TeaTime Treats: Chocolate Rocket

Chocolate-Rocket

With Module II of my Yoga Teacher Training starting tomorrow, I know that I’ll be heavily reliant on my delicious Chocolate Rocket tea from David’s to help me through! I don’t drink coffee, but waking up at 6am for a 9 hour day of learning and practice can really leave me wanting an energy boost! Normally, I’ll drink green tea, but sometimes it’s just not enough. Chocolate Rocket is a solution to that problem.

David’s Chocolate Rocket tea is a mate tea featuring raspberries, almonds, cocoa and chicory root. Chocolate Rocket is probably one of my all time favourite teas because it smells absolutely divine! Seriously, one whiff and you will fall in love and that’s before even tasting it! Once you do have a taste you’ll love the benefits and boost you’ll get because mate tea is incredible at providing energy to the morning, as it is the most caffeinated tea there is! It gives the jolt of coffee (without the shakes and jitters) combined with the health benefits of your daily tea, in fact mate tea contains more antioxidants than green! Chicory root you may know, is often used as a caffeine substitute for coffee because of it’s taste and odour.  The energy boost combined with the delicious (and my personal favourite) dessert flavour combination of cocoa, almonds and raspberry makes for an extremely satisfying and delicious way to start the day!

Namaste.

(Note: I am not affiliated in any way with David’s Tea. All thoughts and opinions are my own.)

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TeaTime Treats: Buddha’s Blend

I am fortunate enough to have a David’s Tea right across the street from my favourite yoga studio and every so often, I will float into David’s for a teatime treat in my post-savasana bliss. It was on one of these days that I found my favourite tea of the moment, today’s teatime treat; Buddha’s Blend (David’s Tea, $10.50/50g). I normally drink green tea so it must have been fate that I randomly decided upon Buddha’s Blend. To be honest, I partially chose this beautiful tea just because of the name (Buddha’s Blend just sounds so zen!), but after my barista let me smell it, I fell in love.

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Buddha’s Blend is an enchanting blend of white tea, green tea, jasmine and white hibiscus. It smells almost tropical and sweet, like a gorgeous perfume! I swear, I would bathe in this scent if I could! Not only does Buddha’s Blend smell captivating, but the tea tastes as incredible as it smells. Buddha’s Blend does not have an overwhelmingly sweet taste, just a gentle flavour from the jasmine pearls. You feel extravagant and opulent drinking this gorgeous tea.

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Some of the best things about Buddha’s Blend are all the incredible health benefits that come along from drinking it! You may know that green tea is fantastic for you, but did you also know that white tea is full of antioxidants as well? Both white and green tea come from the camellia sinensis plant, they are just processed differently to get the different tastes. White tea is the least processed of all the different types of tea, and contains the highest level of antioxidants, including flavanoids and other polyphenols. Flavanoids are important as they inhibit the growth of cancer cells and stop the development of new ones. White tea is very good at lowering blood pressure, effectively guarding against stroke, protecting the heart and protecting the circulatory system. Another type of polyphenol that white tea is full of are catechins, which work to lower bad cholesterol and increase good cholesterol. Finally, white tea works to improve the immune system, protecting the body against the common cold, as well as reducing stress and improving energy.

Now that we know about all the benefits of white tea, let’s take a quick refresher of all the good things green tea can do for you. Green tea is used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat pretty much anything you can imagine! It’s no surprise then that green tea is full of epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) an extremely powerful antioxidant that has been linked to the treatment of various diseases including Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. Like white tea, green tea is full of polyphenols (flavanoids and catechins) and with all these antioxidants, green tea is amazing at keeping skin clear and fresh from the inside out as well as keeping free radicals at bay. There have been many studies on green tea linking its frequent consumption to a lowered cancer risk, increased metabolic rate, improved brain function, better mood, quicker reaction time and stronger memory. Because green tea and white tea come from the same plant, it should be of no surprise that green tea has all the same benefits of lowering heart disease, lowering bad cholesterol and lowering blood pressure that white tea has. Finally, green tea has been shown to kill bacteria, lowering the possibility of infection in the body and tooth decay in the mouth. It has been said that green tea can help you live longer and with all these incredible benefits that claim is hard to dispute!

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Jasmine and white hibiscus bring much more than just flavour to the tea, they contain multiple health benefits themselves! Many of jasmine’s benefits come from it’s alluring scent. In aromatherapy, jasmine promotes the feeling of calm, fighting feelings of depression and enhances mood by promoting the release of serotonin in the brain. White hibiscus on the other hand, has been used for years in Ayurvedic practice (an ancient and traditional Indian system of medicine) as it is believed to contain medicinal properties. White hibiscus is full of vitamin C, an essential nutrient that also helps prevent heart problems, aids immune function, promotes healthy eyes and keeps skin plump and young-looking. White hibiscus lowers blood pressure and LDL (bad) cholesterol, keeping arteries clean and improving blood flow through the body. It is also a natural diuretic keeping the elimination systems in the body clean, healthy and regular. White hibiscus is chock full of bioflavonoids, potent antioxidants that treat and protect the body from multiple diseases.

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It should be clear now why I adore this tea! It’s a fantastic companion to a nice relaxing night with a book, or for a pre-yoga pick me up! The health benefits hooked me, and the incredible taste have me enjoying it every morning! I had never tried white tea before, but now that I know how great it is for the body and mind and know that it can taste so delicious, I will definitely be trying more in the future! Do you have a recommendation for a great white tea? Have you tried Buddha’s Blend? Do you have a favourite tea from David’s for me to try next time? Let me know what you think! Enjoy your teatime treat!

Namaste.

(Note: I do not work for/with David’s tea. I was not asked and am not being compensated for making this review. Buddha’s Blend is just that fantastic!)