Smoked Chicken Salad with Black Tea Dressing Recipe

Black tea is not only a popular beverage, but it can at the same time be used to make excellent salad dressings! For this smoked chicken salad you need the following ingredients:

  • 225 gram smoked chicken
  • 115 grams of raisins
  • 2 small pears
  • 100 gram of chestnuts
  • 1 crop of lettuce

Ingredients for dressing:

  • 1 or 2 tablespoon of loose black Chinese tea leaves
  • 80 ml yoghurt
  • 60 ml of apple juice
  • 1/4 tablespoon of black pepper (buy fresh and grind yourself)
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard

Preparation Chicken salad with tea dressing

For the dressing, bring the apple juice to boil in a pan. Turn of the heat and sprinkle the tea leaves in the pan and let it steep for 5 minutes. Afterwards, separate the leaves from the steeped apple juice tea and let it cool down.

Separate the leaves from the steeped apple juice tea and let it cool down.

Once the tea has cooled, add mustard, yoghurt, pepper and salt. Then mix the ingredients well.

Soak the raisins in boiling water for at least 10 minutes . They must eventually be soft. Rinse them with water and let them drain.
Wash the lettuce and let it dry. Divide the salad among 4 plates dry.

Cut the smoked chicken into chunks or stripes. Peel the pears and remove the core. Cut the pears into thin slices. Peel the water chestnuts and cut them into slices as well.

Put the smoked chicken, grapes, pears and water chestnuts in a bowl. Pour about half the dressing with it. (There will be 1 tablespoon of dressing per person left). Mix everything well together.

Divide the chicken salad on 4 plates and pour another the remaining dressing over each plate. Serve and enjoy! Dare to try and share your thoughts ūüėČ

Green Tea and Black Tea Caffeine

When it comes to comparing tea with coffee or comparing different tea categories, the most discussed topic is caffeine content. While it’s safe to assume that any tea should have significantly less caffeine than coffee, this is more difficult for caffeine levels between tea types.

Based on general consensus we can assume the amount of caffeine to in tea to be the highest for pu erh tea and black tea and lower for green tea and white tea. However, according to one of our visitors, there has been some recent research that provides proof that green tea contains actually more caffeine than black tea. Here’s his question:

Apparently there is some minor controversy about the difference between the caffeine levels in green and red teas (referred to as ‘black’ here in the U.S.), and that some think that green tea has more caffeine than red tea, which is contrary to common assumptions. Recent technological developments helped discover this, some claim. Do you have any thoughts on this? Are you aware?

First of all, I would like to point out that it’s really hard to determine which tea has more caffeine than others. First of all, are we talking about the real content of caffeine per gram of leaf? Or per cup of x mg of tea? Determining the caffeine content per gram of leaf should be really easy as this is a chemical analysis. However, the result might not be relevant as what matters is how much we finally consume by drinking tea.

The are simply to many factors that can affect the amount of caffeine in a cup of tea, which makes it really hard to draw any general conclusions:

  1. Steeping temperature: the higher the steeping temperature the more caffeine the leaves will release. What also matters for researchers is that whether they should steep green tea and black tea both at the same temperature or at the usual recommended temperatures (e.g. black tea at 100 degrees Celsius and green tea at 80 degrees Celsius). Scientifically steeping both teas at the same temperature would make sense, but this would not represent how real tea lovers steep their tea and therefore it would also not reflect true caffeine content.
  2. Steeping time: the longer you steep, the more caffeine will be released in a cup. The same comment regarding steeping temperature is valid here: would you steep both green tea and black tea for the same amount of time, or follow how tea drinkers behave in practice?
  3. Crushed versus loose leaves: Crushed leaves will release more caffeine than full loose leaves.
  4. Tea tips versus larger leaves: Tea tips usually contains slightly more caffeine than larger leaves. However, it still hard to say what amount ends up in your cup since tea tips are usually less oxidized, which brings us to the next topic.
  5. Oxidation level: less oxidized teas usually release less caffeine. Though it’s true that tea tips contain more caffeine, they usually in the end release less caffeine because they are usually less oxidized (e.g. silver needle tea and dragon well tea)
  6. Processing: the more dense the tea becomes after processing the slower it will release caffeine. Take for instance jasmine dragon pearls. Because they are curled into pearls, it will release it’s caffeine more slowly.
  7. Steeping step: the first steep will release more caffeine than the steeps after. In China, most people will rinse the leaves for a few seconds before steeping. The question is whether researchers should take practice this into account when setting up their research.

