Vodka Infused With Chocolate Truffle Chai

October 4th, 2011 by admin

 

I love my Koni Double Wall Mug!

I love my Koni Double Wall Mug!

Chai, a popular spiced tea from India, is robust and flavorful served both hot and cold. I love a hot cup of Koni Chocolate Truffle Chai on a cold winter morning with a spoonful of honey and a shot of coconut milk. The flavor is so comforting and the coconut milk makes it silky and smooth. The chocolate and vanilla notes from this special Koni black tea blend complement the spiced tea perfectly. I took the same recipe, poured it over ice, and infused it with vodka for a delicious poolside cocktail. Read the rest of this entry »

3 Delicious Hot Toddy Recipes

October 2nd, 2011 by Tea Chick

On a cold fall night, one of my favorite drinks to make is a hot toddy. Popular belief holds that this drink will help cure a cold and get you to fall asleep. The fact is, it will make it worse in the long run. The alcohol in a hot toddy will help you fall asleep but it will decrease your immune system and interfere with your sleep cycle. If you are feeling under the weather, I recommend Koni Immunity Booster and Throat Revival Caffeine Free Teas throughout the day and Sleepy Time Rooibos Tea before you go to bed. Drink a hot toddy only when you are feeling healthy and want to unwind and relax. Here are two delicious hot toddy recipes you will love and even one for children.

Scotch Spiced Toddy

Scotch Spiced Toddy

Scotch Spiced Toddy

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place all ingredients except for the boiling hot water, alcohol, and cinnamon in a Koni Artisan Mug or Modern Mug filter.

2. Place the filter in the appropriate Koni mug.

3. Add the hot water.

4. Wait 5 minutes then remove the filter.

5. Add the alcohol.

6. Stir with the cinnamon stick.

7. Enjoy.

Pineapple-Rum Toddy

Pineapple-Rum Toddy

Pineapple Rum Toddy

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place the maple syrup and tea in a Koni Modern Mug filter.

2. Place the filter in the mug.

3. Add the hot water.

4. Wait 5 minutes then remove the filter.

5. Add the alcohol, pineapple juice and lemon juice.

6. Fill a short glass with ice cubes then pour the brewed tea over the ice. Garnish with a pineapple wedge.

7. Enjoy.

My sister and my little cousin Michelle with a cup of Tutti Fruitea Toddy.

My sister and my little cousin Michelle with a cup of Tutti Fruitea Toddy.

Tutti Fruitea Toddy

DIRECTIONS:

1. Place the honey and tea in a Koni Artisan Mug filter. That is the larger version of the mug that Michelle is holding in the picture above.

2. Place the filter in the mug.

3. Add the hot water.

4. Wait 5 minutes then remove the filter.

5. Add the apple juice and lemon.

6. Enjoy.

Fig Jam With Vanilla And Honey

October 1st, 2011 by admin

Figs are not only one of my favorite fruits but it’s also one of the healthiest foods on the planet. Figs are very high in fiber, potassium, calcium, antioxidants, and even lowers insulin levels and triglyceride levels. Delicate and sweet in flavor, fig jam is one of my favorite things to make in the late summer. I used a light colored honey to allow more of the fig flavor to be enhanced. Honey will also help fruits retain their jewel like colors when being preserved. The addition of ground Koni Creme Earl Grey Black Tea adds additional antioxidants and a heavenly vanilla flavor to this jam.

Figs

Figs

Makes about 4 half pint jars

  • 3 cups finely chopped fresh figs (about 1 lbs). A few figs that are not completely ripe should be used since they contain natural pectins that allow the jam to thicken without the use of commercial pectins.
  • 2 cups light colored honey
  • 1 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
  • 1/4 teaspoon of cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons of Koni Creme Earl Grey Black Tea finely ground in a spice grinder

fig jam

Combine figs, honey, spices, ground black tea and lemon juice in a bowl. Mash together. Cover and let stand about 2 hours to draw out the juice. Stir the mixture occasionally to dissolve the sugar.

Transfer mixture to sauce pan. Over medium heat, bring mixture to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and maintain a simmer for 20 minutes. Make sure to stir occasionally to keep the jam from burning to the bottom of your pot.

When mixture reaches the consistency of jam, remove it from the heat and stir in walnuts. If using a candy thermometer to test for temperature, it should read 200 degrees F.

Pour mixture into hot, clean jars and cover tightly. Will keep about 2 months in the refrigerator.

Perfect with a cup of Koni Creme Earl Grey Black TeaIf you’re an Earl Grey lover, you have found a new vice! A smooth and elegant combination of classic Earl Grey and cornflower petals. With vanilla overtones and soft hints of cream, this organic blend makes a delightfully bold and uplifting tea with a satisfying finish.


Koni Creme Earl Grey

Koni Creme Earl Grey

PMS Symptoms Be Gone!

