Explore your creativity with tea by adding a few of your favourite flavours. Here is our new ‘How To’ video showing different ways to be  creative with tea.

Yes, we can purchase our teas with spices and flavours already added. However, it is so rewarding when we create a delicious, healthy, aromatic tea on our own.

apple cinnamon 3The first step to creating your own tea is deciding the base – will you use black, green, matcha or herbal? Or maybe no base, like the banana tea recipe below.

Next pick your favourite spices, fruits and/or flavours. You don’t have to be limited to numbers here but usually 3-5 added to the base is enough. You don’t want to overpower any of the
individual tastes.

Here are a few of our favourite add-ins and some of their health benefits:

Spices:

  • cinnamon sticks – high in antioxidants, has anti-inflammatory properties, can lower blood sugars, helps fight bacterial and fungal infections, etc…
  • cardamom pods – improves digestion, helps eliminate bad breath, may alleviate symptoms of respiratory illnesses, helps fight anaemia, etc…
  • vanilla beans –  contains antioxidants, has anti-inflammation ability, may lower cholesterol, etc…

Fruits:

  • Apple – may help avoid Alzheimer and Parkinson diseases, may decrease risk of diabetics, helps prevent constipation and diarrhea, etc…
  • mandarin orange  – may help prevent some cancers and kidney disease, helps lower cholesterol, is high in potassium, etc…
  • banana – may help improve depression symptoms, sustain blood pressure levels, helps getting into a deep sleep, etc…

Nuts and other flavours:cinnamon chocolate

  • dark chocolate (quality = no sugar) – is rich in Fiber, Iron, Magnesium, Copper, Manganese and a few other minerals, high in antioxidants, etc….
  • almond slivers – high in antioxidants, best source of vitamin E, helps with blod pressure control,  high in magnesium, etc…
  • coconut flakes – high in protein that helps maintain healthy tissue and muscle, high in Zinc and Iron, etc…

Here are a few recipe ideas to get your creativity flowing!

 

What ingredients will you use when you are exploring your creativity with tea?

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Comments (38)

  1. Dianne Messina

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    Lately, I have been experimenting with green tea, both leaf and matcha. My latest attempt is to make a green tea chai.

  2. Viva

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    After reading your post, I want to try Green tea with orange and coconut. Thanks for the great ideas.

  3. Erika Letson

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    Coconut flakes and dark chocolate sounds delicious to me with just about any tea! I love this idea!

  4. Marygrace

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    I never thought about chocolate – what a great idea. I would like to try chocolate & nuts in my next brew. Thanks for sharing

  5. loriag

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    You hit on my three favorites, cinnamon sticks, vanilla beans, and mandarin orange.

  6. Tammy B

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    I love black tea with milk, honey, cinnamon, fennel seeds and sometimes ginger 🙂

  7. Lisa B

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    I love mixing fresh fruit in with my tea! I love lemon and green tea, or strawberries to my matcha!

  8. Seyma Shabbir

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    I take black tea and mix in cloves, cinnamon stick, cardamon seeds, and a vanilla pod (already scraped out vanilla for something else). Then add a little cream and sugar to make chai!!

  9. Casandra Lightenlove

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    I have used cinnamon, ginger, honey, and berries in my teas. I will definitely have to try dark chocolate! Mmmm love my chocolate!!!

  10. Karen M.

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    I added some crystallized ginger,honey, a lemon slice, and some pomegranate arils to my green tea tonight. It was delicious!

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