Friday, 31 July 2020

Orange, Ginger, and Lemon Grass Iced Tea



This refreshing Orange, ginger and lemon grass tea is not only refreshing and perfect to enjoy when it’s hot, it is full of antioxidants which is good for your health. Lemon grass aids digestion, regulates high blood pressure and it helps to boosts metabolism and burns fat. In addition ginger too has many healing properties and it’s beneficial to you in many ways. You can read about the benefits of ginger in a special ginger post I wrote recently.

This refreshing tea is great for combating heat stroke too, the vitamin C in the oranges is good for the body and to help boost the immune system. 

Although I have served this tea iced it can also be served warm in the cooler months. 



Yield: 2 servings
Author: Nayna Kanabar
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Orange, Ginger and Lemon grass iced tea

Orange, Ginger and Lemon grass iced tea

Orange and Lemon Grass iced Tea, This refreshing tea is really refreshing and the perfect cooler to enjoy on a hot summers day.
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 5 MTotal time: 10 M

Ingredients:

  • 4 Oranges
  • 1 Stalk Lemon Grass roughly chopped
  • Small piece of Fresh Ginger peeled and roughly chopped
  • 100 ml Water
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar (optional)
  • 1 Cup Ice Cubes

Instructions:

  1. Juice the Oranges and strain the juice to remove the pips. 
  2. Add half the orange juice to a pan with the water, sugar, ginger and the lemon grass and bring to a gentle simmer. The remaining half of the juice keep in the fridge to chill.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and leave the lemongrass to infuse.
  4. To serve add the infused orange juice in a jug, add the chilled orange juice and the ice cubes.
  5. Pour into tall glasses and garnish with orange slices.
Calories
199.10
Fat (grams)
0.60
Sat. Fat (grams)
0.10
Carbs (grams)
51.00
Fiber (grams)
6.16
Net carbs
44.84
Sugar (grams)
30.06
Protein (grams)
3.24
Sodium (milligrams)
8.33
Cholesterol (grams)
0.00
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Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Summer Salads made in a jiffy using OXO Mandolin and Nesting Bowls.

We have been very fortunate for the last few weeks to have had mostly good weather. The sunshine has meant that we can do a lot of the outdoor chores that were accumulating.


I have also spent a little more time in the garden growing some tomatoes, chillies, coriander and strawberries. For some one who does not have green fingers at all I am very proud of my self.



Since the weather has been hot, we have been eating mostly in the garden. Our lunches have mainly been quick and easy salads that are healthy and delicious too. 
Salads don't need to be boring, you can add not just lettuce, tomatoes radishes, onions, peppers and tomatoes but fruits in salads too. I love peaches, apricots, plums, oranges, grapes and apples in my salad too. Of course not forgetting the different varieties of melons too. Water melon and feta pair well together  and I love orange and grapefruit in my salads too to give that citrus kick.


With the recent COVIDsitation, I have been extra careful with my fruit and vegetables. As soon as I get my shopping home, I soak the fruits and vegetables in a solution made of  vinegar and bicarbonate of soda in large bowl for an hour, after which I drain the vegetables and fruits and give them a really wash and good rinse in cold water. I then leave them to air dry before storing.


I find my OXO’s 9-Piece Nesting Bowl and Colander Set is really handy in the kitchen. The set has three bowls, three colanders, and three lids in small, medium and large sizes. They bowla with the colanders really handy for washing fruits and vegetables and also for draining cooked pulses, beans, rice and pasta too.
The bowls are also perfect for baking too, the handy non-slip base keeps bowls stabilised when mixing.



Putting a salad together is really easy especially if you have a mandolin to slice the vegetables thinly. The OXO Hand-Held Mandolin Slicer is my best friend in the kitchen. It's compact and fits into my kitchen drawer and is so handy to slice my vegetables uniformly.




The mandolin has a sharp blade with a thickness adjuster to select the thickness you need and it has a special holder that you attach to the fruit or vegetable that you are slicing to keep it secure and protect your fingers from the blade. It also helps you to slice to the last bit of the fruit or vegetable with very little waste.