September 28th, 2011 by Tea Chick

More and more women are looking for natural ways to help them with their PMS symptoms. Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a group of physical and emotional symptoms that some women experience in the week or two before their menstrual period. Symptoms subside when the menstrual period starts and within a couple of days of menstrual flow. Studies have shown that women who use natural or alternative methods tend to have longer relief as well as a better lifestyle. Most over-the-counter medications are just to control the pain. Although a safe and guaranteed cure for PMS is yet to be discovered, there are a number of things that you can add to your diet and changes you can make to reduce your monthly symptoms and possibly even improve your quality of life.

Time to unwind with a cup of Koni Holy Detox tea in a Double Wall Mug

Take time to unwind with a cup of Koni Holy Detox tea in a Koni Double Wall Mug.

Here are some tips that may help with your monthly PMS symptoms:

1.    “Relax” – it is easier to say, and harder to do, but your body really needs it during this time. A week before your PMS symptoms kick in, try to reduce your anxiety and stress levels. If you can, schedule a massage the week you know you are going to PMS. There are many places in town that offer great deals. If you don’t have the money or time to get a monthly massage, stretching daily also helps. Click here to view some of my stretching techniques.

Another great way to reduce your stress level is to take some time out of your day to make a pot of relaxing tea. Koni Serenity Now contains rooibos, a tea that is known to calm the nerves and relieve nervous tension. The addition of pineapple and coconut pieces will have you swept away to tropical paradise. While I am PMSing, I always find time make a pot of Serenity Now rooibos tea, turn on some relaxing music, and soak in a hot bath. Studies show that just a few minutes in a warm bath or shower will increase serotonin levels!

2.    Long before Western Medicine and over-the-counter and prescription medication was so common, women had to rely on natural remedies and herbal tea to treat PMS symptoms.  Mama Le raised me to try every herbal remedy I could get my hands on before popping a pill. She always said, “Treat your pain with something natural before you try a chemical. You don’t know what you’re putting in your body with those prescription drugs or what you can find at the store. With these herbs and tea, at least you know they are natural and you won’t end up with some dangerous side effect.” She is right and to this day, I always try a natural remedy first.

herbs
If you are not sensitive to caffeine, Koni PMS-B-Gone is a delicious remedy that helps relieve PMS symptoms such as cramps, bloating, and headaches. This chai tea is a delicious blend of chocolate, hazelnut, ginger, cinnamon, black tea and rooibos tea.The caffeine in Koni PMS-B-Gone Black Tea is known to fight fatigue and to act as a diuretic, helping to reduce bloating. Its caffeine level is half that of coffee so you’re not overly caffeinated, which may cause nervousness.
PMS B Gone Black Tea contains L-theanine, a unique amino acid found almost exclusively in tea. L-theanine works to counteract nervousness caused by caffeine without inhibiting caffeine’s stimulating properties. In addition, the chocolate helps to satisfy those sweet cravings we tend to have before our period, and ginger has been effective in relieving inflammation, pain, an upset stomach and nausea. The University of Maryland Medical Center recommends taking ginger two to three times a day while you are experiencing menstrual cramps. Click here for my Stomach Soothing tonic made with Koni Stomach Soother caffeine free tea.

If you are sensitive to caffeine, then I recommend Koni Serenity Now as mentioned in tip #1, Stomach Soother as I just mentioned, and Holy Detox when you are PMSing. Holy Detox is a caffeine free tea containing tulsi, an ancient and revered herb, which has adaptogenic qualities that can lower cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol, often referred to as the “stress hormone,” is produced and secreted by the adrenal glands. Having 3-5 cups of this tea before your period will lower cortisol levels and alleviate some of the emotional stress associated with PMS.

3.    Diet management is also very important when you are PMSing. Complex carbohydrates (such as those found in whole grains and vegetables) are good to eat during PMS, simple carbohydrates (such as those found in sugary snacks and white bread) can actually increase water retention, irritability and other PMS symptoms. So you should up your intake of fruits, veggies, and whole grains and cut back on sugar, artificial sweeteners, fat, and salt. This will not only benefit you while you are PMSing but it will also make you feel better the rest of the month. Eating healthier will keep your lean and trim, which adds to a healthier and happier attitude. Check out my recipes (such as my cilantro and black bean quinoa, marinated vegetable kabob, and slimming blueberry smoothie) in the 3 day detox for healthy and delicious food ideas.  A great tea to accompany your meals during this time is Koni Simply Slim. This premium black oolong tea blend has been shown to relieve bloating, fight fatigue, and with the addition of ginger, it also helps with nausea and digestive issues.

Koni Simply Slim tea

Koni Simply Slim Oolong Tea

4.    Our thoughts and mental state have a large impact on our physical ability. When we are stressed we tend to take rapid and shallow breaths.  Deep, focused breathing can help you relax, reduce stress, and eliminate cramps. When I am PMSing and get cramps or headaches, I often use techniques that I learned in my yoga and meditation classes to help me concentrate on my breathing. All you do is take a full breath in, fill up your entire lungs; hold for a count of 5, and slowly release it.  This always gives me a good shot of oxygen when I need it and brings healing energy to the area that is causing me pain.

