My 100th post! A toast to Valentine’s day
Forget red. Paint your Valentine’s Day green this year! Host a green tea party and do your heart a favor. A beautiful smile, fresh breath and glowing skin are only some of the ways the green brew can improve your love life. Even better is the boost it gives your memory, as well as your metabolic rate.
A better memory can only mean better grades at school, better performance at work, and a better chance you’ll remember to do something special for your sweetie on the 14th February. And if you don’t already know, a faster metabolic rate means a sleeker look. You’ll be hotter… burning more fat all the time – even while you’re in couch-potato mode. All that should earn you some brownie points with your heart’s desire!
You’ll also hit a home run with Dr. Mike Morano. My favorite diet guru recognizes just how good green tea is for you as you work to keep your weight in check. He advises drinking green tea three times a day on his 17-day diet. Make it a habit, he says. It’s good for you, even once you’ve reached your goal. Anything that keeps your metabolism revving in high gear is great for maintaining a healthy weight.
All kinds of tea are good for you, though. For instance, if you want to pig out on some greasy chips and hamburgers one night, drink oolong tea and double the amount of fat that passes right through you, unabsorbed.
Speaking of what passes through, consider the strange Panda dung tea. At over $200 a cup, it’s the world’s most expensive tea.
An entrepreneur in China grows the tea using panda poo from nearby breeding centres. Pandas eat only wild bamboo. According to Sky News, more than 70% of the nutrients are passed in their excrement. What a great way to recycle!
And how about the weirdest tea in the world… a tea made from caterpillar poo. Known as Pu-erh Tuocha (Camel Breath), ounce-for-ounce it costs about the same as gold. Master Gao-Que, a third generation Taiwanese tea master, says it’s one of the most labor-intensive teas in the world. To prepare it people have to go through a pile of tea leaves with a magnifying glass and pick out the little poo pellets with tweezers.
As tea leaves are the only thing the caterpillars ever eat, tea is the only thing that passes through their digestive tracts. No meats, no pesticides, nothing dirty at all, the master says. And the taste? According to several personal accounts on the Internet, it’s thickly mellow, elemental, earthy, gamey or meaty — smooth.
After reading about these exotic tea drinks, I bet you’re just in the mood now to settle for green tea. And you won’t go far wrong. Green tea offers great taste while delivering many valuable health benefits, says a Harvard health study.
But from personal experience, be sure to follow the directions on the label. If it says “Steep for 3 minutes,” for heaven’s sake take out the tea leaves after 3 minutes. Otherwise, ARGGGG! My overly long steeped senchu green tea hit the back of my throat with a pitchfork… soooooo bitter. The only way I got it down was by drowning it in milk.
Brewed properly… only one meager teaspoonful per cup of water heated to 74F and steeped for three minutes and not a second more…. green tea tastes LOVERLY.
Tea is one adult drink kids can enjoy too. For the shorter set, I suggest a caffeine-free herbal sort, like mint or roibus (African red bush tea). Notch up the taste into the kid-o-sphere with honey or maple syrup.
While you are all enjoying your tea party, why not sing along to the Tea Tea Tea Tea Tea Tea Song! It’s especially happy!
Make Valentine’s Day extra lovin’ this year with green tea for two!
- The 17-day diet, starring Dr. Mike Morano – Intro to this great meal plan
- Why did the Roman chicken cross the road? – Cycle 1: Lean protein and cleansing fruits and veggies
- Grocery List for 17-day diet - Let’s go shopping! The foods for the three cycles are color coded. Pay attention. It’s easier if you focus only on cycle 1 foods (red) while you’re still in the 17-day accelerate phase. On day 18, take a look at cycle 2 And so on. Less confusing!
- Hummus… Pretty in Pink! – A basic slo-carb food for cycle 2 of the 17-day diet