Yogi Bear

Under the Weather? Can’t smell the flowers? Pick yourself up with some YOGI tea!

This morning I woke up feeling like a 100000 ton rock was making itself at home on top of my head.  Stuffy, sleepy, headache-y, I slept until noon in my cool basement under my giant duvet.  What got me out of bed was the promise of a warm cup of tea filled with organic ingredients ready to get to work on my stuffy head.

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This tea in particular Echinacea Special Formula, has all sorts of great organic ingredients that help relieve stuffy noses, sore throats and in my case evil headaches! Lemongrass, Echinacea Root, Licorice Root, Spearmint and Ginger Root are just some of the ingredients that bring this tea together helping you get back on the road to better health.  Make sure you look for teas with Licorice in them if you have a throat infection, are coughing or just have a sore throat like I did when waking up in the morning. The Licorice helps coat your throat and soothes it wonderfully with its magical powers allowing you to speak normally and ease that coughing so you don’t sound like a scraggly bear.  Rawr!

Yogi is calming and nurturing with its organic ingredients combined specifically for different areas of the body and different purposes.  There are many different types of Yogi teas that help with digestion, detoxing, colds, menstrual cramps, etc.  Even if you want just an all organic tea to curl up with in front of a movie you’ve watched 6 times already, Yogi provides you with teas in all sorts of packages.  You can find Yogi in health food stores and organic grocers such as Whole Foods.  I haven’t seen them in regular grocery stores, but anywhere that sells organic treasures you’ll spot YOGI. Check out their website for more info on their teas: http://www.yogiproducts.com/

After my lovely cup of Echinacea Special Formula Yogi tea I was ready to get out of hibernating bear mode and enter the world of clear thinking people.  Not only that, but I was inspired by the secret message on the end of my tea bag.

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How about that?  Stop being sick, get out of bed and don’t dwell on the past! Thanks Yogi!

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David

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Alright, so I’m going to tell you a little bit about my favourite tea store….DavidsTea.  Just so you know what I’m talking about most of the time and hopefully this will encourage you to check it out!

DavidsTea was founded in Montreal by none other than David himself and he has definitely opened up a new community for tea.  Loose leaf tea allows you to taste more flavour in your tea and there becomes more opportunity to create unique flavours.  There are so many different flavours and I truly believe there is one for everybody!

Rows upon rows of tins filled with loose leaf tea I was introduced to the many different smells and the friendly staff at this fresh looking new store on Bloor St W.  My friend picked me up an insisted on trying this new place, so of course I went along and it was my first introduction to the world of loose leaf tea! I had a cup of Organic Green Seduction, which is still one of my favourites and enjoyed the possibility of coming back and trying new teas.

Don’t want a hot drink? Get it iced!

Can’t decide on which tea to try? Try the #teaoftheday

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Teaopia…or should I say Teavana

So I’ve been very faithful to DavidsTea when it comes to buying loose leaf tea.  They have always provided me with good service and I love the fresh look and uplifting environment when I walk into the turquoise coloured store.  For those of you who do not know DavidsTea, please please please check out their website as they are a Canadian company and pretty much kick ass when it comes to tea!

Anyway, Mississauga is currently lacking on the DavidsTea front, so where am I going to buy loose leaf tea when I’m working and running around the streets of Mississauga? Teaopia of course has been my store of frequent visitations.  It has not only become my second source of tea purchases because of its convenient locations, but the one I go to has the best customer service I have had in a long while!

I was in there about a week or so ago looking to try a new tea and the girl working there opened my eyes to the world of Yerba Mate and Matcha green teas! Both are incredible teas and I will be writing future blog posts about them once I do a bit more taste testing and research.  The girl who introduced me to these teas was amazing, it is rare that I find another person more passionate about tea than I.  More knowledgeable yes, but more crazy about tea..well I’m hard to beat.

I went in there excited to try a new tea and got caught up talking about teas that give you lots of ENERGY.  I’m always looking for energetic teas because I stopped drinking coffee because of the super sugar high, crash and burning sensation in the stomach afterwards:(  But I’m always SO tired in the mornings and as I’m explaining all this to the Teaopia lady she’s wafting all the smells of the different teas in my direction and then gets into telling me about the Matcha tea.  It actually looks pretty weird (as you can see below), but has all sorts of great health benefits and gives you 10X the energy boost that most teas give you!

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She then went on to make me a sample of the Matcha tea as I had never tried it before.  She whisked it together with hot water and two shots of chocolate and vanilla flavouring.  MMMMM it was delicious! And mind you, it gave me a bolt of energy!  Well I shouldn’t say a bolt because I never got that crash that coffee gives you, it was more of a long lasting energy that went into the night and had me wanting to clean the whole house when I got home.

I’m going to do a bit more research on the Matcha and Yerba Mate teas, as I’m sure there are more of you who want that energy boost without the coffee business.  Today I just wanted to share my exceptional customer service experience and encourage those that are afraid of change to try something new!  Change can be good and trying new stores and teas is exciting!

 

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Very Berry Hibiscus

Okay so it may not be tea, but this drink is very appropriately welcomed in my books.

As of yesterday, Starbucks released their new Starbucks Refreshers line of beverages. And get this, they are made from coffee beans! It will sound sort of strange when you look at the picture below and see that my drink is pink and fruity looking. So I was surprised to hear that they were made from coffee beans!

How? This was my question, since my drink tastes nothing like coffee. I choose to stay away from it and avoid the jitters. However, this drink is made with green coffee extract with real fruit juice to create this awesome cool refreshment! Want to read more about this new Starbucks innovation? Check out Starbucks news and you can read more about this amazing drink.

I almost think its tea! With its subtle taste and hint of fruitiness and hibiscus, it could pass for an iced tea drink. The frozen berries add a nice summer feel to the cool drink and the color is quite pleasing. I don’t know if it compares to my regular Starbucks drink iced passion tea lemonade, but it was a nice change and I hope I get that lil boost of energy I was looking for before work!

Can’t wait to try the cool lime flavor!

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