Tea Rant!

Hello all!

I hope you are all having as wonderful of a Wednesday as I am! Today was all around an awesome day, I spent it with one of my favourite people, at one of my favourite places (my lovely roomie and I went to David’s Tea)! This was her first time going to David’s Tea and I am thrilled to report – she loved it!

I have not yet shared with you my slight obsession with tea (I thought I would ease you in with the other posts and now let you see the crazy side…just kidding). Anyways, in light of our little trip to David’s Tea it seemed like a good day to do a rant on tea. Tea has so many benefits and is, of course, yummy!

Benefits of Tea:

(Source: http://www.dietitians.ca/Nutrition-Resources-A-Z/Factsheets/Anti-oxidants/Pleasures-of-Healthy-Eating–Chocolate,-Green-Tea,.aspx)

Benefit #1: Antioxidants –

Well to give you the low-down, teas like green tea are chock full of these goodies! Antioxidants are great for your health and can help reduce the risk of cancer and other diseases.

Benefit #2: Water –

Tea is a great source of your daily intake of water! If you’re like me, it can be really tough to get your daily intake of water. I used to have such a hard time guzzling down those eight glasses everyday, but once I learned that tea could help me in that department it’s been a breeze! (Just remember to try and choose decaffeinated teas when you can if you’re hoping to include it as water intake)

Benefit #4: Low in Calories –

Tea is a great way to spice up your water (like I said above) but, it’s a great way to keep your calorie consumption in check. It has a nice flavour but most teas are only a few calories (or none at all) so unlike pop and juices you don’t have to put up with all of the extra calories and sugar.

Benefit #5: Taste and Variety –

There are so many different flavours of tea that you will never get bored of it! There’s fruity tea, strong tea, vanilla tea, tea for chocolate lovers – I think you get the picture! While I was at David’s Tea I saw Birthday Cake flavoured tea – yes, I am serious! Hallelujah, case closed, how could you ask for more than that?!

I think it’s probably pretty clear at this point how much I love tea, so you can expect some tea reviews in the future. You were warned.

Oh, but we’re not done yet – I have a new recipe for you!

 

I am following through on my promise to experiment with Overnight Oats and Chia seeds! The result – PB and Jelly Overnight Oats!

You will need:

  • ¼ cup plain Greek yogurt
  • ¼ cup oats
  • 1/3 cup milk ( I used almond milk, but any kind will do)
  • 1 tbsp Chia seeds
  • 1 tbsp peanut butter (all natural)
  • 2 tbsp jam (no sugar added)
  • 1 tsp unsweetened coconut flakes

Make your plain Overnight Oats the same way as always (with the basic ingredients) – see this post for instructions ( https://avantaudrey.wordpress.com/2012/04/13/jumping-on-the-overnight-oats-bandwagon/ )

  • In the morning add your jam and stir.
  • Melt the peanut butter for about 10 seconds in the microwave and drizzle it over the Overnight Oats.
  • Garnish with coconut!

This recipe was really yummy and I loved the peanut butter addition!

Okay, now we’re done so go on and enjoy the rest of your day!

Ciao,

Sam  xo

Be Bright, Be Bold, Be You!

Jumping on the Overnight Oats Bandwagon…

Happy Friday!

I hope everyone is enjoying this beautiful weather! I have been having a great day and I must say it had a great start – with Overnight Oats!

I cannot believe it has taken me this long to jump on the overnight oats band wagon (or to try Chia seeds for that matter)! I have been a little bit slow on this foodie trend, but I finally decided to see what all the fuss is about! So, in this post I will tell you all about the awesome Overnight Oats I had for breakfast this morning and about my experience with Chia seeds! The Overnight Oats were super easy to make – and I must say it reminded me a lot of ice cream (can you believe it?)!

I decided to start out on a fairly tame note with this dish since I had never tried overnight oats or Chia seeds (yes, I am a bit of a wimp), so I made a simple strawberry flavoured breakfast – because just about anything strawberry works for me.

Just a warning – this makes a BIG serving!

For this recipe you will need:

½ cup of rolled oats

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

2/3 cup of milk (I used almond milk)

1 tbsp of chia seeds

Strawberries (about ½ cup or to taste)

2 tbsp no sugar added strawberry jam

½ scoop vanilla protein powder

Mix the rolled oats, Greek yogurt, milk and Chia seeds in a bowl then cover with plastic wrap and put in the fridge until morning.

In the morning, mix in your toppings (strawberry jam, protein powder and strawberries) then eat your way to glory with this scrumptious breakfast!

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I told you it was easy!

I was pleasantly surprised with the chia seeds; I wasn’t sure what to expect but the texture was perfect for the recipe. Considering all of the health benefits of Chia seeds (fibre and omega-3s to name a few) I am so excited at how easily they can be incorporated into recipes!

I can’t wait to try more variations of this recipe and experiment with my Chia seeds

Until next time – Stay Bright, Stay Bold, Stay Beautiful!

– Sam xo

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