The Top 5 Reasons You Should Drink More Tea

Pouring a cup of tea
Photo by Loverna Journey on Unsplash

Tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water and many people like to drink tea because it gives them a sense of calm and focus; however, most people do not realize how many health benefits this drink provides, such as weight loss, improved heart health, dental care, and more.

Here are some ways you can incorporate this healthy drink into your life:

The Health Benefits of Drinking Tea

  • Tea Protects Your Heart Against Saturated Fats
    Trans fats are some of the worst ingredients for heart health. They raise your cholesterol level, which increases the risk of heart disease.
  • High Quality Tea Contains a Great Source of Antioxidants
    This helps lower your LDL cholesterol because antioxidants fight off free radicals. Those are the bad guys (cells) that cause damage to your body and is a great fighter against many diseases.
  • A Great Source of L-Carnitine
    This ingredient helps convert fats into energy. This means that your body can absorb more of the good fats.
  • Can Keep You Calmer
    Mint teas, chamomile teas, lavender teas, and rose teas are just some of the teas that can give you a calming effect, especially if you are stressed.
  • Tea Helps with Weight Management
    Teas have catechins that may boost metabolism and when your metabolism is higher, you use more energy; in other words, it helps your body break down fats more quickly. Additionally, caffeine in tea also increases your energy use, causing your body to burn more calories. Caffeine also helps to keep you more alert. One caveat though is people who have heart conditions should consult with a medical professional prior to consuming caffeine.

    One Size Does Not Fit All

Did you know that each teabag has different amounts of caffeine in it? You can even drink different types of tea to discover how it affects your body. Here are some teas you can consider:

  • Green Tea:
    When you drink green tea, you are getting lots of nutrients in addition to caffeine. It’s a great source of antioxidants that can help you fight against heart disease, cancer, diabetes, and more.
  • Black Tea: Black tea is a very high antioxidant and can help with liver disease, diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer, and more. It also helps relieve pain, reduces the effects of acne, and has anti-inflammatory properties that can help with digestive issues.
  • White Tea: If you are looking for a less intense caffeinated tea, white tea is a great option. 

    How To Make Tea

Glass with teabag in it
Photo by Svitlana on Unsplash

Do not let a cloudy tea glass scare you. There are several different ways to make tea that will make it a little clearer. The first way to make tea is by soaking the tea leaves in water, ideally boiling them for three minutes.

The best thing to do is steep the tea leaves in a pot with enough water to cover the leaves, bring it to a boil, and then let it sit for two minutes. If the tea still isn’t clear, place the tea leaves in a strainer and rinse the leaves through several times. To make a light tea, add a teaspoon of honey to the water. If the leaves are still a little cloudy, place them in a strainer and rinse them through a couple of times. Having black tea does not mean you have to do without sugar. To make a tea with just enough sugar, add a teaspoon of honey to the water.

 

Best Types of Tea for Your Health

For many of the health benefits listed above, you can drink an assortment of teas, which can come in a variety of flavors and strengths. Generally, the darker the tea, the stronger and more antioxidant-rich it is. There are many health benefits that come from drinking loose-leaf teas. The darker the tea leaves, the more caffeine it contains.

Generally, green and oolong teas have less caffeine, while black and yellow teas have a lot of caffeine. It’s important to make sure that you always use high-quality loose-leaf tea. This is because it is the best way to get the most health benefits. Look for loose-leaf tea made from High-Quality Teas, which have been carefully brewed and steeped to extract the most caffeine out of the tea leaves.

What Exactly is Tea?

Tea Leaves from plants
Photo by Timothy Newman on Unsplash

What Is Tea? Tea is an herbaceous perennial plant that originated in Asia. Tea’s botanical name is Camellia sinensis. It can be brewed from black, green, oolong, and white teas. The botanical name for green tea is C.sinensis var. assamica.

Tea tree oil is the name for a derivative of tea tree. Tea tree oil has been used for a long time as a topical and oral spray to treat a variety of conditions. It’s used to heal skin infections, wounds, itching, eczema, acne, and sunburns. It’s also used to repel insects and pests. It is also used as an antiseptic in people with skin infections. Tea & Cola I am sure you can guess this right away – the combination of tea and cola tastes awful.

What is the Best Time to Drink Tea?