Given all the factors above, we could say that ‘tea type’ is just one of the factors that could be added to the list above. Still, I do believe that we can still generally assume that green tea does contain less caffeine than black tea.

Clean Your Windows With Black Tea

Tea doesn’t have to just be for drinking, it can help you around the house as well. It can help get rid of bad odors, help the puffyness under your eyes, and as cited in this article, can be used to clean your windows. It makes a streak free shine that is non-toxic and in a way that can’t hurt the environment or anyone you care about.

To do this, you use black tea. The blogger on Networx brewed the tea for an hour to get all of the tannins out, around a cup, then transferred it to a spray bottle and cleaned windows and mirrors with it.  Below is the picture of the results, the left hand cleaned by tea, the right by plain water:

Clean Your Windows With Black Tea

There are less streaks and it is a crystal clear window. The writer also advised using old newspaper to clean windows – apparently it has less streaks and you can recycle it afterwards.

So that’s definitely something to try in terms of tea. Maybe one Sunday, with particularly dirty windows, armed with your old newspaper and the rest of that pot of black tea, you can make your windows shine. It sure is one way to make your tea drinking super sustainable.

The Ten Commandments of Breakfast Tea

Sometimes in the mornings you just need a good hearty cup of breakfast tea. It’s warm, delicious, and a great way to pick you up and start your day right. It’s clearer than coffee and makes you better than that can of diet coke. There is really no right or wrong way to drink tea, but via Golden Moon tea, here are the ten commandments of Breakfast tea:

Commandment 1: Thou Shall use Loose Tea ‚Äď Teabags just don‚Äôt cut it. It leaves my tea tasting thin and unflavorful.

Commandment 2:¬†Thou Shall Warm your Teapot ‚Äď A cold teapot will suck the heat out of the water leaving a tepid brew.

Commandment 3: Thou Shall Steep your Tea for the Recommended Time ‚Äď Too little time and the tea will turn out weak. Too much and it will be too astringent.

Commandment 4:¬†Thou Shall use Boiling Water ‚Äď If the water is less than boiling, the tea will taste watery.

Commandment 5:¬†Thou Shall rinse your Tea Leaves ‚Äď Rinsing the tea leaves helps to ‚Äúawaken‚ÄĚ the leaves, therefore ensuring a great cup of tea.

Commandment 6:¬†Thou Shall use 2% Milk ‚Äď Tea purists will scoff at this one, but I cannot be without milk in my morning tea‚Ķonly my morning tea. Skim milk is too thin, while whole milk overpowers the flavor. 2% is perfect.

Commandment 7:¬†Thou Shall use Honey ‚Äď Once again, purists will disagree. This is purely a matter of taste. Honey provides a richness that sugar cannot replicate.

Commandment 8:¬†Thou Shall pour the Milk in the Teacup First ‚Äď This has been highly debated amongst tea enthusiasts for years. I like to pour the milk in first because I use the same cup every day and know exactly how much to pour. It also gives me something to do while the tea is steeping.

Commandment 9:¬†Thou Shall Drink Out of a Porcelain Cup ‚Äď Porcelain provides a smooth surface that gives tea a pure flavor. My tea cup may be my most cherished possession.

Commandment 10:¬†Thou Shall drink your Tea Before Brushing your Teeth ‚Äď Even if I wait 30 minutes before having my tea (which is almost impossible within itself) I can still taste the minty-ness of the toothpaste. An important tip to remember is to make sure you brush your teeth after drinking your tea or your coworkers may hate you all day!

