Boost Your Exercise With Tea

By July 25, 2016 Health & Lifestyle

One of the absolute best ways to live a happier and healthier life is to exercise! Before your next workout, skip the energy drink or sugar-packed pre-workout supplement and get a natural boost of energy with a glass of quality tea.

Instead of having that jittery feeling or “crash” that comes with artificially made beverages (or even too much coffee), you’ll get a nice, smooth increase of energy from tea that will help power you to your best workout ever. Here’s what you should know.

Boost Exercise Tea

Using Tea to Exercise

To enhance your exercise experience, try drinking tea about 15 to 30 minutes before you actually begin working out. This will give your body a chance to adjust to the energy boost and give you time to feel truly prepared to work up a sweat.

It’s also a good idea to pick a tea that will boost your energy levels without having to drink too much of it. (Drinking two or three glasses before a workout, for example, may cause you to feel heavy and bloated, which won’t be conducive to a great workout.)

Then, once your exercise is finished, you can drink a little more tea to refresh yourself. Why? Well, if you work out in the morning before work, drinking some tea post-workout can help prevent feelings of fatigue and retain your energy levels so you can feel great throughout the day.

Picking the Right Tea for Your Workout

When picking the right tea for your exercise, choose one that you enjoy naturally so you don’t have to add anything to it; putting sugary add-ons into your tea could give you a sugar crash later in the gym.

Here are some great choices for our teas that give you an energy boost:

What if you’re about to enjoy a relaxing and invigorating activity like a yoga workout? Try a tea that will gently stimulate your mind and senses like:

If you’re serious about improving your health and staying in shape, try finding a nice tea to compliment your exercises. There are many more out there so feel free to sample as many as you like to get the best one for you. Your body will thank you and you will feel much better than you did with energy drinks and over-caffeinated beverages.

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White Coconut Creme Tea Pops

By July 22, 2016 Cocktails, Mocktails & More

Summer is in full swing and we’re looking for any way to escape this heat! These frosty popsicles made from our delicious White Coconut Creme tea are refreshing and perfect for tea lovers of all ages!

White Coconut Creme is a delightfully flavorful tea, so you don’t need to use many other ingredients to make delectable coconut creme popsicles. Make these healthy, vegan-friendly treats to wow guests at any summer soiree. (Or you can just keep a stash in your freezer to satisfy a sweet tooth!) 

White Coconut Creme Pops - Art of Tea

To make these, you’ll have to cold brew the White Coconut Creme tea for 8-10 hours. This will yield a smooth, full flavor with less tannins. Although this method sounds intimidating, it’s actually super simple! Our Iced Tea Brewing Guide gives full instructions on how to prep your tea this way.

The smooth and creamy elements of our award winning White Coconut Creme pair perfectly with coconut milk for a quick and easy treat that can be enjoyed all year round!

White Coconut Creme Tea Pops
  1. 8 oz. White Coconut Creme Tea
  2. 8 oz. Coconut Cream
  1. Cold brew the White Coconut Creme tea for 8-12 hours.
  2. Pour a layer of coconut cream into popsicle molds, freeze for approximately 1 hour.
  3. Remove from freezer and pour a layer of white coconut creme tea over the coconut cream in the molds. Freeze for 1 hour.
  4. Alternate layers until the mold is filled, freeze for 24 hours.
  5. Enjoy!
White Coconut Creme Pops - Art of Tea

Whether you’re making these for a backyard BBQ or just to enjoy on a warm summer day, the light and creamy coconut flavor will leave you feeling like you’re laying on the beach.

If you try this recipe out at home, be sure to share your photos with us on Twitter or Instagram by tagging Art of Tea or using the hashtag #MyArtofTea

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5 Most Relaxing Teahouses in the World

By July 20, 2016 History and Culture of Tea

What’s more relaxing than indulging in a delicious cup of tea? Drinking tea in an amazing place, of course!

Imagine enjoying your tea in an adorable stone-cottage teahouse tucked away in a secluded area, with beautiful nature just outside your window. Inside this dream location, you can find plush and comfortable couches and armchairs and shelves full of classic books. Meanwhile, you’re serenaded with the gentle sounds of tea brewing, birds chirping, and the water running in a nearby water fountain.

5 Most Relaxing Teahouses

Feel relaxed yet?

Believe it or not, locations like this actually exist around the world — they offer amazing tea and an unforgettable experience. Where are these places? Read on to find out.

1. The Bat’s Wing Tea Room

It should come as no surprise that the United Kingdom is home to some of the oldest and most interesting tearooms in the world. The Bat’s Wing Tea Room is one of these amazing spots located in the United Kingdom’s Godshill, Isle of Wight.

It’s a historic 16th century tearoom that’s a sight to behold — it looks more like a cottage than a commercial tearoom. It’s right off a main road with gardens and quaint shops nearby. (They also sell hand-made lace, adding to the historic feeling.)

2. Fort Mackinac Tea Room

Mackinac Island is located at the tip of Michigan in Lake Huron and the island is home to Fort Mackinac, which housed soldiers in the 1780s.

The Fort Mackinac Tea Room sits over the edge of the historic Grand Hotel. If you want to relax while sipping on your tea and having lunch, this is a remarkable place you need to see — the views from the patio are amazing and feature lush trees, green grounds, historic buildings, and a breathtaking view of the harbor.

3. Impala and Peacock: The Brunswick Tea Room

The Impala and Peacock is located in Melbourne, Australia, and is considered one of the top teahouses in the world. The ambiance is old fashioned, yet high-end and glamorous, with a cozy feel — it’s a fantastic place to catch up with friends and enjoy their wide array of cupcakes and pastries.

They even have tea tastings! This place is a tea-lover’s dream and, if you’re planning a trip “Down Under,” you might want to add it to your list.

4. Happo-En

In Japan, tea is practically an art form. (In fact, Japan is known to have tea ceremonies to showcase the tea-making procedures for matcha green tea.) At Happo-En, meaning “garden of eight views,” you can walk in the garden and enjoy the natural views of Edo Japan. The colors of the trees in the spring are astounding and the nearby stream creates an enchanting ambiance that visitors adore.

Also, their teahouse is traditional, complete with service on floor mats. They even offer packages to walk through the garden, have lunch, and witness an authentic tea ceremony. They do require reservations ahead of time, so plan accordingly.

5. Le Meurice

Although Paris is perhaps better known for its outdoor cafés and coffee, it’s home to some of the most beautiful tearooms in the world.

Within the five-star hotel, Le Meurice, lies Restaurant Le Dai, which serves afternoon tea. It’s an elegant environment with large historical paintings, a beautiful ceiling mural, and gorgeous lighting. The hotel even calls the interior “quirky” because of its unique designs, which include canvas drawings on the back of the chairs. Next time you’re in France, stop here to relax and enjoy an amazing pairing of afternoon tea and delicious French pastries.

Relaxing at Home

Fortunately, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own town! Amazing teahouses are more common than you think and you might be able to plan a tea-inspired escape in your local area.

And if not, head outside or go to your favorite room, pour yourself a cup, sit back, and relax with your favorite tea.

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