Tea has caffeine, but it’s much less than coffee or soda. While drinking tea does not have the same negative effects as caffeine, it can be harmful if you drink it too close to bedtime, as it has been shown to keep you awake longer. How much tea should I drink? If you want to lose weight, drink around five cups of tea a day.

If you are looking to lose weight and promote a healthy diet, you should drink around three cups of tea a day. Drinking tea can lower your cholesterol and insulin levels. What other benefits does tea offer? Tea is high in antioxidants, which can help lower the risk of heart disease and cancer. It is also a natural substance to make bile, which aids in digestion. Tea contains sugar, but it can be sweetened with honey, maple syrup, or fruit.

Can I Drink Tea While Pregnant?

Many pregnant women drink green tea, as it helps to lower the chances of birth defects and other complications. However, a small amount of research shows that drinking tea while pregnant could put your child at a higher risk for death from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). However, most of these studies were done on rats, so it is not yet clear if drinking tea during pregnancy is actually harmful to your baby. For more information, click here. Can I drink green tea when breastfeeding? Most green tea companies will produce tea with caffeine that has been decaffeinated. That means you can drink green tea while breastfeeding, but it is not recommended.

Can I Drink Tea if I Have Type 2 Diabetes?

According to The American Diabetes Association, tea is one of the best non-medicinal diabetes treatments. However, it is still important to talk to your doctor before adding it to your daily diabetes regimen. For more information, please visit the American Diabetes Association website. Can I drink tea if I have type 1 diabetes? A non-tea drink like juice can be very harmful to your body when consumed every day. Therefore, it is recommended that people with diabetes slowly reduce their juice consumption and increase the amount of water they drink. For more information, please visit the American Diabetes Association website. Can I drink tea if I have type 2 diabetes? Tea has an almost equal mix of carbohydrates and protein as other foods.

Which is Healthier, Green or Black Tea?

Both green and black tea contain polyphenols, which are phytonutrients, but only green tea contains catechins.

1. Catechins support the body’s natural detoxification mechanisms.
2. Catechins provide antioxidant properties that help fight harmful free radicals in the body.
3. Catechins have neuroprotective benefits, which help protect the brain from damage.
4. Catechins support the metabolism of glucose, which helps control blood sugar levels.
5. Catechins can help slow the aging of the skin and promote glowing skin.
6. Catechins help reduce the body’s production of uric acid, which causes gout.

Bottom Line

Most all teas carry a large array of health benefits, but it is up to you to decide which teas are best for you or maybe try different ones and not stick to just one kind of tea.


Healthy Bagels


How Our Kettle Cooked Bagels are Made!


Assorted BagelsContinuing on our binge of healthy items at the bagel store, we have so spoken about eating healthy foods and what healthy foods are available at the bagel store, but we have not touched specifically on healthy bagels! That’s right. Healthy bagels!

This article describes how bagels fit into a healthy diet and gives tips on how you can maximize their nutritional value. Here is everything you need to know about bagels, including what people say about incorporating them into a nutritional diet. Knead the dough, form a circle with a hole in the middle, then cook and bake the bagels.

The nutritional content of bagels can vary widely, with countless varieties made from an assortment of ingredients. In general, bagels are made from whole foods which are healthy in their own right. The simplest bagel is made from a mixture of refined wheat flour, salt, water, and yeast.

Bagels can be healthier than breakfast pastries, such as croissants and donuts because they contain less fat. The exact nutritional value of a bagel depends on the ingredients and toppings used. While its value can vary depending on the variety, bagels are a good source of energy and carbohydrates as well as small to medium amounts of protein.

wholewheat_bagelsWhole grain bagels contain more vitamins, minerals, and fiber than regular bagels. Bagels that are billed as wholemeal are made from 100 percent wholemeal flour, but you can also eat standard bagels made from processed flour. However, do not assume that they always contain whole grains.

When you buy bagels, it is best to choose from the whole food options: flour, yeast, salt, barley malt, and eggs. Given all these options, it can be difficult to decide which bagels to buy if you want to eat healthily.

Eating Healthy at Cino’s Bagels

Fruits and Vegetables
Eat Healthy

No way you say? At a bagel store? Because you immediately become emersed in the thought of bagels and the calories that accompany them but did you ever think about the food items you can eat that are low on calories and also healthy for your body and brain? With over 30 years of baking experience, let’s see what healthy treats Cinos can do for you!