As I said earlier, there is no right or wrong way to drink tea, but this is definitely a fun and interesting perspective on how to drink your breakfast tea. If you’re not a loose leaf black tea person, maybe it’s something to try, or even try honey in your tea, or a porcelain tea cup. Either way, let there be tea.

A Guide To Medicinal Teas

There comes a time when you just need to step away from Web MD or google searching the symptoms to rare diseases. If you’re feeling bad, the best thing for you could be to just settle down with a cup of tea. It could help your health way more than worrying about rare diseases you could’ve contracted at Walmart.

Here is a great infographic, a guide to medicinal teas, that could not only help you settle down, but help your health:

A Guide To Medicinal Teas

Whether you go with chamomile, hibiscus, green, oolong or the tried and true black tea – taking a moment to have a cup of tea could really help your health and maybe take some of the worry away. Though it should be noted that if you have serious health concerns you should go see a doctor.

Black Tea Health Benefits Overview

We are happy to announce that Teasenz has published a summary of major black tea studies on black health benefits. In summary black tea is found to be beneficial in the following ways:

– improve cardiovascular health (heart)
– weight (obesity)
– cancer prevention
– diabetes prevention
– antibacterial effects
– improve work performance and alertness

If you are interested in other tea information also feel free to visit our tea info page.

Eight Reasons to Drink Tea

Eight Reasons to Drink Tea

More and more studies are coming out every day about the health benefits of tea. Green, Black, White, Oolong, or Herbal – the brewed stuff can really help your health.

Nutritionist Patricia Bannan of Zeenews.com offers Eight Reasons to Drink Tea:

1. Prevents Cavities –¬†Tea contains a small amount of natural fluoride, a chemical that can help prevent tooth decay.¬†When fluoride mixes with saliva, bacteria can`t produce the acid by-products that promote cavities. Additionally, fluoride works to repair teeth in the early stages of tooth decay.

2. Helps you Lose Weight-  Studies  show that  catechins , antioxidants, in green tea extract may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and decreasing body fat, especially in the abdominal  area.

3. Could Possibly Prevent Cancer-  Evidence shows the polyphenols in tea, particularly catechins, have biological activities that may be relevant to cancer prevention.  These antioxidants have also been shown to inhibit tumor growth: green teas specifically have been shown to activate detoxification enzymes that may help protect against tumor development.
One study from Italy found drinking three cups of green tea daily prevented prostate cancer in men who had precancerous cells indicating the presence of the disease.However, because the studies are inconclusive, the National Cancer Institute does not recommend for or against the use of tea to reduce the risk of any type of cancer.

4. Hydrates You Р Scientists now agree the `eight glasses of water a day` rule is misleading and drinks such as tea and coffee can hydrate the body just like water. It`s still a good idea to aim for moderate caffeine intake, with no more than one to two cups at a time.

5. Can Prevent Stroke –¬†study, published in the journal Stroke, found that long-term consumption of black, green, oolong or white tea can cut the risk of strokes by as much as 60 percent.

6. Could Help With Neurological Diseases Р Tea might also help in the prevention and treatment of neurological diseases, especially degenerative diseases like Alzheimer`s.  Research shows the polyphenols in green tea may help prevent neurotransmitters involved in brain function, like dopamine and epinephrine, from degrading. It may also inhibit senile plaques from depositing in the brain, which impairs cognition. One to two cups of green tea a day may even  boost your learning and memory.

7. ¬†Can Help Your Bones –¬†Green tea has been found to improve bone mineral density and strength.¬†Studies have shown that elderly women who drank tea had higher bone density in their hips and less bone loss than women who didn’t drink tea.

8. Helps Immune System –¬†White tea has been found to be effective at fighting infections caused by staph and streptococcus bacteria, pneumonia and tooth decay. ¬†Researchers think the natural chemicals contained in white tea might provide many benefits to the immune system and overall health.

So those are Eight Reasons more to keep drinking tea and even to vary what type of tea you’re drinking. This isn’t a definitive list of all the ¬†things tea can do ¬†( some haven’t even been discovered yet). So explore the world of tea, whether it is venturing into floral tea or trying black tea for the first time – it can only benefit you.