The mandolin is easy to clean as well, it just needs a rinse in warm soapy water. It just saves getting the food processor out as the mandolin is so quick and easy to use.


You can also add grains like couscous, quinoa and Bulgar wheat to your salads to bulk them up. Adding beans such as black eyed beans, borlotti beans, green lentils, kidney beans and chick peas are a great way to add protein to the salad. If you need some recipe inspiration The Works offers a great range of discount cookery and gardening books such as "Veg in One Bed" and "The Happy Vegan". The books are really useful with lots of lovely ideas. 




Having the right equipment in the kitchen certainly makes prepping food a lot easier. OXO have a vast range of kitchenware that is great for all types of food preparations. Don't forget to check out the OXO UK website for the full range. What is your favorite kitchen gadget that you love? Do share in the comments below.

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Tuesday, 16 June 2020

Chinese Style Fried Vegetable Rice


This is one of my favorite all time recipes to use up left over rice. The flavoursome Chinese style fried rice goes so well with sweet and sour vegetables. It is also just tasty on its own for a light lunch.

Yield: Serves 4
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Chinese Style Fried  Vegetable Rice

Chinese Style Fried Vegetable Rice

Chinese Style Fried Vegetable Rice - A really versatile and tasty dish that can be put together with basic pantry ingredients.
Prep time: 10 MCook time: 15 MTotal time: 25 M

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp Cashew Nuts
  • 1 Tbsp Sunflower Oil
  • 3 Cloves Garlic finely chopped  
  • 1 Onion finely sliced
  • 30 g Red Pepper finely sliced
  • 30 g  Green Pepper finely slice
  • 3 Spring Onions finely chopped
  • 1 Carrot peeled and shredded
  • 400 g Precooked Cold Boiled Rice
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 1 Tsp Chinese Five Spice
  • 1 Tbsp Vegetarian Stir Fry Sauce
  • 1 Tbsp Sesame Seeds

Instructions:

  1. Add oil in a wok, when it is hot add the cashew nuts and stir fry until golden brown. Remove from wok and keep to one side.
  2. In the wok add the garlic and saute, then add the peppers, onions, spring onions and carrots and stir fry until slightly soft on high heat.
  3. Add salt and the Chinese five Spice and the vegetarian stir fry sauce and mix together.
  4. Add the boiled rice and toss all the ingredients until well mixed and the rice is hot.
  5. Add the sesame seeds, freshly chopped coriander and the cashew nuts.
  6. Toss together and serve warm. The rice goes well as an accompaniment with all types of Chinese and Indo Chinese dishes.
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You can also see the you tube video of this recipe on my you tube channel.




You may like Jollof Rice

Tuesday, 9 June 2020

Middle Eastern Spicy Fruit Salad


I love fruits and salads and during lockdown, I have been trying to create different types of salads and dressings. My recent discovery is making savory and tangy fruit salads. When I was in India on holiday I tried a fruit chaat which was fruits dressed with a spicy dressing. I immediately fell in love with the idea.

This salad made with fruits is an idea I got from my recent holiday to Turkey. I have used Middle Eastern flavours of  paprika, cumin and pomegranate molasses. I love the sharp and tangy flavour of the pomegranate molasses together with the spices in this salad. The salad is delicious served cold.


Yield: 1 bowl
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Middle Eastern Spicy Fruit Salad

Middle Eastern Spicy Fruit Salad

Tangy, spicy fruit salad with Middle Eastern Flavours.
Prep time: 15 MCook time:None Total time: 15 M

Ingredients:

  • 2 Oranges peeled and cut into circles
  • 15 Red Grapes cut in halves
  • 15 Green Grapes cut in halves
  • 8 Strawberries thinly sliced
  • 2 Peaches thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon almond slivers
  • 4-5 Basil Leaves hand torn
Dressing
  • 2 Tbsp Lime Juice
  • 1/4 Tsp Chili flakes
  • 1/2 Tsp Fresh Ginger paste
  • 2 Tbsp Pomegranate Molasses
  • 1 Tbsp Coconut Sugar
  • 1/2 Tsp Salt
  • 1/2 Tsp Ground Cumin

