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Google “gluten free” and you will find plenty of information about the pros and cons of this increasingly popular dietary choice. But for people diagnosed with Celiac Disease, the only choice for their gastrointestinal health is giving u...
Google “gluten free” and you will find plenty of information about the pros and cons of this increasingly popular dietary choice. But for people diagnosed with Celiac Disease, the only choice for their gastrointestinal health is giving up gluten, a protein found in wheat and other grains. In recognition of Celiac Disease Awareness Month (sometimes celebrated in May), Bigelow Tea is sharing two fantastic gluten-free recipes made with tea! Sure, there are lots of gluten-free products available, but not all of them are healthy. Cooking at home with ordinary ingredients gives you peace of mind … and great taste. Enjoy! Seared Scallops in Lemon Broth Ingredients: 2 cups (500mL) chicken broth 8 Bigelow I Love Lemon® Herb Tea Bags 2 teaspoons (10mL) butter 1 teaspoon (5mL) olive oil 1 pound (500g) sea scallops 2/3 cup (160mL) frozen peas 2 cups (500mL) cooked rice Zest from a whole lemon Yield: Serves 4. Cook Time: 25 minutes. Prep Time 15 minutes. Instructions: Boil chicken broth in small saucepan, remove from heat and add Bigelow I Love Lemon tea bags. Infuse for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, rinse scallops and pat dry. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper. Add olive oil and butter to large non-stick skillet. When butter is foaming, add scallops and cook flat side down until well browned; turn and cook other side. Cook scallops for approximately 6-8 minutes total time. Bring tea broth to a boil, add peas and cook 4 minutes. Place ½ cup rice each in shallow soup bowls; place scallops evenly over rice, pour lemon pea broth over scallops and garnish with lemon zest. French Style Green Beans Ingredients: 1 cup hot water 4 Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar ½ teaspoon sugar 1 teaspoon corn starch 1 tablespoon unsalted butter 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 pound fresh french-style green beans ½ pound carrots cut into 1 inch matchsticks Salt and pepper to taste Yield: Serves 6 Instructions: Combine hot water and 4 Bigelow® Green Tea with Pomegranate Tea Bags and allow to steep for 5-7 minutes. Place tea in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil, and cook until liquid is reduced by half (about ten minutes). Add balsamic vinegar and sugar. Stir to combine. Add cornstarch and whisk vigorously until glaze is thickened and smooth. Set aside. Meanwhile, in a large skillet, combine butter and olive oil. Heat until butter is melted but not smoking and then add carrots and green beans. Saute vegetables until just tender, approximately 5 minutes (allow a few extra minutes of extra cooking time if using traditional green beans). Add pomegranate-balsamic glaze, and toss to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve immediately. Note: Glaze may be prepared up to 2 days in advance. Store in an airtight container in refrigerator. Photo by lamoix via Flickr.com
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Rising or mainstay, all designers like to draw their inspiration from certain sources. While Bigelow Tea focuses on sizing up “tags” and “bags,”—for our teas, of course!—we also enjoy measuring how famous names in fashion prefer their te...
Rising or mainstay, all designers like to draw their inspiration from certain sources. While Bigelow Tea focuses on sizing up “tags” and “bags,”—for our teas, of course!—we also enjoy measuring how famous names in fashion prefer their tea. That’s why we were excited to learn about designer Vivienne Tam, who discovered a love of tea while growing up in Hong Kong! Now residing in New York City, Tam has incorporated her “East-meets-West style,” and her taste for tea, into her business. According to New York Magazine, at her flagship store on Mercer Street, clients can relax inside a two-story antique teahouse replica stationed in the back of her boutique. What a great way to provide a boost to tired shoppers! Like Tam who is always innovating, we continue to develop and release new flavors. Our latest teas include Caramel Chai and Chocolate Chai teas.  And we are also proud that our classic blends such as “Constant Comment”® remain in demand. So, here’s to Tam, and her love of clothing design and tea! And while styles may change, at Bigelow Tea we know that drinking tea will always be in fashion! Image by david_shankbone via Flickr.com
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Green tea benefits for health, weight loss, belly fat, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, immune system, and more. Over 4700 studies. Discover your favorite gourmet teas here.
Green tea benefits for health, weight loss, belly fat, heart disease, cancer, diabetes, immune system, and more. Over 4700 studies. Discover your favorite gourmet teas here.
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New research shows green tea is a powerful and safe cholesterol blocker. Green tea blocks cholesterol absorption from the intestine up to 89%*. Review of several studies.
