A Coconut Nut Here…

I’ve not been drinking enough green tea lately. I used to have a cup first thing every morning, but once I started babysitting I stopped. Mainly, because I barely function at 5:30 a.m., so making and drinking tea at that too-early-for-me time just doesn’t happen. Only occasionally have I made green tea on a weekend morning because weekend mornings are for relaxing and having a good pot of breakfast tea.
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Sunday morning though found me trying a new-to-me green tea that I’d picked up at HomeGoods last week. While I’ve purchased other Heath & Heather flavours over the past several years, mainly from teadog, I’d not tried this one. Seeing that it had coconut I definitely wanted to give it a try. One, because I love coconut, and two, because coconut is often rather sweet on its own. I can gladly say that I was not disappointed with this tea.

I tried it first without sweetener and liked it well enough that had I more willpower I could have skipped adding honey, but I didn’t so in went the honey, but not as much as usual so give me a gold star for that. The addition of honey made this nice cup of tea a definite must-buy-more-when-I-run-out tea. The flavour of the green tea was delicate, not at all grassy, and the coconut made for a palate-pleasing addition. I only made one cup, as that’s all the time I had for indulging, but I wish I’d been able to make a whole pot and had my usual three cups. You can bank on the fact that the next time I have this tea that’s exactly what I’m going to do.

This tea contains 97% organic green tea plus natural flavouring. While it doesn’t contain the meat of the coconut, I can’t help but think that it will still provide many of the benefits of coconut. Coconuts are high in MCTs and MCT oil is often recommended in Keto recipes. The fat in coconuts is a medium-chain fatty acid, which is better absorbed as compared to animal saturated fat, and is said to have an anti-inflammatory effect. Reducing inflammation is a big part of why a person changes to Keto. Coconuts are also high in manganese. Manganese is essential for bone health as well as the metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and cholesterol. Another plus is their richness in copper and iron. These elements help form red blood cells as well as selenium which is an important antioxidant that provides protection for your cells.

Heath & Heather has been around since 1920. They work alongside the National Institute of Medical Herbalists (NIMH) to promote the safe use of medicinal herbs. Having 100 years of creating “herbal remedies” under your belt is a pretty good claim to fame. Their other tea that I try to keep in my stash is their Echinacea tea for those times when I catch a cold. All in all though I’d say I have at least eight different tea blends, probably more if I were to take an actual count. Each of these blends has its own health benefits. Some might sound odd, like Aloe Vera or Nettle for example, but those plants were put here for a reason. Why shouldn’t their healing properties be used for just that purpose? Waste not, want not…

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