Instructions:

  1. In  a large bowl add the prepared fruit.
  2. In a jar add the ginger, salt, ground cumin, chilli flakes, coconut sugar, lime juice and pomegranate molasses. Put the lid on and shake the jar.
  3. Pour the dressing over the fruit and toss to mix everything gently.
  4. Transfer the salad to a serving bowl and garnish with torn basil leaves and almond slivers.
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Sunday, 7 June 2020

Review Viners Assure Knife Set



I am a big foodie and I am sure all my readers know that and also know that I am also very particular about my cookware, knives, chopping boards and utensils that I use in my kitchen. Having good quality pans, chopping board and definitely knives are of paramount importance to me when doing my meal preps.

During lock down I have had time to clear out my kitchen cupboards and take stock of what I need to keep and what I need to throw out. Remember that pan with the broken handle, the blunt knifes and that chopping boards that have discoloured and so scratched that the wood has started to splinter. Well I had all these so I ruthlessly threw them all out.
I have so many pans and also a lovely new Samuel Groves pan which you can read all about in my last post so I did not need any new pans. I also have a couple of new chopping boards stashed away which are now replacing the old ones.



The only thing I did not have were some new knives, so in my search for replacements I came across this set of Assure 4 piece set of knives. The set has a 6" chef knife, 6" santoku knife, 3.5 "paring knife and a 5" utility knife. The knives have a square tip to maximise safety and soft touch handles for optimum comfort. The blades are finished with a black non stick coating too to improve their performance and they come with a 10 year guarantee.

I love the knives, as they are not bulky at all. They are  lightweight and the perfect size for everyday use. Although they can't be put in the dish washer, that is not a problem for me, as I always hand wash my knives and put them away after use, in fear of someone cutting their hands on them if placed in dishwasher. I adore my knife set and the best thing is that they are affordable at only £15.99 for the set. You can check them out and purchase them from any kitchen stockist, or on line at Viners

I would love to know what your favorite knife is in your kitchen, do let me know in the comments. Also tell be honestly now, how many of you are hoarding chipped mugs, scratched and discoloured chopping boards, pans with handles missing and coating coming off? If you have these isn't it about time you too were ruthless and cleared them out? Go on do it, you will feel better for doing it.



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Saturday, 23 May 2020

Samuel Groves Casserole Pan Review and Giveaway



We are almost into the 7th week of lock down and I am spending even more time in my kitchen. I have been clearing out the cupboards and being ruthless. I am sure like me, many of you also have pots and pans with handles missing, nonstick coating coming off that you hoard, so I decided it was time to clear out and replace my cook ware with good quality cookware. My search led me to the amazing Samuel Groves Tri Ply Stainless steel range. The heavy duty pans are made from Tri-Ply Stainless Steel and are suitable for hobs that are induction base, gas, electric or ceramic.

There are various different pan sizes available in the range but my favorite is the 20 cm casserole pan with lid. It's so versatile in its use, I use it for boiling pasta, for making stock and stews in it and its great for making a large batch of soup or chilli. The pans are dishwasher safe which is a must in today's kitchen. I also like that the handles are really secure and durable, unlike some of my cheaper pan where they are loose and dropped off. These pans are superior quality and fully designed, made and shipped in England. The pans looks sleek, smart and stylish too. The full range is available on the Samuel Groves website .


I love my 20 cm casserole pan with lid and as always I love one of my readers to be able to try the product out. The lovely people at Samuel Groves have offered to send one of my readers a 20 cm pan casserole pan with lid as a prize.

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Thursday, 7 May 2020

My Top Five Easy Time Saving Vegetarian and Vegan Recipe Hacks For Lock down


With the Lock down extended, we are spending more time at home with the family. One of the most asked questions I get from my readers is what can I cook, my kids are always hungry? I am constantly in the kitchen making breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks and I am running out ideas of what to cook without spending hours in the kitchen. I feel like I am chained to the kitchen stove!!