 

 

 

 

Black Tea can Lower Blood Pressure Variation at Night

Black Tea can Lower Blood Pressure Variation at Night

According to a new study, Black Tea can lower blood pressure variation at Night.  In this study researchers randomly assigned 11 individuals with systolic blood pressure of 115-150 millimeters of mercury to drink three cups daily of black tea or a caffeine-containing flavonoid-free control drink for six months to look at the potential effects of black tea on blood pressure variation. Blood pressure variation measurements were collected throughout the study.

They found that individuals in the tea group had significantly lower blood pressure variation at night by about 10 percent, but not during the day, when compared to the control group. The authors noted that these effects were present on day one of the study and were maintained at each check point throughout the study. The authors concluded that other components of black tea, not just caffeine, may beneficially lower blood pressure variability at night.

In addition to this discovery, several studies suggest that green tea may have an effect on blood pressure. Furthermore, multiple human trials have reported small reductions in blood pressure with intake of omega-3 fatty acids.

The fact that Black Tea can lower blood pressure variation at night is good news for black tea drinkers out there, and Green Tea drinkers in addition. It’s one more reason to keep drinking the stuff.

Black Tea Output is Up Globally

Black Tea Output is up Globally

Tea has been doing well for itself these days, not only in health but in commerce. Recent reports have found that black tea output is up globally. Global black tea production during January-February this year increased by 7.13 million kg  to 113.62 mkg compared with the same period a year ago. Output in Malawi and Indonesia indicates a drop over last year. Malawi’s February output dropped by 2.20 million kg  to dip to 5.10 mkg. Indonesia’s output dropped marginally by 0.30 mkg to total 4.30 mkg.

Uganda is the other country reporting 2.16 mkg loss with production dipping to 2.97 mkg. All other nations are reporting an increase in production. At this point, Kenya tops the world black tea production table at 45.39 mkg followed by Sri Lanka 23.20 mkg

North India production will pick up only after April when winter ends. For the present, India ranks third in global production chart at 21.77 mkg (18.89 mkg). Of this, South Indian output accounts for 19.11 mkg and North Indian, 2.66 mkg.

The fact that black tea output is up globally means that more and more people are brewing and drinking the stuff. The more people are producing to sell, the more people are expected to buy. Whether it is all the health discoveries, the growing popularity, or even that black tea just tastes good – black tea is output is up globally and up in people’s teacups.

Reasons to Drink Chai Tea

Reasons to Drink Chai Tea

Chai tea isn’t the type of tea you typically drink for health reasons. Health is on few peoples top ten lists of reasons to drink chai tea. It is a rich and creamy, but also spicy tea that can warm you up to every pore of your being. People drink chai to feel warm again, to awaken tastebuds and to just drink something amazing. Chai does have a lot of health benefits. Because it is more a smorgasborg of ingredients than straight tea leaves – everything in it has something to offer. The ingredients alone are reasons to drink Chai Tea.

Cardamom, one ingredient in the tea, helps stimulate the brain ,increases appetite and soothes the mucous membranes. It also helps relieve gas, heartburn and nausea, settles upset stomachs and is effective against allergies caused by dairy products. Cinnamon  fights colds, flu and sore throats. It is also used as an antidote for diarrhea, stomach upsets and to help ease menstrual cramps. Ginger  is commonly used as a digestive aid and contains compounds that ease motion sickness and nausea. These healing qualities can be attributed to its high Vitamin C and antioxidant content. This root is also useful in fighting heart disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. It is also great for improving sluggish circulation.

There are even more ingredients and reasons to drink Chai Tea. As it is often combined with black tea, it also carries all of the blood pressure benefits with it as well. Even more, it’s one of those teas you’re allowed to be a little unhealthy with. It is a drink of heavy cream and swirling sweetness thick and warm. Even with the milk and the sugar, the spices still have health, even if you have to drink Chai, traditional style in moderation.