Yogurt Parfait

Packed with protein, fiber, calcium, iron, and vitamin C, how can you go wrong? This tasty breakfast (also as a snack) contains blueberries, strawberries, granola, and of course yogurt.

OK, we know. Most of these parfaits do have some sugar content, but if you are not that concerned about your weight and even if you are, the calorie content is not that much to really be concerned about, and in general, the health benefits can outweigh the negative; however, it really is up to you – the individual to make the final decision.

Let’s start with some blueberries and strawberries (nutrients discussed in the Fresh Fruits section) for your parfait and a little granola to the top.

What is Granola?

Granola with berries
Photo by Dessy Dimcheva on Unsplash

Granola is a very high fiber filling food. It can fill your stomach so you don’t feel hungry for more calorie-ridden snacks. This is referred to as satiation. Granola contains oats and whole grains, which help you not just maintain weight but are also loaded with antioxidants, proteins, healthy fats, and micronutrients.

 

Improves Blood Pressure
Blood pressure problems? Dig into that granola let your blood run (in a healthy way of course). Granola has been found in studies that it can help with hypertension
.

Lowers Cholesterol
The oats in granola contain beta-glucan, which studies have shown that these oats help to reduce “bad” cholesterol (LDL) levels. This can help in reducing the possibility of heart disease.

Fresh Fruit

You don’t have to have a parfait to enjoy some healthy low-calorie foods. Have a feast on fresh blueberries, strawberries, and bananas along with your wake me up coffee or cappuccino.

Here are the benefits of eating fresh fruit:

Blueberries

Fresh Berries in a bowl
Photo by Brandon Wilson on Unsplash

This superfood is packed with antioxidants, which is a healthy element that attacks free radicals and free radicals is not something that you want in your body.

Blueberries are known to have one of the highest antioxidant capacities compared to other fruits and vegetables. The benefits of acquiring antioxidants on a daily basis help to lower the risk of heart disease and brain diseases, as well as help people with stress and anxiety.

Strawberries

Fiber is a welcome ingredient here, as well as fighting oxidative stress (the result of free radicals), which, like blueberries help to reduce the risk of illnesses such as heart disease and cancer.

In Closing

These are just a sample of healthy foods Cinos can provide. We didn’t even tell you about our veggie sandwiches. Why not drop by and check it out? And don’t forget to have a cup of our freshly made cappuccino!


5 Ways to Stay Healthy

Woman Exercising
Image by 5132824 from Pixabay

During this pandemic, we need to stay as healthy as possible, whether we have been vaccinated or not.
In this article, we review five ways you can maintain your health.

Keeping Clean

Let’s start with washing your hands. This is your first defense against the virus or any virus, even the common cold! Make it a habit to keep your hands clean after leaving a public location; such as a bus, train, taxi, airlines, restroom, or even when using such minor things as using a vending machine. Does that sound like an obsession? Maybe it is, but in this environment, it wouldn’t hurt to get a little obsessed! Make sure that you carry some anti-bacterial solution or wipes and you’ll be fine.

Eat Well

Fruits and Vegetables
You can’t go wrong with fruits and veggies!

Eating healthy is a priority and an important one. If you are not eating properly, you will know!

Here is a list of just some of the foods and nutrients that will fight off those free radicals and help to keep your heart running well and your brain thinking clearly.

Salmon

Salmon on a dish

Salmon is loaded with nutrients that keep you healthy. Starting with potassium, which controls your blood pressure and helps to reduce the potential of getting a stroke.

Salmon also contains a good amount of Omega-3 fatty acids. Here’s a list of the most important elements that Omega-3 fatty acids provide:

  • Fights anxiety and depression
  • Reduces long-term inflammation. This helps reduce the risk of getting some of the worst diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.
    Fights autoimmune diseases. This is where your body’s immune system gets overzealous and kills healthy cells, which can make you very unhealthy.
    Reduces the risk of getting Alzheimer’s Disease
  • Reduces the risk of getting cancer. Studies have shown that people who eat salmon regularly have a 55% less chance of getting the disease than those who don’t eat it.
  • Improves eye health.
  • Helps keep your skin healthy.