In this post I am going to teach you some great hacks that will free you from kitchen time. I am a vegetarian, almost vegan although not fully since I do consume dairy products like milk, butter and cheese. Being vegetarian is not difficult as it just needs carefully balancing your diet by eating the right foods. If you are already a vegetarian or vegan and worried that your body might be missing anything you can take a nutritional test  to find out if your body is lacing in anything. If you want to take the test for peace of mind I have a 15% off discount code you can use.

Back to the recipe hacks, each portion in the recipe ideas will serve an average family of four.

1. The Chilli Hack
Make a big pot of vegetarian chilli, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a pan, fry 1 onion and a couple of cloves of garlic until onions turn pink and translucent. Next add in a couple of tins of  kidney beans, 1 tin of sweetcorn, 2 tins of chopped tomatoes, 1 carrot diced, 1 courgette diced, 1 sweet potato diced, 1 each red and green peppers dice. Add  500 ml water and simmer the chilli on a low heat for 30 minutes. After 30 mins add Italian herbs, salt to taste, paprika, chilli flakes and black pepper. Simmer for another five minutes until chilli is thick and bubbling. Mash a few of the beans down with the back of the spoon to make it rich and creamy. If you have a family of 4 this makes enough for three family meals. Divide the chilli into three separate tupperware. Keep one tub for immediate use and freeze the other two for later use.

Meal One
Serve chilli in tacos with lots of salad topped with cheese, sour cream and avocado.


Meal Two
Serve chilli with spaghetti or courgetti and a side of garlic bread.

Meal three
Serve the chilli with either boiled rice or quinoa and a side salad.

2. The Smoothie Hack
Buy any seasonal fruit such as apples, pears, bananas, kiwi, peaches, melon, watermelon, nectarines, strawberries, pineapple, mangoes, blue berries, blackberries and raspberries. (Avoid oranges, clementines and satsumas are they don't freeze well) Peel if necessary like melon and kiwi, rest of the fruit  you can just wash, and chop up into 1 inch pieces.
Get some zip lock bags and make individual smoothie packs, ask your family members what they like in their smoothie mix and encourage them to make their own bags by  choosing a mix of three or more different fruits. You can also sneak in some kale, spinach, piece of ginger or fresh turmeric root to increase the health benefit. Label the smoothie packs and put into the freezer.


In the morning each person can choose their smoothie pack, put it into a blender with either 100 ml of water, plant based milk, normal milk or juice of their choice and blend. You now have a perfect glass of homemade smoothie either for breakfast or  mid morning snack. Use sweeteners such as honey or maple syrup if needed.

3. The Curry Hack
In a large pan heat 3 tablespoons of olive oil, add 4 cloves finely chopped garlic, 2 finely chopped onions and saute till onions are translucent, add 2 tins of chopped tomatoes or the a couple of boxes of passata  and 1 teaspoonful ginger paste. Next add salt to taste, 1 teaspoon of chilli powder, 1 teaspoon of turmeric powder, 1/2 teaspoon of coriander powder, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin powder and cook the mixture until oil starts to separate.Divide the curry sauce into three tubs.

Meal one 
Put the curry sauce in a frying pan and add some chopped baby spinach, saute for 2-3 minutes  and then add 2 tins of drained cooked chickpeas and 100 ml water. Simmer for 5 minutes and you have a lovely chickpea and spinach curry ready to serve with any flat bread.




Meal Two
Boil some some baby potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain and keep aside. In a pan heat up the tub of curry sauce, add the boiled potatoes and 100 ml of water. Simmer the potatoes for 5 minutes in the sauce and you have a delicious Bombay Aloo to serve with some rice.


