Many people are busy planting their gardens now. Some are already reaping the benefits of early sowing of salad greens. Good for them!
Can you guess the easiest, cheapest vegetable? Here are some clues for you:
- It has lots of healthy antioxidants.
- It can be golden, green, or black.
- It’s super simple to prepare.
- You can serve it at any meal, even breakfast.
- It’s a welcome snack in all seasons, but especially popular in winter and summer.
- It’s perfect for adults and children alike.
- Some people add it to baked goods or ice cream.
- You can keep a big batch of it in the refrigerator for several days.
- It costs less than ramen noodles per serving (and is much more nutritious!).
- Children usually like it if you add fruit juice to it.
- You can grow some varieties yourself, but most people buy it at the grocery store.
- Many people add milk and sugar to it when it’s served hot.
- Often people add sugar and lemon to it when it’s served cold.
- It can keep you alert or soothe your nerves.
- It’s very ancient, but ever popular.
- And it’s probably in your house right now.
Did you guess it?
Yes, it’s tea! But is it a vegetable? It is small bits of leaves and has great nutritional benefit, so why not? It’s a very affordable way to add more nutrition to your day.
Tea Is an Easy Habit to Indulge In
Tea is so easy to use. It comes in handy tea bags, instant tea powder, and loose tea for brewing as you like. There is even decaffeinated tea, herbal tea, and organic tea. I love all the flavors teas and enjoy offering a variety to family and friends. With warmer weather coming on we’ll have a good sized pitcher of iced tea in the fridge. So refreshing when you are hot!
Tea Is a Healthy Habit for a Healthy Lifestyle
Even though Starbucks and other coffee shops continue to do well, Millennials are choosing tea more often than other age groups in the US. They are definitely adding healthy behaviors to their life style and this is one of them.
The Fika Experience
I was a die-hard coffee drinker and never thought I’d turn to tea. But we visited Sweden last November and soon began to appreciate their tradition of having Fika (pronounced “FEEka) every day. As they say there,”You have to Fika!”
We were enticed into various Fika cafés by the pastries in the windows. Their pastries were to die for! (Starbucks, please get some like this!) somehow we started getting hot tea with our pastries. On a cold winter’s day a cup of fragrant steaming tea was just the thing to revive us. Our favorite “conditori” (we think it means something like a confectionary– and their confections were fantastic) offered loose tea. Every jar of loose tea we opened had an intoxicating fragrance. It was hard to choose just one, a great excuse to come back the next day!
Back home we continued our Fika with pleasure. Perhaps the English were on to something after all about afternoon tea at 4 pm. It did relax us and refresh us to have a pause in our day that way. We gradually had to limit the sweets as our waistlines began to expand. But we have not given up the tea!
So Many Flavors of Tea
Check out all the wonderful varieties of teas to see if you too might like to indulge in the soothing habit of tea drinking. You can find a mixture you like at a specialty tea shop or buy a variety box of tea bags to try different flavors.
My husband likes Earl Grey or English Breakfast Tea in tea bags. Not my cup of tea! I love Constant Comment with a bit of sugar to bring out the orange flavor. I usually choose decaf so I can drink it any time of day.
A Nutritional Bargain You Can Love
The very cheapest store-brand teas have plenty in the way of antioxidants and can be flavored as you like. They are a true nutritional bargain! Make up a pitcher of tea with a couple of tea bags and keep it in the fridge. So refreshing over ice and lots healthier than soft drinks! Try it! You’ll like it!
How do you like your tea? And when?