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  • Cucumber Tea Sandwiches

    Long a classic of teas and subdued receptions, cucumber tea sandwiches have a history as rich as their flavor. If you're planning a quiet afternoon tea or simply want to try something a bit different next time you're asked to bring a dish, cucumber sandwiches are simple to prepare and bring along.

    Of course, you must remember the proper form and allotment when making tea sandwiches. You should plan for each guest to have four to six cut sandwiches and your sandwiches should be beautiful and tasty.

    Always use the best bread possible and never serve end slices. The bread used for any tea sandwich should be soft and delicious, although freezing the bread before using it during the preparations of the sandwich will make it a bit easier to handle. As it defrosts, the slices will become soft again.

    Tea sandwiches are delicate and light, so be sure to cut the completed sandwich into thirds or quarters. Once the filling is complete, always remove the crusts. You should also always spread unsalted butter lightly inside each piece of bread to ensure your sandwich is prepared properly.

    To prepare cucumber tea sandwiches, gather the following ingredients:

    • 1/2 seedless cucumber
    • 1/2 cup unsalted butter at room temperature or mayonaise
    • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped watercress leaves
    • 16 slices of high-quality white bread
    • 1/2 cup alfalfa sprouts or radishes
    • Salt

    Begin by peeling the cucumber and then slicing it into extremely thin slices. You should have about 32 individual slices of cucumber when you're finished slicing. Place the cucumber slices between two paper towels while you move on to the next step. The paper towels will help to remove any excess moisture.

    Combine butter (or mayo) and watercress in a small bowl. Blend as smoothly as possible and then spread a thin layer of the mixture on each slice of bread. Butter only one side of each slice. Place 8 slices of buttered bread in a row. Put the other 8 aside for now.

    On each of the 8 buttered slices, place four cucumber slices. Arrange the slices with one in each corner of the bread to make cutting easier. You should have four slices of cucumber per piece of bread.

    Sprinkle each piece of bread with salt according to taste and then place one tablespoon of alfalfa sprouts onto each. Retrieve the other 8 slices of buttered bread and carefully place one, buttered side down, onto each of the prepared slices.

    Use a long sharp knife to cut away the crusts on each of the sandwiches. Then cut the large sandwiches into triangles or squares to make them petite and dainty - the way tea sandwiches should be.

    Finally, arrange the sandwiches on an attractive platter or tiered serving tray. You can garnish the serving tray with grapes or parsley for added flair, or simply serve the sandwiches as they are positioned.

    One thing is certain, however. When you pour a cup of hot tea, a cool cucumber sandwich will be a wonderful snack alongside it.

  • Everyone Should Drink Green Tea

    If you're not already a tea drinker - you should be. Tea is one of the oldest and most natural drinks on the globe, and many are discovering there is a lot more to a cup of tea than you might suppose. This is especially true of green tea, arguably the healthiest variety of the tea industry.

    WHY GREEN TEA?

    What makes green tea so special? Its many health benefits combined with a mild and delicious flavor have brought green tea almost instant fame over the last few years. As more is learned about the cancer preventative properties and other health aspects of the drink, green tea will continue to be among the world's healthiest beverages.

    GREEN TEA REDUCES CERTAIN CANCER RISKS

    There have been studies across the globe that have now provided firm evidence that green tea inhibits the growth of cancerous cells, effectively reducing your risk of certain types of cancer. Green tea has been shown to reduce the risk of esophageal cancer, colon cancer, prostate cancer and cervical cancer. There are claims that green tea can prevent other forms of cancer as well.

    GREEN TEA REDUCES CHOLESTEROL

    Certain elements in green tea have been shown to reduce levels of LDL cholesterol, or the bad cholesterol, improving the overall cholesterol ratio. Many scientists now believe that the same natural ingredients found in green tea are responsible for the lower instances of heart disease among the French despite their smoking and diets rich in fats. The same is true of the Japanese. There is a very low instance of heart disease in Japan despite seventy-five percent of Japanese males smoking on a regular basis.

    GREEN TEA IMPROVES YOUR DIET, YOUR SKIN AND YOUR TEETH

    Green tea has been shown in various studies to improve calorie burning in a typical diet. It also is becoming a primary ingredient in many skin care products including creams and even deodorants. Drinking green tea improves your teeth as well by reducing and preventing decay. The same property that destroys plaque forming bacteria in your mouth can also prevent food poisoning.

    EGCG AND OTHER COMPONENTS

    Green tea is able to do all that it does because of only a handful of ingredients. Green tea has a great deal of catechin polyphenols which are tremendously beneficial to your overall health. In particular, green tea is rich in epigallocatechin gallate, otherwise known as EGCG. EGCG is an antioxidant with powerful results. EGCG is strong enough to battle cancerous cells while protecting healthy ones. It also prevents blood from clotting improperly which contributes to better heart conditions.

    GREEN TEA STANDS ALONE

    Interestingly, other popular teas such as black and oolong varieties are made from the leaves of the same tea plant as green tea. However, those varieties of tea don't have the same health properties as green tea. The difference is not the tea plant, but the way the tea leaves are processed. Green tea leaves are steamed rather than fermented. This keeps the EGCG from oxidizing, thus leaving the medicinal value intact. The best aspect of green tea, however, is not its overwhelming health benefits; it's the delicious flavor that brings you back for another cup - regardless of how healthy you think you're being.

    Revolution Green Teas

    Açaí Green Tea
    Orange Chocolate Green Tea
    Organic Earl Grey Green Tea
    Organic Green Tea
    Peach Mango Green Tea
    Tropical Green Tea

  • Drink yourself to a healthier new you with Revolution Tea

    Tea has great sources of health benefits! With the holiday season behind us, let's focus on a brighter, better & healthier version of you! Start your year with these Revolution Teas containing detoxifying ingredients:

    REVOLUTION TEA
    TEA-TOXIFYING INGREDIENTS
    HEALTH BENEFITS
    Golden Chamomile Herbal Tea
    Dandelion
    Aids in digestion, flushing the system of toxins and promotes a healthy sleep-cycle
    Honeybush Caramel Herbal Tea
    Rooibos
    Cleanses the skin, blood and liver
    Southern Mint Herbal Tea
    Mint
    Calms the stomach and reduces bloating
    Sweet Ginger Peach Black Tea
    Ginger
    Aids in managing glucose levels and helps promote healthy weight loss
    Blackberry Jasmine Oolong Tea
    Jasmine
    Contains powerful antioxidant properties to help calm nerves
    Pomegranate White Tea
    Pomegranate
    Natural diuretic that helps reduce inflammation in the body
    Organic Green Tea
    Green Tea
    Helps boost metabolism and prevent illness

    Now that you know which tea does what, here is your "drink yourself healthy" suggested daily tea menu to be used in conjunction to a healthy diet:

    TYPE OF TEA
    TIME OF DAY
    QUANTITY
    Pomegranate White & Blackberry Jasmine Oolong Tea
    Morning or before lunch
    2-3 cups max
    Honeybush Caramel & Sweet Ginger Peach Tea
    After lunch or before dinner
    1-3 cups max
    Organic Green Tea
    Any time before dinner
    3 cups max
    Golden Chamomile Herbal & Southern Mint Herbal Tea
    After dinner or before bed
    1 cup

    Cheers & Happy Tea Drinking!

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