while other studies found adverse side-effects of excess caffeine, like insomnia, anxiety and heart palpations.

One of the explanations for these mixed results may lie in your genes. Thanks to genetic variations, some people produce a less active version of the enzyme responsible for metabolizing caffeine than others. If that’s the case, caffeine will stay in your body and brain for a longer period of time. As a result, the physiological effects of caffeine will be more pronounced. That’s why slow-metabolizers experience are more sensitive to consuming caffeine than fast-metabolizers.

And of course, things like your liver health, use of oral contraceptives or being pregnant also play a role in caffeine sensitivity. 

Whatever your reasons for wanting to cut back on caffeine, you can still wake up to a warming, energizing drink. Try these 9 coffee alternatives to start your day off with a bang. 

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Mocktail Hour: 12 Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Your Next Party | The Health Sessions

Mocktail Hour: 12 Non-Alcoholic Drinks for Your Next Party

Are you always the one sipping soda at parties because you’re on medication, the designated driver or simply don’t like the taste of wine? Just because you don’t drink alcohol, doesn’t mean you can’t have a fabulous, sophisticated drink. Mocktails are fresh and festive blends that forgo the liquor but keep the flavour. From a virgin version of classic drinks like mojitos and pina colada to elegant limeades, there’s a fun nonalcoholic beverage for every occasion. Have a look at these 12 booze-free drinks for your next mocktail hour.

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14 Fresh Recipes for a Healthy Picnic | The Health Sessions

14 Fresh Recipes for a Healthy Picnic

It’s one of my daughter’s favourite activities: having a picnic.

It doesn’t really matter where – in the park, the garden, or even in front of the TV on cold winter days. Because what’s more leisurely than lounging around with a variety of foods you can eat with your hands?

Now that the weather’s warming up, it’s time to round up some outdoor-friendly recipes that are easy to pack up. Some days a simple sandwich with snacks and refreshments will do just fine. But if you’re looking for something special to turn a sunny afternoon in the park into a mini vacation, check out these 14 vibrant dishes and drinks!

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5 Amazing Coffee Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle | The Health Sessions

5 Amazing Coffee Recipes for a Healthy Lifestyle

This is a guest post by Monica Henin from Addonkitchen.com.  

If you are one of those coffee lovers who drink in order to get that extra kick in the morning, then you will be surprised to know that coffee is actually a healthy food. Coffee is seen as a drink that will ruin health, but actually, it is a health booster.

People just need to drink it in the right way and in the right quantity – coffee is a stimulant so it may be less beneficial for those sensitive to caffeine. Coffee is rich in antioxidants and polyphenols, which help fight against a number of body ailments. On top of that, coffee tastes great, so there is no reason to avoid this amazing beverage. Those who are following a healthy diet can also enjoy coffee, given they buy organic coffee beans.

They can grind coffee beans at home in Gaggia Accademia coffee maker and make themselves a nice cup of coffee every day. But, isn’t a plain cup of coffee boring? I mean especially if it is consumed every day, 365 days a year, it surely is going to become boring someday.

To avoid this boredom, I will share five coffee recipes that can be enjoyed by everybody including those following healthy diet.

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