New research shows green tea is a powerful and safe cholesterol blocker. Green tea blocks cholesterol absorption from the intestine up to 89%*. Review of several studies.
5 days ago
Obesity and cancer research reviews, including esophageal, thyroid, colon, breast, malignant melanoma and more cancer associated with obesity.
Obesity and cancer research reviews, including esophageal, thyroid, colon, breast, malignant melanoma and more cancer associated with obesity.
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At Bigelow Tea, drinking tea always makes us smile. Now news about a U.K. health study has put a huge grin on our faces! World Dental, a dental health magazine, reports about a study that indicates that tea could have general oral health...
At Bigelow Tea, drinking tea always makes us smile. Now news about a U.K. health study has put a huge grin on our faces! World Dental, a dental health magazine, reports about a study that indicates that tea could have general oral health benefits. The article, which quotes from a study published in the British Nutrition Foundation’s Nutrition Bulletin, says that “[p]eople who consume a minimum of three cups of good quality black tea per day will actually annihilate two types of dangerous bacteria that reside within the mouth and that are responsible for the development of gum disease and dental cavities.” The two bacteria are Lactobacillus and Streptococcus mutans. If you prefer green tea to black, don’t worry. Research also indicates that “regular consumption of green tea helps [in] preventing bad breath by neutralizing all the damaging sulphur compounds which bring about the foul breath, plus green tea also protects against the development of cavities and the apparition of gum disease. At Bigelow Tea we’re happy to increase our “tea intake,” for any reason … and this article just gives us another reason to pour a cup of one of our favorite black teas like English Breakfast, Lemon Lift or Earl Grey! Yes, planning our next cup of tea always brings a smile to our faces! And we hope this news will brighten your day too! Top image by Rory MacLeod via Flickr.com
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October is a month when we like to “think pink” at Bigelow Tea. Yes, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s an important time to reflect on our health and the health of the women in our lives. Breast cancer is the most common cance...
October is a month when we like to “think pink” at Bigelow Tea. Yes, it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and it’s an important time to reflect on our health and the health of the women in our lives. Breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women, except for skin cancers. About 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime. National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM) is a way for medical professionals, service organizations and government agencies to collaborate to promote breast cancer awareness, share information about the disease and provide greater access to services. Today, NBCAM is “dedicated to educating and empowering women to take charge of their own breast health.” Currently, there are more than 2.9 million breast cancer survivors in the United States.   At Bigelow Tea we hope that this month—and all year long—you will learn more about breast health and the latest research in this area. A great way to begin is to brew a nice cup of our “pink” boxed tea, English Breakfast, sit down and click on a few websites, like The American Cancer Society and Men Against Breast Cancer, that have tons of information about breast cancer. So, take this month as a little nudge to read a bit and talk to your friends and relatives about breast cancer (while sipping tea, of course). That way, as you continue to eat well and exercise regularly, maybe you’ll learn something new … and at the very least, you’ll give yourself one more opportunity to enjoy a cup of Bigelow Tea!
7 days ago
It’s time to enter the Bigelow Tea October sweepstakes for your chance to win our new Caramel Chai and Chocolate Chai teas! Get ready to “fall” for these tantalizing blends of black tea and exotic spices that are just right for the seaso...
It’s time to enter the Bigelow Tea October sweepstakes for your chance to win our new Caramel Chai and Chocolate Chai teas! Get ready to “fall” for these tantalizing blends of black tea and exotic spices that are just right for the season’s cooler temps! A total of 24 lucky winners will take home one box of each flavor. The Caramel and Chocolate varieties are the latest additions to our popular Chai Tea line introduced in 2005. If you’re already a chai fan, the new flavors offer another tempting twist on this centuries-old drink enjoyed by the Maharajas of India. Love the taste of rich, dark chocolate? Is creamy caramel your go-to flavor? You can enjoy both with this tea prize! For an authentic chai experience, just add a touch of milk and sweetener to your tea after brewing. Delicious! To enter, “like” our Facebook page and click on the sweepstakes icon under our large cover photo.  The sweepstakes ends on Oct. 31. Check our blog to see if your name is on the winners’ list. Good luck, and enjoy the beautiful fall colors!
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World Vegetarian Day is tomorrow, October 1st, which is also the kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month which promotes the benefits of eating vegetarian. Bigelow Tea thinks that World Vegetarian Day is a great way to start a discussion a...