Meal Three
Steam some cauliflower florets until tender. In a pan add the last tub of curry sauce and add 100 ml water. Now add the steamed florets and toss to cover with the curry sauce. Stir fry the cauliflower in the curry sauce for 3-4 minutes. Warm the pitta bread and split it open, fill it with cauliflower curry and top with some cooling yoghurt

4. The Roasted Vegetable Hack
In a large roasting pan add couple of red onion slices, 3 red peppers cut into slices, fennel bulb,some garlic pods, two big punnets of cherry tomatoes. Season with salt and coarsely ground black pepper and a generous drizzle of olive oil and Italian herbs. Roast the vegetables in the oven for 30 mins. Once the vegetables are roasted mash up the garlic cloves and mix everything together. Add chilli flakes at this point if you prefer a little spicy kick. Divide the mixture into two parts.

Meal One
Spread some hummus onto tortilla warps and spoon over the roasted vegetables and wrap up the tortilla. Serve the wraps with some sweet potato wedges.

Meal Two 
Boil some pasta, once its cooked add the roasted vegetables to it and toss together to heat through. Serve the  pasta with lots of Parmesan shavings and garlic bread slices.



5. The Soup Hack

In a pan heat two tablespoon full of  olive oil, add a couple of cloves of roughly chopped garlic, 2 kg of chopped tomatoes and 500 ml water. Boil the soup for 10 minutes until tomatoes are soft.
Remove from heat and blend the soup. Strain the soup to remove any skin and seeds. Return the tomato soup to the pan and season with salt and black pepper.
Divide the soup into two portions.

Meal one
Serve the tomato soup with some fresh crusty bread.

Meal two
Chop up a carrot, potato, some celery and put it all in a microwaveable pot. Cook the vegetables for 5 minutes or until tender. In a large pan add the cooked tomato soup, and add the cooked vegetables with 100 ml of water. Add a handful of mini soup pasta and simmer the soup till pasta is cooked.
Serve the vegetable soup with bread rolls.


All the recipes ideas I have shared can be frozen and cuts down on time spent in the kitchen. I hope you find these time saving these hacks useful.
I would love to hear if you have any hacks that  you use to cut down on time spent in the kitchen.

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Wednesday, 22 April 2020

Chai Spiced Dalgona Coffee


Chai Spiced Dalgona Coffee- There is a craze for this whipped coffee at the moment which you can serve hot or cold. What is Dalgona Coffee? It's basically coffee granules, sugar and water in equal quantities whipped up at high speed to make a frothy cream to use as a topping on hot or cold milk.This is a twist to the standard dalgona coffee and I got the idea to make the chai spiced dalgona coffee as I am a big fan of masala chai. I also love adding spices to my coffee in different way such as this cinnamon coffee

Yield: 2 servings
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Chai Spiced Dalgona Coffee

Chai Spiced Dalgona Coffee

Delicious chai spiced coffee with a frothy , creamy coffee cream.
Prep time: 5 MCook time: 3 MTotal time: 8 M

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tablespoons Instant Coffee
  • 4 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 4 Tablespoons hot water
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cinammon Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Cardamom Powder
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Ground Ginder Powder
  • 1 Pinch Black Pepper
  • 150 ml  Skimmed Milk

Instructions:

  1. In a large bowl add the coffee, sugar and hot water and whisk the mixture using an electric whisk for approximately three minutes., or until the mixture forms stiff peaks.  Keep aside
  2. In a jug add the milk, Cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and black pepper , mix together and microwave the milk for two minutes.
  3. Remove the milk from the microwave and stir once again.
  4. Pour the hot milk into two coffee cups and spoon over the hot milk the coffee cream that was prepared earlier
  5. Sprinkle the coffees with a pinch of cinnamon 
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Friday, 13 March 2020

What are Microgreens ?

Photo by Monika Grabkowska on Unsplash

What are Microgreens?

Microgreens are seedlings of edible vegetables and herbs, they are miniature and range in size from 1" to 1 ½" long. The vegetable greens are harvested just after the first leaves appear from a germinating seed. 

 Photo by Russ Ward on Unsplash

What are benefits of consuming microgreens ?

It is thought that microgreens contain up to five times more vitamins and minerals than the fully grown plant. They are very healthy and good for your diet as they are packed with nutrients such vitamins, C, E, and K, lutein, and beta-carotene and also rich in potassium, iron, zinc, magnesium and copper.

