10 Healthy Homemade Iced Teas for Hot Days | The Health Sessions

10 Healthy Homemade Iced Teas for Hot Days

What’s more refreshing on a hot Summer’s day than iced tea? Luckily, it’s easy to make your own healthy homemade iced tea – especially if you choose great tasting iced tea blends. Steep your favourite loose leaf tea in just-boiled water and add a natural sweetener of your liking while your tea’s still hot. Finally, add exciting flavours like sliced fruit, citrus peel, fresh herbs and health-boosting spices. Now all that’s left to do is have enough patience to cool your iced tea in the fridge!

Take a look at these 10 healthy homemade iced teas to get you started. 

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Milk Alternatives: 8 Popular Plant-Based Milks Compared | The Health Sessions

Milk Alternatives: 8 Popular Plant-Based Milks Compared

This article is written by Sarah Hollenbeck. 

It seems like every day there is a new nut, seed or veggie getting turned into a milk. And with each version touting its own unique benefits, milk alternatives are a great addition to any well-rounded diet and a fun way add in some variety to your beverages and baked goods. But how do you know which version is right for you? No matter if you are avoiding diary or simply looking to branch out and try new things, there is a milk alternative option perfectly suited to your taste, texture and dietary preferences.

The folks over at Snap Kitchen put together the ultimate guide to the most popular milk alternative options, breaking down everything you need to know about each option including the nutritional content, taste, texture  and expert tips for how to best use each plant-based option in your favorite meals and baked goods!

Check out the infographic below for more information and get started experimenting with all that milk alternatives have to offer.

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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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