World Vegetarian Day is tomorrow, October 1st, which is also the kick-off of Vegetarian Awareness Month which promotes the benefits of eating vegetarian. Bigelow Tea thinks that World Vegetarian Day is a great way to start a discussion about enjoying a more “veggie lifestyle” as well as being a great opportunity to look at some fantastic Bigelow Tea-inspired vegetarian recipes!  Our recipes always feature our excellent Bigelow Tea selections, and with vegetarian options like our Grilled Vegetarian Mushroom Quesadillas (with I Love Lemon With Vitamin C® Herbal Tea) or our Vietnamese Tea Rolls that feature our Green Tea With Mint, you can’t go wrong! Bon Appétit! Grilled Vegetarian Mushroom Quesadillas Ingredients: ¼ cup (60mL) butter 6 Bigelow I Love Lemon & C® Herb Tea Bags ¾ cup (180mL) boiling water 3 teaspoons (10mL) chili powder 2 gloves garlic, minced 1 pound (500g) fresh mushrooms, sliced 1 small onion, minced 1 teaspoon (5mL) salt 1 – 8 ounce (250g) pkg. Tempeh, crumbled 2 cups (500mL) light Monterey Jack Cheese, grated Canola oil 12 – 6 inch (15cm) flour tortillas Lemon wedges as a garnish Yield: Serves 6 – Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook time: 10 minutes. Instructions: To prepare filling: Place tea bags into measuring cup and pour boiling water over bags. Let stand for 5 minutes. Remove bags and reserve tea. Melt butter in large skillet over medium high heat. Add tea, chili powder and garlic. Saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add mushrooms, onion and salt. Saute until mushrooms are brown and tender. Add the crumbled tempeh and saute 2 minutes more or until heated through. Remove from heat, cool for 10 minutes. To assemble quesadillas: Preheat grill to 350ºF (180ºC). Lightly brush 6 tortillas on one side with oil. Place the tortillas oil-side down on large non-stick rimless baking sheet (Use a cookie sheet with sides by turning it upside down). Divide the filling mixture equally among the 6 tortillas. Top each filled tortilla with cheese. Brush tops with oil. Gently slide the quesadillas onto the grill. Grill for about 3 minutes on each side, until heated through and golden brown. Remove from grill and let stand for 2 minutes before cutting into wedges. Serve with salsa, sour cream or guacamole and lemon wedges if desired. Vietnamese Tea Rolls – Served Cold Ingredients: ½ pound (250g) mushrooms, diced 4 medium carrots, julienned 1 ¼ cups (310mL) snow peas, stemmed, strings removed and very finely julienned 1 ¼ cup (310mL) bean sprouts 4 green onions, cut into thin slivers 16 large basil leaves 16 rice paper wrappers 3 cups (750mL) boiling water 10 Bigelow® Green Tea with Mint Tea Bags Dipping Sauce: ½ cup (125mL) boiling water 6 Bigelow® Green Tea with Mint Tea Bags ½ cup (125mL) fresh lime juice 3 tablespoons (45mL) low sodium soy sauce 1 tablespoon (15mL) honey 1 tablespoon (15mL) Asian Chili Sauce 2 garlic cloves, minced 1 teaspoon (5mL) fresh ginger 2 green onions, minced Yield: Serves 8 (2 each) Prep Time: 45 mins Cook Time: 2 mins Instructions: Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil, add mushrooms, carrots, snow peas and bean sprouts, blanch for 1 minute, and transfer to a paper towel. Have green onions and basil leaves prepared. Boil 3 cups (750mL) water, add 10 tea bags and let steep for 5 minutes. Remove tea bags. Pour tea into a low sided casserole. Cool. To assemble rolls, soak sheets of rice paper in tea for 1 minute, carefully transfer to a paper towel, let sit 1-2 minutes or until pliable. To assemble each roll, take a soaked wrapper, arrange 1/16th of the vegetables in a row on top of the wrapper, roll up rice wrapper folding in flaps after first turn. Add one basil leaf, keep rolling. Continue until all the rolls are finished. The rolls will keep in the refrigerator for 6 hours, tightly covered. To serve cut in half on the diagonal and serve with dipping sauce. To make sauce, pour boiling water over 6 tea bags, let steep five minutes, remove tea bags. Combine tea, lime jui
9 days ago
Childhood influenza research shows that drinking more green tea may reduce the risk of flu incidence among schoolchildren in Japan.
Childhood influenza research shows that drinking more green tea may reduce the risk of flu incidence among schoolchildren in Japan.
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