How can you eat microgreens ?

Microgreens are best eaten raw, as they lose their nutrients if you cook them.  They are great eaten in salads, sandwiches, added to smoothies and commonly used as garnishes to increase the nutrient value of the dish as well to enhance the look, add texture and complete the dish.

Where can you get microgreens ?

Microgreens can be purchased from many online stores and from certain supermarkets and wholefoods stores. If you find it hard to source ready grown microgreens you can easily grow your own. You can purchase a variety of seeds from any online retailer such as Garden Seeds Market or at any garden centre. Once planted they only take 2-3 weeks before you can harvest your crop. If you grow them in rotation, you will always have a constant batch ready for use.


Photos from Garden Seeds Market

What's the difference between sprouts and microgreens ?

Sprouts and micro greens are not the same. Sprouts are seeds that are grown in water.  The germination process takes 2-3 days to form sprouts and then they are ready to be eaten. Microgreens are grown in soil or grown using a hydroponic method by using mineral nutrient solutions in a water solvent. You can grow microgreens from any regular herb or vegetable seeds such as radish, onion, basil, cress, kale, pea shoots, kohlabri, dill and coriander seeds. The seeds usually take 2-3 weeks to produce shoots and leaves. As soon as the new leaves form, they are ready to be picked and eaten.


How can grow your own microgreens ?
  1. Get a shallow tray and fill with a layer of potting compost.
  2. Scatter the seeds over the potting compost and cover the seeds with another thin layer of potting compost.
  3. Lightly spray the compost with some water and place the tray on a window ledge.
  4. Spray the tray daily just keeping the compost damp but not too wet. You should see the microgreens sprouting through the soil within 2-3 weeks. They are ready for picking once tiny leaves form.
Picture by A Kuotsova -Pixabay
How to store microgreens ?

Wash the harvested microgreens so that any dirt or soil is cleaned off. Pat them dry then wrap then in kitchen paper and store in a container in the fridge. They usually stay fresh up to a week if kept in this way.

It has become very fashionable in the culinary world to see dishes garnished with microgreens. They not only increase the nutritional value of the dish but they are a great garnishing ingredient too to enrich the look of the dish.

Do you use microgreens ? Which herbs and greens are your favourite? Do share in the comments.

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Thursday, 12 March 2020

Choosing The Perfect Tea For Every Mood




Choosing The Perfect Tea For Every Mood

The peaceful and calming effects of tea are well known. What makes drinking tea even better is that it offers lots of health benefits to your body, which makes it feel great. Tea boosts your brain and attentiveness and provides you with the much-required energy in accordance with the mood that you have. There is a common fact that rooibos tea, green tea, oolong tea, and black tea, among others, contain loads of health benefits.

Did you know that tea can also affect your mood?

Teas are full of essential oils, minerals, antioxidants, and these have a direct result on your mood in an excellent way. Therefore, drinking teas help with several mood swings and mood problems. Did you know that there is a type of tea for each mood and drinking a particular type of tea can change your mood completely? Read on to know more about different types of tea for different moods.

Stress & anxiety

Camomile tea is well known to reduce stress and anxiety, consequently promoting calmness. It has positive effects because it increases the flow of blood to the brain and works against the effect of cortisol (the stress hormone). Interestingly, chamomile tea also has other health-related benefits as it helps in acne and eczema skincare.
Ashwagandha and green tea are also excellent for improving mood. Consumption of green tea increases serotonin and dopamine, which has been associated with lessening depression symptoms. If you feel like you have a multitude of things on your shoulders, just drink a cup of chamomile, ashwagandha, or green tea. It will make you feel much calmer and relaxed. The citrus and the lemon taste will help to keep your mind and body tranquil.

Feeling sad

Sadness is a strong emotion, a feeling that is not enjoyed; however, it is an unavoidable part of our lives. If you are feeling sad, mint tea is very beneficial in comforting you during your down moments. The menthol contained in mint tea has calming properties.