5.    Moderate exercise can help relax muscles and alleviate cramps, headaches, backaches, and all kinds of body aches and pains. You don’t have to do anything strenuous. Something light at least 3-5 days a week is a great way to keep your body in balance and to relieve daily stress. Yoga, martial arts, and many other activities use breathing to focus our energies on the task at hand. Exercise also helps ease sadness and anxiety, which are both common symptoms of PMS.

Koni PMS B Gone tea

Koni PMS B Gone Black Tea

In taking these steps to help control your discomfort and distress, you may enjoy a more peaceful time before your monthly periods.

Benefits of Koni Black Tea

September 9th, 2011 by Tea Chick

Black tea is the perfect morning drink. Whether it is a rich chai or a robust unflavored leaf, the high caffeine content can help you get your day started. Black tea is also the perfect substitute for coffee and it’s so much healthier too! Here is a quick overview of the many benefits of black tea.

Kick the Coffee: Black tea is the perfect drink to help you transition off coffee.  An 8 oz cup of coffee has approximately 150-200 mg of caffeine.  Coffee’s high caffeine content may raise blood pressure, blood sugar, and decrease bone density.  Consuming a lot of caffeine can also speed bone loss, and it might reduce birth weight and raise the risk of miscarriage.  Caffeine can also precipitate heartburn, anxiety, and rapid heartbeat.  A strong cup of black tea has between 50-75 mg of caffeine and also contains the amino acid L-Theanine.  L-Theanine creates a calming effect in the body.  Therefore, black tea will give you enough perks without the crash and jitters.

Koni Kick the Coffee - click on image

Koni Kick the Coffee - click on image

Heart Health: Research has shown that the antioxidants in premium loose leaf black tea are beneficial for heart health.  The Department of Medicine at the University of Western Australia found that ingestion of black tea contributed to dilation of the arteries and blood vessels that support the heart. Add 5 cups of Koni black tea to your day for heart protection.

Weight Loss: Drinking black tea can help to burn fat, speed up metabolism, and block the fattening effects of carbohydrates.  This makes it an ideal drink for those who are looking to lose weight, or who exercise regularly.  To speed up your weight loss regimen, check out the Koni Slim package.

Koni Slim Gift Set - clik on image

Koni Slim Gift Set - clik on image

Stroke and Cholesterol: A study from the Netherlands National Institute of Public Health concluded that the flavonoids in black tea helps to reduce the production of LDL – the “bad” cholesterol that can lead to stroke and heart attacks. Furthermore, men who drank over four cups of black tea per day had a significantly lower risk of stroke than men who drank only two to three cups per day.

My suggestions:

If you are new to black tea, I suggest a cup of Koni Crème Early Grey.  The bergamot flavor in this tea is perfectly paired with Madagascar vanilla to create a smooth finish with a citrus undertone.

KONI Creme Earl Grey - click on image

KONI Creme Earl Grey - click on image

If you need a coffee substitute, jump start your morning with Koni Wake Your Assam Up!  This invigorating blend of black assam will give you the power you need for those early meetings.  With hints of malt and toast, this full bodied stout-like blend makes a perfect brew that’s loaded with energy.

If you are more of a flavored coffee person, the perfect substitute is Koni Kick the Coffee.  This is a delicious blend of premium black tea and pu-erh tea enhanced with vanilla, hazelnut, and caramel bits.  Add small cup of milk and your favorite sweetener to make a delicious tea latte. Here are some delicious tea latte recipes to get you started.

Koni Masala Chai latte - click for recipe

Koni Masala Chai latte - click for recipe

Replenish Protein Smoothie

September 4th, 2011 by Tea Chick

To rev-up on energy, maintain muscle strength and repair body cells, it is very important to refill your gas tank immediately after exercise. When you sweat, you lose water, and potassium and magnesium electrolyte ions which help cells retain fluid. That’s why I always hydrate with Koni Replenish Rooibos Tea during my workout. This delicious lemon strawberry caffeine free tea is packed with vitamins and minerals, such as zinc, copper, calcium, manganese, magnesium, and potassium. After my workout, I always like to replenish with a protein shake or smoothie. This is the best time to get protein into your body to begin healing the small tears in the muscle tissue. Here is a recipe for one of my favorite smoothies packed with spinach, tropical fruit, protein, and antioxidant rich Koni Tea.

Koni Replenish Protein Smoothie ingredients

Koni Replenish Protein Smoothie ingredients

INGREDIENTS:

3 cups of Koni Replenish Rooibos Tea (brewed and cooled)

1 large banana

1 handful of spinach

1 cup of mango chunks

1 cup of almond milk

½ cup of blueberries

1 scoop of vanilla protein

DIRECTIONS:

Combine everything in the blender, including the chilled loose leaf green tea, and puree until smooth.

Koni Double Wall Mug with the delicious protein smoothie.

Koni Double Wall Mug with the delicious protein smoothie.

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