Shell Fish

Packed with zinc, an essential mineral that helps keep your immune system healthy. During this pandemic, taking foods that contain zinc would be highly recommended.

Bananas
BananasStudies show that eating one banana each day will replenish your fiber intake and provide more antioxidants. And here’s a list of other natural ingredients that bananas have:

 

    • Vitamin C
    • Magnesium
    • Manganese
    • Net carbs
    • FiberProteinSee Your Doctor!

Female doctor with chart

Going for routine maintenance is as essential as doing it with your car. Avoiding this may lead to problems, just like if you avoided maintaining your car, so don’t do it. Especially, if you are reaching senior age or are already in this golden age.

You don’t avoid bringing your car in for routine maintenance, right? Then you should do the same thing with your body. With that said, the older you are, the more this should apply.

Get Vaccinated!

Doctor giving vaccination to a patientThe Delta variant is coming and may hit our shores soon. Although we don’t know the outcome of this one and certainly hope this doesn’t affect us like the original covid did last year, why take the chance. Get the vaccine!

Drink Water

Water is your body’s natural fluid and helps you to lose weight as well. Don’t neglect it. Green tea is a winner also.

Don’t Forget to Exercise!

10,000 steps a day! That is what is recommended and for good reason. Just look at the benefits you can achieve by exercising once per day!

  • Lose weight
  • Improve sleep
  • Strengthens the heart
  • Lower blood pressure
  • Keeps your brain functioning well
  • Reduces anxiety
  • Helps build strong muscles and bones

Gyms are opening up, so take advantage of that or if you are still concerned about covid, jog around your neighborhood or at the park. Buy an exercise machine or simply do it yourself – push-ups, sit-ups, running in place – you choose but just get that blood pumping!

In Closing

Staying healthy and pumping more antioxidants in your body is more important than ever these days as the covid pandemic is still with us, but even if it isn’t, following these basic steps will help to keep you in your best condition.

A healthy breakfast of strawberrys, cottage chease and gronolaAnd to give you a little more incentive, we leave you with this tasty healthy treat!

Blueberries, strawberries mixed with light cottage cheese, raisins, bananas, and granola with nuts. Spices include Tumeric, roasted garlic and herbs, and a bit of ‘Everything’ just like your everything bagel.

Bon Appetite!


What’s the Difference Between Cappuccino and Espresso?

So you go to a bagel store and look at the drink menu. You see the coffee listings and you are bewildered by all the different types of coffee they have. Well, bewilder no more. Here we will discuss what each coffee blend is so you can make an educated decision. Let’s go!

Espresso

Coffee on a tableEver drink black coffee? There you go! Only this type of black coffee will give you the jump start for your morning commute. That’s because espresso is darker and stronger. You will usually get it in a shot glass or you might get it as a double.

With that said, espresso is nothing more than strong black coffee with a bit of milk foam, called macchiato (meaning ‘mark’) at the top. It is also found at the base (bottom) for numerous other coffee drinks.

What is Milk Foam?

Well, you need an espresso machine to start off with. It comes with a steam wand which is needed to push (hot) air into the milk, but only the tip of the wand is placed into the milk and only at the top. Once properly placed, then the air comes out of the wand which causes the mist in the milk. You can then pour the steamed milk on top of the drink, even make some designs. This process of sending air into the milk is called frothering and is an essential process in the making of espresso coffee.


What are the Ingredients of Espresso?

The coffee shop connoisseur boils a minor amount of water. Then he forces the water through very small ground coffee beans, which makes the espresso thicker than the typical coffee you are more familiar with. To finish it off, he places the milk foam at the top.

Believe it or not, espresso is not caffeine heavy and actually has a bit less caffeine than standard coffee.

What is Cappuccino?

A cup of Cappuccino
Photo by Jez Timms on Unsplash

A favorite among Italians. This drink can be served hot or cold, but most people are used to the hot one.

Cappuccino is made with espresso poured at the bottom with milk at the top. In between is steamed milk and milk foam. The proportion of ingredients are 1/3 espresso, 1/3 steamed milk, and 1/3 milk foam.

Sounds tasty right? So the next time you go into your coffee shop or bagel store, get a fresh cup of hot cappuccino!