Sleepy

Lavender tea is the most excellent tea to stimulate sleep. It helps to slow down the circulation of blood, as a result slowing down your heart rate and slowing the activity of the nervous system too. Lavender is part of the mint family and helps to encourage relaxation and ease of mind, which allows you to have a sound and uninterrupted peaceful sleep.

Are you having trouble getting up in the morning?

For the majority of the people, it is always complicated when it comes to getting out of bed, Chai or Black tea helps to awaken you, and probably that is why it is the most common morning tea consumed by everybody all over the globe. This tea has natural stimulants in it, such as caffeine, which is relatively a wake up call. It also contains very healthy minerals which help to arouse your mind making it be more alert.


Brain Function

Oolong tea combines both the qualities of green and dark teas, giving it quite a lot of remarkable health benefits. Its benefits on brain function are amazing since the caffeine increases the release of dopamine and norepinephrine: two brain messengers which are known to benefit brain function, mood, and attention.

Other benefits of Oolong tea are helping to boost metabolism and reducing stress, and this helps you to feel great every day. It contains theanine, an amino acid that is responsible for the relaxing effect of this tea. Theanine helps to boost attention as well and relieve anxiety. It increases attention and alertness in the first 1 to 2 hours after taking it.

Restlessness

Tart cherry tea is very effective in fighting restlessness. It usually slows down the flow of blood, just like lavender tea. By this, you feel calm and relaxed.

Feeling Energized

Ginger tea is packed with mood-boosting benefits, which cause a lot of improvement in the energy levels, and it gives a feeling of warmness as well as comfort. Ginger tea helps your body to absorb nutrients and also improve your circulation. This tea is a wonderful drink to give your body a boost ahead of taking any exercise.


Angry

Mood swings might, at times, make you feel upset and angry, making you develop temporary hate towards each and everything. Lemon or orange tea helps to increase your mood while at the same time, reduce your anger. Apart from the taste, the smell itself will calm you down. This tea is highly packed with vitamin C and is a wonderful antioxidant. In addition, its citrus aroma makes you feel refreshed after having a bad day.


Emotional wellness

Peppermint tea gives you emotional wellness and helps to keep you cool. When you feel like you are broken or emotionally down, just drink peppermint tea, it will definitely make you feel better.

Happy and positive

The Indian masala chai helps to cheer you up right away and gives you a happy and a positive feeling. It works wonders and especially if you have various serious office work to be done. This tea contains spice like clove, cardamom, and ginger, among others, that helps in promoting positivity as well as generating serotonin. Peppermint tea also helps to increase your mood; it brings about loads of happiness and positivity to your day. Taking these teas is much healthier than having a bag of chocolate.



Exhausted

If you're feeling exhausted and worn out, don't look any further, go for green tea. This is because Green tea has L-theanine, which increases the alpha brain waves. This is similar to what takes place when you are thinking. Drinking a cup of green tea on a daily basis does wonders; it helps to cleanse your body and is amazing for your mind as well. If you had a long day, drinking this tea will make you feel much refreshed and calm.


Depression

Depression is the most common mental illness in this day and age. This is because of the lifestyle that many people are living in. Lemongrass tea contains essential oils that have the same mode of action as that of antidepressants. It is packed with additional anxiety-reducing properties.

Fatigue

In case you have a problem with concentration and daydreaming, or you have a busy long day at work, black tea offers the most excellent results. Having a few sips of a warm and blended black tea makes you become rejuvenated, ready for the day as well as having a clear mental alertness

Nervous or scared

If you have a big test or interview, and you are feeling more anxious, consuming cherry tea will help you to calm your nerves.The minerals contained in this tea helps in satisfying your body and preparing you for anything that is ahead of you.


There are different types of tea to suit every mood. Why not start experimenting with brewing and trying these various teas to understand how they can help to overcome your mood and rejuvenate you. A cup of tea can have a positive effect on your state of mind so why not take up drinking tea to manage your moods.

Do you drink tea to help with your mood? I would love to know any tips you have, do share in the comments below.

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